Harvey Weinstein: NYPD building case to arrest producer after deeming rape allegation ‘credible’

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    Harvey Weinstein


    Harry Weinstein’s reputation as one of Hollywood’s leading executives was long cemented in stone. The acclaimed movie mogul, who produced Oscar-winning films Shakespeare in Love, The English Patient, and The Artist, clocked up box office successes and accolades aplenty. But this has quickly changed since a chorus of women have come forward to accuse the Hollywood producer of sexual harassment and assault. Since the New York Times’ bombshell report disclosed sexual harassment and rape allegations against the film mogul dating back decades, Weinstein has been fired from his namesake company, expelled from the Oscars and has had his wife leave him. Weinstein has apologised for having “caused a lot of pain” but has denied all allegations of nonconsensual sex.

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    Annabella Sciorra

    The Sopranos actor alleged Weinstein raped her after shooting The Night We Never Met, a 1993 movie that Weinstein produced.

    Similar to the stories told by other women, Weinstein drove the actor home, only to reportedly burst into Sciorra’s apartment and start unbuttoning his shirt.

    “He shoved me onto the bed, and he got on top of me,” Sciorra said. “I kicked and I yelled.”

    Weinstein then allegedly locked her arms and forced sexual intercourse on her. After the incident, Sciorra found it increasingly hard to get work, many filmmakers saying ‘We heard you were difficult’, something the actor claims was because of the ‘Weinstein-machine’.

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    Natassia Malthe

    The model and actress, who has appeared in around 50 films, said she met Weinstein at a BAFTA after party in 2008 while she was working as a spokeswoman for LG.

    She told a press conference in New York that she felt pressured into telling Weinstein she was staying at the Sanderson Hotel after being put on the spot.

    Malthe, now 43, said after her shift on February 10 she went back to her room and went to sleep, but was awoken by “repeated pounding” on her door, from someone yelling: “Open the door Natassia Malthe, it’s Harvey Weinstein.”

    Feeling humiliated, she said she opened the door. She alleged Weinstein began implying sex would get her a role in an upcoming film while semi-undressed and then he began to masturbate.

    “I was sitting on the bed talking to Harvey when he pushed me back and forced himself onto me. It was not consensual. He did not use a condom,” she said.

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    Sean Young

    The actor, best known for her role in Ridley Scott’s Blade Runner, said that Weinstein exposed himself to her in the early 1990s, when she was starring in the Miramax-produced Love Crimes – a production company that Weinstein headed at the time.

    “I personally experienced him pulling his you-know-what out of his pants to shock me,” she said. “My basic response was, ‘You know, Harvey, I really don’t think you should be pulling that thing out, it’s not very pretty.'” Young never worked with Weinstein again after the incident.

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    Mimi Haleyi

    Mimi Haleyi said she was assaulted by Weinstein in what appeared to be a child’s bedroom in his New York City apartment in 2006 when she was in her 20s.

    She said she was aspiring to work in television and film production when she was first introduced to him at the London premiere of The Aviator around two years earlier and he helped her get experience on the set of a TV show being produced by The Weinstein Company.

    But, she added, he repeatedly hassled her and even tried to force himself through her front door in an effort to get her to join him on a trip to Paris.

    At one point he allegedly forcibly performed oral sex on an aspiring production assistant while she was on her period.

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    Lupita Nyong’o

    In an op-ed for The New York Times, the Oscar-winning actor said she was invited to Weinstein’s family home in Connecticut on the premise of watching a film shortly after they met in 2011.

    But she said shortly after it started he “insisted” in front of his children that she follow him and she was led to his bedroom. The Kenyan-Mexican actress, now 34, said she felt pressured into giving him a massage after he offered her one.

    “Before long he said he wanted to take off his pants,” she wrote.”I told him not to do that and informed him that it would make me extremely uncomfortable. He got up anyway to do so and I headed for the door, saying that I was not at all comfortable with that.”

    Over the years that followed, he continued to get in touch, Nyong’o said, and when she declined another proposition she felt her career was threatened.

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    Lena Headey

    Writing on social media, the Game of Thrones actor claims she first met Weinstein at the Venice Film Festival in 2005 where, after taking her for a walk by the water, he “made some suggestive comment and gesture.”

    Headey claims she bumped into Weinstein years later where he kept asking her questions about her love life. She alleges that, when Weinstein invited her to his hotel room to show her a script, the “energy shifted.”

    The actor notes how, after saying she was not interesting in anything but the work, Weinstein was furious, apparently marching her back to a lift, “grabbing and holding tightly to the back of [her] arm.”

    She claims that, after paying for her car, he whispered in her ear: “Don’t tell anyone about this, not your manager, not your agent.” Headey finished the post, writing: “I got in the car and I cried.”

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    Lucia Evans

    The actor told The New Yorker that after a meeting to discuss casting her in various projects, Weinstein forced her to perform oral sex on him. “I said, over and over, ‘I don’t want to do this, stop, don’t’.”
    She added: “He’s a big guy. He overpowered me. 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.”

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    Laura Madden


    Madden, a production assistant who worked at Miramax for a decade, told the Times that Weinstein allegedly “prodded her for massages at hotels,” a common theme among the sources the Times’s reporters spoke with. On one occasion, she claims she locked herself in his hotel bathroom, sobbing

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    Ashley Judd

    Judd recounted for the Times how Weinstein allegedly harassed her while she was filming Kiss the Girls in 1996, inviting her to his hotel room and asking her for a massage, then inviting her to watch him shower.

    Judd first went public with the allegations in a 2015 interview with Variety during which she discussed the experience without naming the producer involved. She described Weinstein’s alleged behaviour as “coercive bargaining”; “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

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    Rose McGowan


    McGowan reportedly reached a “previously undisclosed” $100,000 settlement with Weinstein in 1997, over an incident that occurred in a hotel room

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    Emily Nestor


    Nestor had been temping at the Weinstein Company for only one day in 2014 when Weinstein allegedly offered to boost her career in return for sexual favours, according to the Times. She declined and reportedly complained of his behaviour to colleagues, who later passed the information on to senior executives. An internal Weinstein Company document cited by the Times describes Nestor’s encounter with Weinstein as follows: “She said he was very persistent and focused though she kept saying no for over an hour”

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