Movie boss Harvey Weinstein faces sexual assault allegations
THE MOVIE MOGUL’S FALL FROM GRACE AFTER MORE SHOCK CLAIMS EMERGE
The directors of The Weinstein Company have determined, and have informed Harvey Weinstein, that his employment with The Weinstein Company is terminated, effective immediately.’ That was the decision of the business that Hollywood heavyweight Harvey co-founded, following a number of sexual harassment allegations against the prolific producer.
The 65-year-old, who began the company with his brother Robert in 2005, was ousted by a bombshell exposé in the New York Times on October 5, which alleges that, for the past three decades, Harvey has sexually harassed actresses and female assistants – and paid off at least eight women to settle complaints about his supposed lewd behaviour.
Now, both sides are speaking out, as the storm surrounding the scandal intensifies…
A number of women have made accusations that the producer would appear near or fully naked, make them watch him bathe or give him a massage and, in at least one instance, pressed a young temp for sex. But it’s not just unnamed accusers – well-known stars have also come forward with similar allegations.
Ashley Judd told the Times that she was filming 1997’s Kiss the Girls when Harvey coaxed her to his hotel room and subjected her to a series of come-ons. ‘I said no, a lot of ways, a lot of times, and he always came back at me with some new ask,’ she claims.
Actress Rose Mcgowan reportedly received a $128,000 payout in 1997 over an incident that took place at the Sundance Film Festival. She is among eight women to reportedly receive settlements from the film tycoon.
WHAT HARVEY SAYS
In response to the Times story, Harvey issued an apology for his actions. ‘I came of age in the ’60s and ’70s, when all the rules about
behaviour and workplaces were different,’ he wrote. ‘I have since learnt it’s not an excuse… I appreciate the way I’ve behaved with colleagues in the past has caused a lot of pain, and I sincerely apologise for it.’ But while he’s issued his atonement, the producer is now attempting to sue the Times for $64 million for ‘reckless reporting’. ‘They spent six months researching this article, then they give us just 24 hours to answer it,’ he told the New York Post. According to his former lawyer Lisa Bloom, the father-of-five ‘denies many of the accusations as patently false’. But Harvey admits he bears ‘responsibility for my actions’ and says that he has to change. ‘I’ve got to grow,’ he shares. ‘I’ve got to deal with my personality.’
‘I realised some time ago that I needed to be a better person and my interactions with the people I work with have changed,’ Harvey said in a statement Ashley recalls feeling ‘panicky’ and ‘trapped’ after being sent to Harvey’s Beverly Hills hotel room, where he made advances towards her. ‘It was all this bargaining, this coercive bargaining’
According to settlement documents, Harvey’s 1997 payout was ‘not to be construed as an admission’ but intended to ‘buy peace’ from Rose, who has been vocal on Twitter since the Times article was published