Cops eye celebrity pro­ducer sex saga

The Daily Telegraph (Sydney) - - News - KA­T­RINA SICHLAU

PO­LICE in New York and Lon­don have launched in­ves­ti­ga­tions against dis­graced film pro­ducer Har­vey We­in­stein as Hol­ly­wood ac­tor Rose McGowan be­came the fourth woman this week to ac­cuse him of rape.

Mean­while, her fel­low ac­tors Kate Beck­in­sale and Claire For­lani both re­vealed they’d man­aged to es­cape We­in­stein’s ad­vances be­fore any­thing sin­is­ter hap­pened.

In a lengthy In­sta­gram post, Beck­ins­dale said We­in­stein first hit on her when she was just 17 years old. The Un­der­world fran­chise star said she was asked to meet We­in­stein at a ho­tel where she al­leges the pro­ducer of­fered her al­co­hol. She told him she had school in the morn­ing and man­aged to get away “un­scathed”.

“I said no to him pro­fes­sion­ally many times over the years,” Beck­in­sale wrote in her post. “Some of which ended up with him scream­ing at me call­ing me a c...”

She said her re­fusal to ac­qui­esce to his de­mands dam­aged her ca­reer. For­lani also took to so­cial me­dia to share her story.

“Noth­ing hap­pened to me with Har­vey,” the Meet Joe Black star wrote on Twit­ter.

“By that I mean, I es­caped five times. All I re­mem­ber was I ducked, dived and ul­ti­mately got out of there with­out get­ting slob­bered over.”

The ac­tor, who was 25 at the time, said she also went to din­ner with the pro­ducer on mul- tiple oc­ca­sions, and al­leges he spoke about all the ac­tors who had slept with him and what he done for them in re­turn. She said she felt ashamed for not shar­ing her story ear­lier.

Mean­while McGowan be­rated Ama­zon chief Jeff Be­zos in a blis­ter­ing se­ries of tweets on Thurs­day, claim­ing she told Ama­zon Stu­dios chief Roy Price that We­in­stein had raped her but was ig­nored.

“Over & over I said it. He said it hadn’t been proven. I said I was the proof,” she wrote. Ama­zon Stu­dios later said Price — who has also been ac­cused of sex­ual ha­rass­ment by TV pro­ducer Isa Hack­ett — was “on leave of ab­sence ef­fec­tive im­me­di­ately”.

On Wed­nes­day, We­in­stein was seen in pub­lic for the first time in days as he left his daugh­ter’s Los An­ge­les home.

“Guys, I’m not do­ing OK but I’m try­ing,” he said in a TMZ web­site video. “I got to get help. You know what, we all make mis­takes.”

TMZ also re­ported We­in­stein then flew to an Ari­zona re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion cen­tre, pos­si­bly The Mead­ows, where golfer Tiger Woods and su­per­model Kate Moss have been treated.

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