Cops eye celebrity producer sex saga
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.