Harvey Weinstein allegations: Gwyneth Paltrow and Angelina Jolie join the list of accusers
More and more women are saying that movie mogul Harvey Weinstein sexually harassed or assaulted them.
The New Yorker’s Ronan Farrow on Tuesday published the result of a 10-month investigation that included several women going on the record to allege that Weinstein, a Hollywood power player who could make or break careers, made unwanted advances and, in some cases, raped them. Soon after, the New York Times published stories of harassment from megastars Gwyneth Paltrow and Angelina Jolie.
These stories follow the first Times bombshell report from Thursday detailing accounts of the movie mogul sexually assaulting actresses and employees. In response to that story, Weinstein issued a bizarre statement citing his coming of “age in the 60’s and 70’s” when workplace culture differed, apologizing for behavior that has caused colleagues “a lot of pain,” and declaring he would battle the National Rifle Association. One of his lawyers also threatened to sue the Times.
On Sunday, the movie studio Weinstein co-founded fired the mogul, and Hollywood stars have begun issuing statements since his downfall.
Weinstein “unequivocally denied” any allegations of nonconsensual sex, and “there were never any acts of retaliation against any women for refusing his advances,” spokeswoman Sallie Hofmeister said in a statement to the New Yorker. “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.”
Farrow wrote, “I was told by thirteen women that, between the nineteen-nineties and 2015, Weinstein sexually harassed or assaulted them, allegations that corroborate and overlap with the Times’s revelations, and also include far more serious claims.” The publication also posted an exchange captured on audio, recovered from a 2015 New York police sting operation, in which Weinstein admits to model Ambra Battilana Gutierrez that he groped her as he tries to get her to come into his hotel room. “Oh, please, I’m sorry, just come on in. I’m used to that,” he said. “Come on. Please.” (Gutierrez told the New Yorker that she was unable to discuss the incident.)
More than a dozen women have gone on the record to make accusations (in addition to others who spoke on the condition of anonymity). Here are some of their accounts:
Paltrow would become known as “the first lady of Miramax,” Weinstein’s company at the time, and played the lead in “Shakespeare In Love,” which won the 1999 Oscar for best picture, a major upset for Weinstein.
But before then, Weinstein hired a 22-year-old Paltrow to star in “Emma,” which would propel her career. Before shooting, he had her come to his Peninsula hotel room for a work meeting that ended with him putting his hands on her and suggesting massages in the bedroom, Paltrow told the New York Times.
“I was a kid, I was signed up, I was petrified,” she said. After refusing, she told her then-boyfriend Brad Pitt, who confronted Weinstein. Weinstein then threatened her not to tell anyone else, she said. “I thought he was going to fire me,” she said.
“He screamed at me for a long time,” she said. “It was brutal.
The actress said that in the late 1990s, Weinstein made unwanted advances on her during the release of “Playing by Heart.”
“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 said in an email to the Times. “This behavior towards women in any field, any country is unacceptable.”
The 25-year-old model and actress wrote on Instagram Wednesday about her own encounter with Weinstein, along with the message, “Don’t be ashamed of your story. It will inspired others.”
She said Weinstein called her when she first began acting and asked about her sexual history with women she had been seen with, “a very odd and uncomfortable call.” She tried to quickly end the call, “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 year or two later, she attended a meeting in a hotel lobby with Weinstein and a director to discuss an upcoming film. Once the director left, Weinstein “began to brag about all the actresses he had slept with and how he had made their careers and spoke about other inappropriate things of a sexual nature.” She declined his invitation to his room, but his assistant told the actress her car wouldn’t arrive for some time “and I should go to his room.”
“At that moment I felt very powerless and scared but didn’t want to act that way hoping that I was wrong about the situation,” she wrote. “When I arrived I was relieved to find another woman in his room and thought immediately I was safe. He asked us to kiss and she began some sort of advances upon his direction.”
Delevingne tried to get out of the situation by asking if the movie mogul knew she could sing, and she broke out into song and then said she had to leave. “He walked me to the door and stood in front of it and tried to kiss me on the lips. I stopped him and managed to get out of the room,” Delevingne wrote. “I still got the part for the film and always thought that he gave it to me because of what happened. Since then I felt awful that I did the movie. I felt like I didn’t deserve the part. I was so hesitant about speaking out.”