To moviegoers around the world, Harvey Weinstein is known for producing such titles as Pulp Fiction, Chicago, and Good Will Hunting. To those in Hollywood, he’s apparently also known as a predator. This inside secret came out recently, as a number of his victims have recently come forward.
Last week, The New York Times published a revealing exposé that brought to light numerous cases of sexual assault against Weinstein. For decades, he’s been paying off accusers for their silence. He’s reached at least eight settlements with women in exchange for anonymity.
“I appreciate the way I’ve behaved with colleagues in the past has caused a lot of pain, and I sincerely apologize for it,” Weinstein told the NY Times. “Though I’m trying to do better, I know I have a long way to go.”
He’s currently taking a leave of absence and working with some therapists about the issue.
But just as with Bill Cosby and Donald Trump, many of the film producer’s victims are coming out of the shadows to speak up about the toxic Hollywood rape culture he’s perpetuated. Although he’s denied many of the claims, his accusers are still stepping forward.
In 1984, Roberts was a 20-year-old college student and waitress in New York, according to another article released by the NY Timesthis week. While serving Weinstein, he prompted her to come to his place for an audition. When she arrived, he was naked in the bath, and he told her she should get naked since her character may have a topless scene. She refused and left.
Page Six reported a tweet from the actress that she has since deleted. She recalled Weinstein asking her to do a screen test in a bikini, to which she refused and subsequently lost the job.
This executive of a non-profit wrote a blog postin which she recalled an office tour during the early ‘90s, when he begged for a massage and put his hands on her shoulders.
The former employee reported being harassed by Weinstein beginning in 1991. He would prod her for massages at hotels in Dublin and London, according to the original NY Times article.
As reported in the second NY Times piece and a piece from the New Yorker, Arquette was asked to come pick up a script from Weinstein at the Beverly Hills Hotel during the early ‘90s. At the reception desk, she was told to go upstairs where she found him in a bathrobe. He complained of neck pain and asked for a massage, for which she recommended a professional masseuse. He grabbed her hand and pulled it toward his crotch. She pulled away and did not receive the part.
When Paltrow was 22, she had just been cast in Emma. According to the second NY Times article, she was summoned back to his room at the Peninsula where he suggested massages. Her then boyfriend, Brad Pitt confronted Weinstein who warned her not to tell anyone else.
According to the second NY Times piece, the actress who appeared in Swingers recalls Weinstein getting undressed and chasing her around a living room. He even blocked a door so she couldn’t leave.
The actress told the New Yorker that she ended up alone in a hotel room with Weinstein while promoting Mighty Aphrodite at the 1995 Toronto International Film Festival. He massaged her shoulders and tried to get more physical, chasing her around the room. A few weeks later, he showed up at her apartment late at night, until she told him her boyfriend was on the way.
The British artist and writer wrote an essay for the Sunday Times of Londonin which she recalls taking a meeting with him in his hotel room after she complained about receiving less work as a script reader for Miramax in 1995. When she arrived, he tried to convince her to take a bath with him.
In 1996, Weinstein invited the then 24-year-old French actress to breakfast at the Cannes Film Festival, according to the second NY Times piece. After, he invited her up to his room and asked for a massage, trying to convince her it was an American custom. When she refused, he pressed against her and tried to pull off her sweater.
In 1997, the Italian actress was invited to a Miramax party at the Hôtel du Cap-Eden-Roc on the French Riveria. When she arrived, she learned that there was no party, and a producer led her upstairs to Weinstein before leaving the room. There, he asked her for a massage to which she reluctantly agreed, before he forced oral sex on her, although she repeatedly asked him to stop.
In the first NY Times article, the actress recalled being invited by Weinstein to the Peninsula Beverly Hills hotel 20 years ago for what she assumed was a breakfast meeting. Instead, she was sent to his room where she found him in a bathrobe and he asked if he could massage her or if she would watch him take a shower.
The then 23-year-old actress reported an incident in a hotel room during the Sundance Film Festival. They reached a previously undisclosed settlement of $100,000, according to the NY Times.
In 1998, this London assistant reported that she and others had been subject to inappropriate requests and comments in hotel rooms, according to the original NY Times article. She would not discuss much else.
During the release of Playing by Heart, the actress reports that Weinstein made unwanted advances on her in a hotel room, which she rejected, according to the second NY Times piece.
The British actress told The Guardianthat she met Weinstein in his London hotel room when she was 18, during which he was wearing only a bathrobe.
The actress told Varietythat she took a meeting with Weinstein in the early 2000s, in which he told her he had an agreement with his wife that he could sleep with whoever he wanted when he was out of town. A few weeks later, he tried to schedule a follow-up meeting at her hotel, which she ultimately declined.
According to the second NY Times piece, Dunning was an actress attending design school and working at a nightclub, where she met Weinstein in 2003. After a few meetings, she was invited to a meal at his Manhattan hotel. She was told to go up to his room where he was waiting in a bathrobe, offering her contracts for his next three films in exchange for a three-way, which she thought was a joke. When she laughed, he got angry. Since then, she has quit acting.
In 2004, Weinstein asked Lucia for her number at a club in New York, according to the New Yorker. He began calling her late at night, and his assistant eventually set up a meeting. During their meeting, he told her to lose weight, before taking out his penis and forcing her to perform oral sex.
The actress and screenwriter told the Hollywood Reporterthat she met with Weinstein at a restaurant during the Sundance Film Festival in 2008, before he suggested moving the meeting to an office near his hotel room. She had heard rumors and asked him to keep his hands to himself. But 30 minutes later, he left and returned in a bathrobe, asking her to watch him masturbate.
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According to the New Yorker, the French actress had a lunch meeting with Weinstein in 2010 at the Hôtel Ritz in Paris. He invited her up to his room to give her a book he was adapting. That’s where he turned on the shower and came out of the bathroom, naked with an erection. He told her to lie on the bed, but she left.
In 2014, after working only one day for Weinstein as a temporary employee, he invited Nestor back to his room at the same hotel. According to the original NY Times article, he made sexual advances for which he offered to help her career.
The next year, female assistant reported being invited back to the Peninsula. Weinstein pressured her into giving him a massage while he was naked. Colleague, Lauren O’Connor reported in a memo that the unnamed assistant was left “crying and very distraught.”
“There is a toxic environment for women at this company,” she said in the memo, according to the NY Times.
In 2015, the Italian model and aspiring actress was invited to Weinstein’s TriBeCa office to talk about her career. But according to the NY Times article, she called the police and reported him for grabbing her breasts and putting his hand up her skirt.