Of­fi­cers called to ‘fam­ily dis­pute’ as We­in­stein sex scan­dal deep­ens

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ELLIE CULLEN

Movie mogul Har­vey We­in­stein stands ac­cused of rape by three women, which he ‘un­equiv­o­cally de­nies’, while his Bri­tish wife has said she is leav­ing him.

a meet­ing to­mor­row to dis­cuss any ac­tion to be taken.

The Bri­tish Academy of Film and Tele­vi­sion Arts (Bafta) also an­nounced it had sus­pended his mem­ber­ship, ef­fec­tive im­me­di­ately.

Rose Mc­Gowan, an­other ac­cuser, called for the board of the We­in­stein Com­pany to be dis­solved fol­low­ing the al­le­ga­tions against its co-founder.

The ac­tress, 44, tweeted a link to the cam­paign on web­site ipe­ti­tions.com and said: “Join me in sup­port­ing this im­por­tant cause at iPe­ti­tions. DIS­SOLVE THE BOARD.”

Over 10,000 sig­na­tures had been added to the pe­ti­tion by yes­ter­day. Mean­while, stars across Hol­ly­wood have con­tin­ued to con­demn We­in­stein’s be­hav­iour.

Ewan Mc­Gre­gor said We­in­stein was a “bully”, Matt Da­mon said he had been left “ab­so­lutely sick to my stom­ach”, while Ben Af­fleck added he was “sad­dened and an­gry

that a man who I worked with used his po­si­tion of power to in­tim­i­date, sex­u­ally harass and ma­nip­u­late many women over decades”. Prime Min­is­ter Theresa May also spoke out about the scan­dal on Wed­nes­day.

She said the re­ports were “deeply con­cern­ing” as se­nior politi­cians called for We­in­stein to be stripped of his CBE.

Hol­ly­wood star Su­san Saran­don has praised Delev­ingne for speak­ing out against We­in­stein.

Fol­low­ing her In­sta­gram posts, Delev­ingne posted pho­to­graphs of women she ad­mires in the film in­dus­try in sup­port of the United Na­tions Girl Up cam­paign.

Saran­don, named as one of the mod­els and ac­tress’s he­roes, said: “I’m a huge fan of your spirit, tal­ent and po­ten­tial and now your brav­ery for speak­ing out.

“Next time any­thing bad hap­pens, I got your back.”

Ac­tress Reese Wither­spoon, who was

also named as one of Delev­ingne’s he­roes, wrote: “Love you, my fel­low war­rior.”

Delev­ingne posted two lengthy In­sta­gram posts about her al­leged en­counter with film ex­ec­u­tive We­in­stein. In the first she said she burst into song out of ner­vous­ness.

She said she was given the role in the film she wanted but “al­ways thought that he gave it to me be­cause of what hap­pened”.

She con­tin­ued: “Since then I felt aw­ful that I did the movie. I felt like I didn’t de­serve the part.”

A sec­ond post con­tained the quote “The devil whis­pered in my ear, ‘you’re not strong enough to with­stand the storm’. To­day I whis­pered in the devils ear, ‘I am the storm’”.

She added: “I want women and girls to know that be­ing ha­rassed or abused or raped is never their fault and not talk­ing about it will al­ways cause more dam­age than speak­ing the truth.”

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