More voices join the cho­rus in Har­vey We­in­stein scan­dal

USA TODAY US Edition - - LIFE - Jayme Deer­wester

Har­vey We­in­stein kept a low pro­file over the week­end, but his ac­cusers did not.

On Satur­day, Ital­ian ac­tress Asia Ar­gento urged Uma Thur­man, who has starred in some of the pro­ducer’s big­gest hits and said she would ad­dress the con­tro­versy when she is “less an­gry,” to speak out sooner rather than later.

“We need your strong voice,” Ar­gento tweeted. “It is truly com­mand­ing.”

The lat­est de­vel­op­ments:

Ben Affleck says he’ll do­nate his We­in­stein movie resid­u­als

Affleck, who got his big break in Mi­ra­max films like Good Will Hunt­ing, says he will be fol­low­ing the lead of his Mall­rats di­rec­tor Kevin Smith and do­nat­ing his resid­ual pay­ments from We­in­stein-re­lated films to char­ity.

“Once Kevin sug­gested that,” Affleck told Wash­ing­ton, D.C., TV sta­tion WTTG in a video pub­lished Sun­day, “I de­cided to do the same thing, so any fur­ther resid­u­als that I get from a Mi­ra­max or a We­in­stein movie will go ei­ther to F.I. or to RAINN (Rape, Abuse and Incest Na­tional Net­work). One is Film In­de­pen­dent, and the other is a women’s or­ga­ni­za­tion. I just didn’t want to cash any more checks from the guy, you know?”

Rose McGowan’s me­moir ‘Brave’ due Jan. 30

HarperCollins has an­nounced that it will pub­lish

Brave, the me­moir by out­spo­ken We­in­stein ac­cuser Rose McGowan, on Jan. 30.

McGowan, 44, has ac­cused the pro­ducer of rap­ing her at the 1997 Sun­dance Film Fes­ti­val and is one of the eight women who re­ported to have re­ceived a fi­nan­cial set­tle­ment from him. Since the scan­dal broke on Oct. 5, she has called out the Hol­ly­wood es­tab­lish­ment for turn­ing a blind eye to We­in­stein’s be­hav­ior over the years. In a blurb dis­trib­uted by HarperCollins, McGowan wrote: “My life, as you will read, has taken me from one cult to another, the big­gest cult of all: Hol­ly­wood. Brave is the story of how I fought my way out of th­ese cults and re­claimed my life. I want to help you do the same.”

The pub­lisher summed up Brave as “un­scripted, coura­geous, vic­to­ri­ous, an­gry, smart, fierce, un­apolo­getic, con­tro­ver­sial, and real as (ex­ple­tive).”

McGowan gave read­ers an idea of what to ex­pect in an Oct. 27 speech at the Women’s Con­ven­tion in Detroit, where she pro­claimed: “I have been si­lenced for 20 years. I have been slut­shamed. I have been ha­rassed. I’ve been ma­ligned. and you know what? I’m just like you. What hap­pened to me be­hind the scenes hap­pens to all of us in this so­ci­ety. And that can­not stand, and it will not stand. We are free. We’re strong.”

NYPD builds case for ar­rest

New York Po­lice De­part­ment de­tec­tives said Fri­day that Board­walk Em­pire ac­tress Paz de la Huerta may be their best shot at ar­rest­ing We­in­stein and that they were gath­er­ing ev­i­dence in hopes of fil­ing an ar­rest war­rant.

De la Huerta re­ported that the pro­ducer raped her on two sep­a­rate oc­ca­sions in 2010.

De­tec­tive Ni­cholas DiGau­dio told

Van­ity Fair, “I be­lieve based on my in­ter­views with Paz that from the NYPD stand­point, we have enough to make an ar­rest.” Chief of De­tec­tives Robert Boyce added that Huerta “put forth a cred­i­ble and de­tailed nar­ra­tive to us” and was able to “ar­tic­u­late each and ev­ery move­ment of the crime: where she was, where they met, where this hap­pened and what he did.”

Mar­gulies re­calls en­counter

Mean­while, The Good Wife star Ju­lianna Mar­gulies told Sir­ius XM host Jenny Hutt about a run-in she had with We­in­stein re­gard­ing a screen test for a ma­jor film dur­ing her days on the med­i­cal drama E.R.

After she threat­ened to can­cel their meet­ing at the Penin­sula Ho­tel if his fe­male as­sis­tant didn’t join them, she was led up to his room.

“He opened the door, in a bathrobe,” Mar­gulies re­called dur­ing the in­ter­view, posted Satur­day. “I could see that there were can­dles lit in the room, and there was a din­ner for two. And I saw him stare at her, dag­gers. And so, I turned to see what she had done to de­serve that, and I caught her in a shrug-like ‘What could I do?’ ”

Mar­gulies con­tin­ued: “He looked at me, fu­ri­ous, and he took the door and he said, ‘Just wanted to say good au­di­tion.’ And he slammed the door. And of course, I didn’t get the part.”


“I just didn’t want to cash any more checks from the guy,” Ben Affleck said in an in­ter­view pub­lished Sun­day.

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