‘New Yorker’ adds more to We­in­stein al­le­ga­tions

‘New Yorker’ re­port de­tails a pat­tern of abu­sive con­duct

USA TODAY International Edition - - FRONT PAGE - Cara Kelly @CaraRe­ports USA TO­DAY

Five days af­ter The New York

Times pub­lished a blis­ter­ing re­port de­tail­ing nearly 30 years of sex­ual mis­con­duct by Har­vey We­in­stein, the magazine The

New Yorker has pub­lished its own ex­plo­sive in­ves­tiga­tive re­port that in­cludes ac­cu­sa­tions of rape and sex­ual as­sault.

The re­port in­cludes new ac­counts from three women who say We­in­stein forced them to per­form or re­ceive oral sex and forced vaginal sex, as well as four women who told the magazine they ex­pe­ri­enced un­wanted touching that could be clas­si­fied as an as­sault. It also in­cludes an au­dio clip from a 2015 New York Police De­part­ment sting op­er­a­tion in which We­in­stein can be heard pres­sur­ing a woman to come into his ho­tel room and seem­ingly ad­mit­ting grop­ing her.

The Man­hat­tan District At­tor­ney’s of­fice, which de­clined to pros­e­cute af­ter the 2015 in­ves­ti­ga­tion, is­sued a state­ment Tues­day say­ing We­in­stein’s pat­tern of “mis­treat­ing women, as re­counted in re­cent re­ports, is dis­grace­ful and shocks the con­science.”

“If we could have pros­e­cuted Har­vey We­in­stein for the con­duct that oc­curred in 2015, we would have,” Chief As­sis­tant DA Karen Fried­man-Ag­nifilo said in a state­ment pro­vided to USA TO­DAY. The state­ment said that what emerged from the au­dio was not enough to prove a crime un­der New York law.

In the au­dio clip, We­in­stein can be heard pres­sur­ing model Am­bra Bat­ti­lana Gu­tier­rez, who told The New Yorker she met We­in­stein at a show he was pro­duc­ing at Ra­dio City Mu­sic Hall be­fore he asked her to visit his TriBeCa of­fice, where he lunged at her. She re­ported the in­ci­dent to the Spe­cial Vic­tims Di­vi­sion, which planned an op­er­a­tion in which Gu­tier­rez wore a wire to ex­tract a con­fes­sion.

“Don’t em­bar­rass me,” We­in­stein tells her be­fore ad­mit­ting to grop­ing her. “I’m used to that,” he says. “I won’t do it again.”

An­gelina Jolie and Gwyneth Pal­trow added their voices to Guter­riez’s on Tues­day. In an­other re­port in The Times, the ac­tresses de­tail sim­i­lar sto­ries from ear­lier in their ca­reers that fur­ther il­lu­mi­nate We­in­stein’s al­leged pat­tern of abuse: The movie mogul would lure up-and-com­ing tal­ent to his of­fices or ho­tel rooms un­der the pre­text of pro­fes­sional meet­ings, then pres­sure them into sex­ual con­tact and threaten their ca­reers if they spoke out. When Pal­trow was 22, she tells

The Times, We­in­stein hired her as the lead in the Jane Austen adap­ta­tion Emma. Be­fore shoot­ing be­gan, he called her to his suite at the Penin­sula Bev­erly Hills ho­tel for a meet­ing that ended with We­in­stein plac­ing his hands on her and sug­gest­ing they head to the bed­room for mas­sages.

Jolie had a sim­i­lar story from the pub­lic­ity tour for Play­ing by Heart in the late 1990s, she told

The Times, say­ing We­in­stein made ad­vances on her in a ho­tel room, which she re­jected.

“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,” Jolie told the news­pa­per in an email.

Through a spokesman Tues­day, We­in­stein re­sponded to the

New Yorker al­le­ga­tions and “un­equiv­o­cally” de­nied any al­le­ga­tions of “non-con­sen­sual sex.”

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An NYPD sting tar­geted We­in­stein in 2015, but no charges were filed.

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