Investigations by the New York Times and The New Yorker have brought out untold stories of alleged sexual harassment by Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein over several decades. Weinstein is one of the most celebrated and successful producers in the business, but he has been fired by his Weinstein Company’s board after the allegations were reported earlier this month. Since the first report came out on October 5, many actresses, employees and former employees have come forward to give accounts of harassment by Weinstein, some of them leading names in Hollywood.
The Times’ investigation revealed a history of unsolicited sexual advances, harassment and physical contact with women. It gave accounts of former and current employees, people from the cinema industry, legal records, emails and also internal documents of his businesses Miramax and the Weinstein Company.
Harvey’s movies have won at least 300 Oscar nominations and a great number of Academy awards. The Times investigation revealed that he had, over the years, reached at least eight settlements in harassment cases women indicating complaints were raised by multiple people against his conduct.
The New Yorker investigation includes rape allegations by at least three women. The allegations were, however, denied with the argument that every encounter was consensual. Weinstein, who was also a prominent fundraiser for democrats Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton, has also received condemnation from the Obamas. Former President Barack Obama and former first lady Michelle Obama found the acts disgusting and said the the courage of the women who have come out with these stories should be celebrated.
Here are some of the allegations levelled against Weinstein:
Academy award winning actor Gwyneth Paltrow was signed by Weinstein for ‘Emma’ when she was 22 and an aspiring actor. According to the report, Paltrow was summoned by Weinstein to his suite at Peninsula Beverly Hills hotel for a business meeting. Paltrow told the Times that towards the end of an uneventful meeting, Weinstein placed his hands on her and suggested that they “head to the bedroom for massages”. After refusing his advances, Paltrow reportedly complained to Brad Pitt, her then boyfriend, who confronted Weinstein. The producer apparently reprimanded Paltrow for her confession to Pitt who confronted him at a theatre premier and warned him never to touch Paltrow again. Weinstein reportedly warned her not to tell anyone else. The actress said that she feared Weinstein would fire her.
About two decades ago, the Times report said, Weinstein called Ashley Judd to Peninsula Beverly Hills hotel for a business breakfast meeting. Instead of Weinstein meeting her in the restaurant, the producer had her sent to his suite. Judd was met by Weinstein who had come in a bathrobe asking “if he could give her a massage” or “she could watch him shower”. The ‘massage advance’ was an almost constant fixture in his alleged overtures on women. Judd mentioned that Weinstein would employ coercive bargaining seeking acceptability to his solicitations like physical contact, exhibitionism etc.
“I said no, a lot of ways, a lot of times, and he always came back at me with some new ask,” she told the Times. “It was all this bargaining, this coercive bargaining.”
Angelina Jolie told the Times that Weinstein made unwanted advances on her whilst in a hotel room. She said she rejected his overtures. “I had a bad experience with Harvey Weinstein in my youth, and as a result, chose never to work with him again and warn others when they did,” Jolie told the Times in an email, adding, “This behavior towards women in any field, any country is unacceptable.”
Weinstein, in 2014, called Emily Nestor, a temporary employee only a day into her job, to a hotel. Weinstein allegedly made her an offer that if she was willing to accept his sexual advances, he would “boost her career”. The Times report said Nestor provided this account to her then colleagues who sent it ahead to executives.
Lauren O’Connor wrote in a memo about the harassment by their boss Weinstein. In 2015, a female assistant was pressured to give Weinstein a massage as he lay naked. This left her “crying and distraught”, O’Connor wrote.
Model and actor Cara Delevingne shared on her Instagram, “When I first started to work as an actress, i was working on a film and I received a call from Harvey Weinstein asking if I had slept with any of the women I was seen out with in the media. It was a very odd and uncomfortable call….i answered none of his questions and hurried off the phone but before I hung up, he said to me that If I was gay or decided to be with a woman especially in public that I’d never get the role of a straight woman or make it as an actress in Hollywood.” A couple of years later Harvey proceeded to make advances on her. He asked her to kiss another woman and then tried to kiss her himself.
Katherine Kendall, the actress who worked in the movie ‘Swingers’, alleged that Weinstein undressed and chased her around in a room. The Times quoted her as recalling the incident in a recent interview saying, “I’ll never work again and no one is going to care or believe me.”
In 1984, Tomi-Ann Roberts was a college junior was in New York. Weinstein approached her to audition for a movie. Weinstein apparently asked her to meet him where he was staying to discuss a film. Roberts said that Weinstein was naked in the bathtub when she arrived. Roberts was told her audition would be much better if she were comfortable “getting naked in front of him” as the role required a topless scene.
In 1990, British actor Sophie Dix was only 22 when Weinstein allegedly invited her to his hotel room to watch some rushes of the film she was working in at the time. She told The Guardian, “As soon as I was in there, I realized it was a terrible mistake. I got to the hotel room, I remember talk of a massage and I thought that was pretty gross. I think he showed me his big back and I found that pretty horrid.” She added, “Then before I knew it, he started trying to pull my clothes off and pin me down and I just kept saying, ‘No, no, no.’ But he was really forceful. I remember him pulling at my trousers and stuff and looming over me and I just sort of—I am a big, strong girl and I bolted . . . ran for the bathroom and locked the door.”
She continued, “I was in there for a while, I think. He went very quiet. After a while I remember opening the door and seeing him just there facing the door, masturbating, so I quickly closed the door again and locked it. Then when I heard room service come to the door, I just ran.”
In the 1990s, Rosanna Arquette, born to a film family and who had just given a hit ‘Desperately Seeking Susan’, was called to the hotel to pick up a script. She was ushered to Weinstein’s room where the producer was waiting in a bathrobe and complained of neck pain. Weinstein allegedly asked for a massage and Arquette recommended a professional masseuse, according to Maria Smith who heard about the incident from Arquette. She said Weinstein then grabbed Arquette’s hand and she refused all advances and was told she was making a big mistake, apart from boasting about the famous women he had shared intimate relations with. Arquette left the room saying “I’m not that girl. I’ll never be that girl.”
In 1996, Godrèche met Weinstein at the Cannes Film Festival. Godrèche was already an established film star in France. Her film ‘Ridicule’ was supposed to open the festival and he had just acquired it. After a breakfast meeting where he wanted to discuss the meeting, Weinstein met Godrèche with a female executive who later disappeared. He invited her to take a look at the view from his hotel room. Godrèche alleged that in the room he asked her for a massage and when she refused, Weinstein told her that it was an American custom and he gave it to his secretary all the time. The actress alleged he tried to physically overpower her and undress her. That is when she left.
In 1990, when Beckinsale was only 17, she alleges she was invited at the Savoy Hotel to meet with Harvey Weinstein. Kate writes in her Instagram post, “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 adds, “I had what I thought were boundaries – I said no to him professionally many times over the years-some of which ended up with him screaming at me calling me a c**t and making threats, some of which made him laughingly tell people oh ‘Kate lives to say no to me’.”
The French actor recalls that in 1995 Harvey asked her to meet him at The Ritz. Harvey’s wife was allegedly in the next room at the time. Darel told Le Parisien, “He started to tell me that he found me very attractive and wanted to have relations with me. I told him I was very in love with my companion. He replied that didn’t bother him at all and offered to have me be his mistress a few days a year. That way we could continue to work together. Basically, it was ‘If you want to continue in America, you have to go through me’.”
In 1997, actor Asia Argento was invited to a party at the Hôtel du Cap-Eden-Roc. When she reached the place, there were only two attendees, Harvey and another producer. She told The New Yorker, “I’m, like, ‘Where is the f***ing party?’”. Weinstein praised her work but eventually left the room, Upon his return, he was in a bath robe with a bottle of lotion in his hand. “He asks me to give a massage. I was, like, ‘Look, man, I am no f***ing fool.’ But, looking back, I am a f***ing fool. And I am still trying to come to grips with what happened.”
Mira Sorvino told The New Yorker that in 1995 while she was at the Toronto International Film Festival to promote her film ‘Mighty Aphrodite’, she found herself alone in a hotel room with Weinstein. who was also the producer of the film. “He started massaging my shoulders, which made me very uncomfortable, and then tried to get more physical, sort of chasing me around.” Mira rushed out of the room saying it was against her religion to date someone who was married.
British actor Romola Garai told The Guardian that she auditioned for Harvey at the Savoy Hotel when she was only 18. She recalled, “So I had to go to his hotel room in the Savoy, and he answered the door in his bathrobe. I was only 18. I felt violated by it, it has stayed very clearly in my memory.”
Actor Claire Forlani, who has worked with Weinstein for the film ‘Boys and Girls’ wrote on Twitter that she escaped Harvey’s advances 5 times. “Yes, massage was suggested,” she writes. “I remember him telling me all the actresses who had slept with him and what he had done for them. I wasn’t drinking the cool aid [sic], I knew Harvey was a master manipulator.”
It was in the early 2000s when Heather was propositioned by Harvey. He told her that he wanted put her in one of his movies. She told Variety, “He mentioned that he had an agreement with his wife. He could sleep with whomever he wanted when he was out of town. I walked out of the meeting feeling uneasy. There was no explicit mention that to star in one of those films I had to sleep with him, but the subtext was there.”
Barth was invited by Harvey Weinstein for a business meeting at the Peninsula Hotel. He called her up to his room where he had already ordered champagne and sushi. She recalls him asking, “So, what would happen if, say, we’re having some champagne and I take my clothes off and you give me a massage? And I’m, like, ‘That’s not going to happen’.” Jessica told The New Yorker that Harvey lashed out when she was stepping out of the room.
Lucia Stoller, now Lucia Evans told The New Yorker that she was approached by Harvey Weinstein in 2004. He forced her to perform oral sex on him. “I said, over and over, ‘I don’t want to do this, stop, don’t.’ I tried to get away, but maybe I didn’t try hard enough. I didn’t want to kick him or fight him.” In the end, she said, “he’s a big guy. He overpowered me.” She told The New Yorker, “I just sort of gave up. That’s the most horrible part of it, and that’s why he’s been able to do this for so long to so many women: people give up, and then they feel like it’s their fault.”
Liza told The Times about the time when Weinstein asked her to “jump in the bath” with him. In 1995, he called her unexpectedly about some work and invited her to his hotel room. It was there that he asked her to step in the bath with him.
Emma de Caunes
The French actor met Harvey at a party in 2010. A few months later, he called her for a project and suggested they meet. After the meeting, he asked her to come upstairs as he wanted to give her a book that he was planning to adapt for a movie. He was insistent and Emma followed him. In the room, Emma got a call and Weinstein disappeared to the bathroom. She told The New Yorker, “When I hung up the phone, I heard the shower go on in the bathroom, I was, like, What the f***, is he taking a shower?” Weinstein came out, naked and with an erection.”
“I was very petrified,” de Caunes said. She did not want him to know that she was scared so she put on a brave face. “It was like a hunter with a wild animal. The fear turns him on.”
After an incident during the Sundance Festival in 1997, Rose reached a settlement with Harvey Weinstein. In 2016, she wrote on Twitter that she had been raped by a studio executive years ago but never mentioned any name. She recently took to Twitter where she reposted Weinstein’s audio clip where he admits to groping model Ambra Battilana Gutierrez and wrote a message, “Now imagine his huge size, his monster face/body closing in on you. In one second your life path is not yours. You have been stolen.”
Lauren worked with Harvey Weinstein and in 2015, wrote a memo to the company condemning his alleged harassment. The New York Times quotes her memo, “There is a toxic environment for women at this company.” Both the parties reached a settlement after and Lauren has since not said anything about the matter.
Unnamed female assistant
In one of Lauren O’Connor’s memos, she mentions that a female assistant was coerced into giving him a massage while Harvey Weinstein was naked.
Perkins was Harvey’s assistant in London in 1998 where she allegedly confronted his actions and threatened to go public if his behaviour did not change. She reached a settlement with him and has not commented on the matter since then.
The actor shared with The Guardian, “He invited me to come to his hotel room for a drink. We went up together. It was hard to say no because he’s so powerful. All the girls are scared of him. Soon, his assistant left and it was just the two of us. That’s the moment where he started losing control.” She continues, “We were talking on the sofa, when he suddenly jumped on me and tried to kiss me. 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.”
In a blogpost, Godbold wrote that in the early 90s Weinstein took her on an “office tour that became an occasion to trap me in an empty meeting room, his hands on my shoulders as I attempted to beat a retreat . . . all while not wanting to alienate the most powerful man in Hollywood.”
Lauren was a news anchor in New York at the time she was allegedly harassed by Harvey Weinstein. She told HuffPost that Harvey trapped her in a hallway and proceeded to masturbate in front of her. Sivan says the she has not interacted with Weinstein since the incident in 2007.
Ambra Battilana Gutierrez
The Italian model told The New Yorker that she got an e-mail from her agency saying that Weinstein wanted to meet her soon. She arrived at his Tribeca office next evening with her portfolio. While talking to her, Weinstein kept staring at her breasts and repeatedly asked if they were real. She later reported to the New York Police Department’s Special Victims Division that Weinstein then “lunged at her, groping her breasts and attempting to put a hand up her skirt while she protested”. Ambra later signed a “highly restrictive nondisclosure agreement with Weinstein.”
In a press conference, Geiss recalled when she was harassed by Harvey Weinstein. She took a meeting with him at his office when he excused himself and returned with a bath robe and masturbated in the hot tub. She said, “I was obviously nervous and he just kept asking me to watch him masturbate. He quickly got out of tub and grabbed my forearm as I tried to grab my purse, leading me to the bathroom and pleading with me to just watch him masturbate.”
Brock wrote a Medium blog post where she admits that she was “Harveyed” when she was only 23. The alleged incident happened at the 1997 Cannes Film Festival. He took her to a suite where there were other people as well. Gradually, everyone left and she was alone with Weinstein. He left the room shortly but re-emerged after. “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 writes.
In 2003, Dawn Dunning met Harvey Weinstein while she was an aspiring actor and design student. The then 24-year-old was offered a screen test at Miramax. Weinstein invited Dunning to lunch and dinner to discuss films and even gave her tickets to a Broadway show. She was invited to meet Weinstein at a Manhattan hotel by his assistant and was told to head to the suite instead of the restaurant as one of her meetings was running late. In the room, Weinstein was in a bathrobe behind a coffee table laid out with papers.
Dunning alleged that Weinstein told her that the papers were contracts to his next three films and if she wished to sign them, the solitary condition was agreeing to a three-way sexual encounter with him. When she laughed thinking it was a joke, Weinstein allegedly told her that “You’ll never make it in the business.”
Sarah Ann Masse
Writer and actor Sarah Ann Masse told Variety that she had gone for an interview when Harvey Weinstein turned up in his undershirt and underwear and remained in those clothes for the entire duration of the interview. When she was leaving he “gave me this really tight, close hug that lasted for quite a long period of time. . . . Then he told me he loved me. I left right after that.”
According to the reports that are surfacing now, it seems like these cases of sexual harassment had been going on since 1984. After the articles by The New York Times and The New Yorker, multiple women have come forth to share their horrid experiences with the producer. In a statement given to The Times, Harvey Weinstein said, “I appreciate the way I’ve behaved with colleagues in the past has caused a lot of pain, and I sincerely apologize for it.”
He also spoke to the New York Post and said “I’ve got to deal with my personality, I’ve got to work on my temper, I have got to dig deep. I know a lot of people would like me to go into a facility, and I may well just do that—I will go anywhere I can learn more about myself.”
“Weinstein went on, “In the past I used to compliment people, and some took it as me being sexual, I won’t do that again,” he added.