Last week, The New York Times published an expose on studio executive Harvey Weinstein. Numerous allegations of sexual harassment and coverups of the misconduct from multiple victims come forward. Angelina Jolie, Rose McGowan and Gwyneth Paltrow are some of the many stars who claim they were harassed or assaulted. On Sunday, Weinstein was fired from his own film company.
On Tuesday, Weinstein denied rape allegations made by the The New Yorker. That report claims that three women said they were raped by Weinstein. Four additional women claimed they were touched against their wishes. Also on Tuesday, the Weinstein Company board announced that they would help any criminal investigation, according to the BBC.
The New Yorker has released a damning audio clip from a 2015 Weinstein sting conducted by the New York Police Department. In it Weinstein admits to groping model Ambra Battilana Gutierrez. He also pleads with the model not to embarrass him as she tells him that his unwanted touching made her uncomfortable.
“Any allegations of non-consensual sex are unequivocally denied by Mr. Weinstein,” Weinstein’s spokesperson Sallie Hofmeister said in a statement, Us Weekly reports. “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. 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.”
Charles J. Harder, Weinstein's lawyer also released a statement last week: “The New York Times published today a story that is saturated with false and defamatory statements about Harvey Weinstein. It relies on mostly hearsay accounts and a faulty report, apparently stolen from an employee personnel file, which has been debunked by nine different eyewitnesses. We sent the Times the facts and evidence, but they ignored it and rushed to publish. We are preparing the lawsuit now. All proceeds will be donated to women’s organizations.”
According to the New Yorker report, 16 former and current executives and assistants at Weinstein’s companies allegedly either witnessed or knew of unwanted sexual advances from Weinstein. That behavior, the 16 claimed, was well known at Miramax Studios and at the Weinstein Company.
“For more than twenty years, Weinstein has also been trailed by rumors of sexual harassment and assault,” The New Yorker reports. “This has been an open secret to many in Hollywood and beyond, but previous attempts by many publications, including The New Yorker, to investigate and publish the story over the years fell short of the demands of journalistic evidence.”
Weinstein’s wife Georgina Chapman, announced she is leaving her husband.
"My heart breaks for all the women who have suffered tremendous pain because of these unforgivable actions," she told People.
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