27 accusers share their stories of Harvey Weinstein’s alleged advances – ABC News
Numerous women have come forward with explosive allegations of sexual harassment, and in some cases, assault, by movie mogul Harvey Weinstein.
A spokesperson for the movie executive told The New Yorker: “Any allegations of non-consensual sex are unequivocally denied by Mr. Weinstein.”
“Mr. Weinstein has further confirmed that there were never any acts of retaliation against any women for refusing his advances. Mr. Weinstein obviously can’t speak to anonymous allegations, but with respect to any women who have made allegations on the record, Mr. Weinstein believes that all of these relationships were consensual,” according to the full statement from Weinstein’s spokesperson. “Mr. Weinstein has begun counseling, has listened to the community and is pursuing a better path. Mr. Weinstein is hoping that, if he makes enough progress, he will be given a second chance.”
Weinstein was terminated on Sunday by the board of The Weinstein Company in light of the allegations. His attorney Charles Harder claimed last week that the initial New York Times story, which also included allegations that Weinstein had reached confidential settlements with his accusers, was “saturated with false and defamatory statements” and said that he was preparing a lawsuit.
The disgraced Hollywood executive said Wednesday in a video obtained by ABC News that he’s “got to get help,” and he has reportedly checked himself into a rehabilitation clinic for behavioral issues, including sex addiction.
Representatives for Weinstein and The Weinstein Company did not immediately respond to requests for comment.
Here is a list of 27 women who spoke out on the record, along with their allegations against Weinstein.
The actress took to Instagram Thursday, claiming that she “was called to meet Harvey Weinstein at the Savoy Hotel when I was 17.”
Beckinsale, 44, said she assumed they’d meet in a conference room, but instead claimed she was told by the reception desk “to go to his room.”
“He opened the door in his bathrobe. I was incredibly naive and young and it did not cross my mind that this older, unattractive man would expect me to have any sexual interest in him. After declining alcohol and announcing that I had school in the morning I left, uneasy but unscathed,” she claimed.
The “Boogie Nights” actress wrote in Variety that Weinstein had allegedly implied that she had to sleep with him to be in one of his films. “There was no explicit mention that to star in one of those films I had to sleep with him, but the subtext was there,” she claimed.
“A few weeks later, I was asked to do a follow-up meeting at his hotel,” she alleged. “I called one of my actress friends to explain my discomfort with the situation, and she offered to come with me. En route, she called me to say she couldn’t make it. Not wanting to be at the hotel alone with him, I made up an excuse — I had an early morning and would have to postpone. Harvey told me that my actress friend was already at his hotel and that both of them would be very disappointed if I didn’t show. I knew he was lying, so I politely and apologetically reiterated that I could no longer come by.”
Graham, 47, said she was “never hired for one of his films, and I didn’t speak up about my experience.”
The actress said on social media Wednesday that she’s had two allegedly inappropriate incidents with Weinstein.
Delevingne, who has said that she is bisexual, alleged Weinstein once called to advise her against ever going public with a same-sex relationship for the good of her career. She also alleged that a year or so after that “odd and uncomfortable call,” Weinstein brought her to a hotel room after a business meeting for an upcoming film, where she claims he asked her to kiss another woman before making a sexual advance himself. She rebuffed him and left.
She shared that she later landed the role in the movie, but always questioned why. Delevingne and Weinstein worked together on the 2017 film “Tulip Fever.”
“Since then I felt awful that I did the movie. I felt like I didn’t deserve the part,” she wrote. “I was so hesitant about speaking out….I didn’t want to hurt his family. I felt guilty as if I did something wrong. I was also terrified that this sort of thing had happened to so many women I know but no one had said anything because of fear.”
The French actress wrote in The Guardian that she saw Weinstein allegedly acting inappropriate several times throughout her career.
Seydoux also detailed one alleged incident when Weinstein invited her to “his hotel room for a drink.” A female assistant then left the two of them alone. “That’s the moment where he started losing control,” she alleged.
“We were talking on the sofa when he suddenly jumped on me and tried to kiss me,” she claimed. “I had to defend myself. He’s big and fat, so I had to be forceful to resist him. I left his room, thoroughly disgusted. I wasn’t afraid of him, though. Because I knew what kind of man he was all along.”
Judd told the Times that about 20 years ago, she was invited to a Beverly Hills hotel, where Weinstein asked for a massage or to have the young actress watch him shower.
“I said no, a lot of ways, a lot of times, and he always came back at me with some new ask,” she said in the Times story from last week. She rebuffed him but later appeared in two of his films without incident, she told the Times.
The Oscar winner found herself in a hotel room in 1995 with Weinstein, she told The New Yorker.
“He started massaging my shoulders, which made me very uncomfortable, and then tried to get more physical, sort of chasing me around,” she said, adding that she then left the room.
She believes that her rebuttal hurt her career, though she maintained a relationship with Weinstein’s brother who she claims she never told about the incident.
Evans told The New Yorker the assault began in 2004. She was aspiring actress and said Weinstein “forced me to perform oral sex on him.”
“I said, over and over, ‘I don’t want to do this, stop, don’t,’ ” she said. “He’s a big guy. He overpowered me.”
The Italian actress was invited under the guise of a “party” in 1997, but only found Weinstein in his hotel room, she told The New Yorker.
He asked for a massage then forced oral sex on her, she said.
“I was not willing,” she said. “I said, ‘No, no, no.”
Argento maintained a relationship with Weinstein and had consensual sexual relations with him multiple times over the course of the next five years.
Ambra Battilana Gutierrez
Gutierrez was a model in 2015 when she said she went to Weinstein’s office for a business meeting, she told The New Yorker. She claims he groped her and tried to reach his hand up her skirt. She reported the alleged assault to the New York Police Department.
The next day, she met with Weinstein again wearing a wire in the hope of recording a confession. In the recording, the model asks Weinstein why he had grabbed her breasts the day before. He replies, “Oh, please, I’m sorry, just come on in. I’m used to that. Come on. Please,” according to audio released by the New Yorker.
As the recording continues, Weinstein tries to convince her to come into his hotel room while he showers despite her protests. After a nearly two-minute encounter, he agrees to let Gutierrez leave.
The Manhattan District Attorney’s Office decided not to file charges after a two-week investigation and Weinstein was never prosecuted. They later reached a confidential settlement that included an affidavit that behavior he confessed to did not happen.
Arquette said she met Weinstein in his hotel room in the early 1990s.
She claims Weinstein tried to force her to give him a massage, then tried to force her hand on his genitals. Although she did have roles in subsequent films, she claims her refusal hurt her career from that moment on, she told The New Yorker. Arquette also spoke to The New York Times.
She was a front desk assistant for Weinstein, and she told The New Yorker that when she first began working for the producer in 2014, he asked her to coffee.
There, she alleges Weinstein told her, “I could put you in my London office, and you could work there and you could be my girlfriend.”
She told The New Yorker that it’s a “clear case of sexual harassment.” She told The New Yorker that she did have a conversation with company officials but did not pursue it because she was told Weinstein would be informed of everything she said.
Emma de Caunes
The French actress told The New Yorker that in 2010, she went to his hotel room under the impression that they would discuss a potential movie role. He took shower and came out naked. She claims Weinstein demanded that she get on the bed.
She declined and left.
Barth, an actress, told The New Yorker that she met Weinstein at the Golden Globes in 2011 and she was also invited to his hotel room, where he dangled a film role over her in exchange for a “naked massage.”
She refused and left.
The actress credits Weinstein with giving her her star-making role in the film “Emma,” and according to her interview with the New York Times, before filming began, Weinstein invited her to join him for massages in his hotel room, which she declined.
Paltrow said their relationship was rocky for some time afterward, as Weinstein was apparently angry that she’d confided in her boyfriend at the time, Brad Pitt. Paltrow went on to win an Oscar for another Weinstein-produced film, “Shakespeare in Love.”
Jolie said in an email to the Times that she rejected unwanted advances from Harvey Weinstein in the ’90s and from that point forward, made a point to warn other women against working with him.
The aspiring actress told the Times that she met Weinstein in 1984 and hoped he could help her career. She said she arrived to a meeting to find him nude in a bathtub and claimed he suggested “getting naked in front of him” to help with her audition. She declined.
Kendall claimed in an interview with the Times that after she refused to give Weinstein a massage in the early ’90s, he asked her to show him her breasts. She said no.
The French actress told the Times that at the 1996 Cannes Film Festival, Weinstein asked her to give him a massage and after she said no, she found the producer “pressing against me and pulling off my sweater.” She managed to leave the room.
A female Miramax executive told her to keep quiet, she alleged.
Dunning, a former actress, told the Times that Weinstein allegedly offered her contracts for his next three films if she would have three-way sex with him. When she declined, she claims he allegedly told her, “You’ll never make it in this business.”
During a Tuesday press conference with her attorney Gloria Allred, Geiss, a former actress and screenwriter, accused Weinstein of offering to greenlight her script if she’d watch him masturbate. She left the room, and soon thereafter, the industry.
The former Weinstein Company employee told the Times that Weinstein repeatedly asked for massages.
“It was so manipulative,” she claimed. “You constantly question yourself — am I the one who is the problem?”
The Times reported the former London assistant to Weinstein while he was at Miramax confronted her boss about his alleged treatment of her and others back in 1998, threatening to initiate legal action or go public with her story if he didn’t change his behavior. Perkins settled with a company lawyer and declined to comment, according to the Times.
The British actress told The Guardian that when she was 18 years old, she allegedly had to meet Weinstein in his hotel room.
“So I had to go to his hotel room in the Savoy, and he answered the door in his bathrobe,” she claimed. “I was only 18. I felt violated by it, it has stayed very clearly in my memory.”
Garai claimed she spoke to Weinstein while he sat there in a bathrobe. “The point was that he could get a young woman to do that, that I didn’t have a choice, that it was humiliating for me and that he had the power. It was an abuse of power,” she said.
Sarah Ann Masse
The comedian claimed she had an encounter with Weinstein back in 2008 when she was interviewing to be the nanny for his three children with Eve Chilton. After several interviews with female assistants, Masse claimed that Weinstein asked to meet with her.
When she arrived to his Connecticut home, he was in his “boxer shorts and an undershirt,” she told Variety.
At the end of the interview, she claimed Weinstein “gave me this really tight, close hug that lasted for quite a long period of time. He was still in his underwear. Then he told me he loved me. I left right after that.”
The writer wrote in The Times of London that in 1995 she had an inappropriate encounter with Weinstein in his hotel room.
Although others were there when she arrived, they suddenly “vanished,” she claimed.
“I could hear him moving around and suddenly the sound of bath taps running,” Campbell, whose father was the 6th Earl of Cawdor, claimed. “‘What do you say we both jump in the bath?’ he hollered. I could hear the thump of shoes being taken off and felt shocked that the meeting had turned sleazy.”
She said she found an exit and left.
The New Zealand writer and model wrote in a blog on Medium that she allegedly had an inappropriate encounter with Weinstein when she was 23 years old in his suite at the Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc.
“Harvey left the room, but not for long,” she wrote. “He re-emerged naked a couple of minutes later and asked if I would give him a massage. Panicking, in shock, I remember weighing up the options and wondering how much I needed to placate him to keep myself safe. He asked if I would like a massage instead, and for a second I thought this might be a way to give him an inch without him taking a mile.”
She said she confronted him and emerged physically unharmed by the experience but it was nonetheless shocking.
In 2007, Sivan was a news anchor on Long Island 12, a local cable channel in New York, when she said she met Weinstein at a New York City restaurant.
“We talked about news, we talked about politics, we talked about our love of history,” she told ABC News’ “20/20.” “He was really flattering … which at the time made me feel great.”
Sivan said they left the restaurant and went to a club, where Weinstein said he was an owner, and she accepted when he offered to give her a tour of the downstairs kitchen area. But when she got there, she realized the area was empty and said she became uncomfortable.
“He’s blocking the exit with his body,” she claimed. “He leaned in to kiss me at that point, and I recoiled. I realized, ‘Oh, this is a bad situation.’ I apologized to him. I said, ‘I’m so sorry if I gave you the wrong idea. I’m in a relationship.’”
“He said, ‘Just stand there and be quiet,” Sivan alleged. “And that’s when he exposed himself and began masturbating, and I just stood there in shock and watched until he eventually ejaculated into a potted plant.”
A day or two later, Sivan said Weinstein called her and asked to meet up with her again. She said she told him she wasn’t interested and after that, she said she never heard from him again. Sivan said she has shared her story with friends but never spoke about it publicly until now and never reported it.
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