Harvey Weinstein, co-chair of the Weinstien Company, was recently fired after the New York Times published this article filled with decades of sexual harassment allegations.
Later in the week, the New Yorker published this story that included additional allegations of rape and sexual harassment. In a statement to the magazine, Weinstein’s representative “unequivocally denied” allegations of non-consensual sex. That very same day, the New York Times followed up its story with even more allegations.
Since the original report, numerous women have come forward with similar allegations against the movie mogul. The Washington Post published an article on Weinstein’s rise in the entertainment industry. This article included allegations from three additional women. These women were Linas Esco, Chelsea Skidmore, and a crew member from the film Playing for Keeps.
What many may not know is that rumors about Weinstein’s inappropriate behavior with women had been circulating for years. Mark Gill, the former president of Miramax Los Angeles, told the New York Times, “If a female executive was asked to go to a meeting solo, she and a colleague would generally double up” to avoid being alone with Weinstein. Ashley Judd once said, “Women have been talking about Harvey amongst ourselves for a long time, and it’s simply beyond time to have the conversation publicly.”
Here’s a few of the horror stories from women who have came out against Harvey Weinstein. This is not meant to be a comprehensive list of all the reports of sexual harassment. As of October 19, 2017 there are a total of 50 women who have shared their story about Harvey Weinstien.
Former actor Heather Kerr recalled being summoned to a private meeting with Weinstein in 1989. “He asked me if I was good,” said Kerr. “I started to tell him about my training and acting experience and he said, ‘No. I need to know if you’re good.’” She said he kept repeating the word and then “he unzipped his pants and pulled out his penis,” according to Kerr. She said he then grabbed her hand and “forced it onto his penis and held it there.” Kerr said Weinstein told her: “This is how things work in Hollywood, and all actresses who’d made it did it this way.”
Kirshner wrote in the Globe and Mail that she had an “ordeal in a hotel room where [Weinstein] attempted to treat me like chattel that could be purchased with the promise of work in exchange for being his disposable orifice.” But, the actor wrote, she did not want to “waste this precious space on Harvey Weinstein,” declining to give him “the privilege of more ink” and instead focusing on larger systemic issues in the industry.
In a tweet, Forlani wrote that she was coming forward after reading Mira Sorvino’s account of coming forward in Time. She said she met with Weinstein twice at the Peninsula hotel, and “nothing happened” because “I escaped five times.” She describes ducking and diving to avoid Weinstein’s advances.
Paltrow told the New York Times that, after hiring her for the lead in Emma, Weinstein invited her to his suite at the Peninsula Beverly Hills hotel for a work meeting. She said he placed his hand on her leg and suggested they move to the bedroom for massages. She declined, she said, but described herself as “petrified” by the experience. She said Weinstein later called and “screamed” at her because she’d told her boyfriend at the time, Brad Pitt, and Pitt had confronted the producer.
Jolie did not go into specifics in an article published by the New York Times, but she said, “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.”