Posted: October 10, 2017
By Douglas Barclay, Rare.us
Actresses Gwyneth Paltrow and Angelina Jolie on Tuesday joined the growing list of women who claim Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein sexually harassed them.
Paltrow told The New York Times that she was 22 when Weinstein put his hands on her during a private meeting in his hotel suite, where he ignored work and instead suggested they get massages in his bedroom. Paltrow told the newspaper that she was “a kid” and “petrified” by the powerful movie producer. Paltrow’s then-boyfriend Brad Pitt confirmed to the Times through a representative that he once confronted Weinstein and told him to never touch Paltrow again.
In an email to The New York Times, Jolie offered a similar tale.
“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 wrote. “This behavior towards women in any field, any country is unacceptable.”
Other actresses, such as Ashley Judd, Rosanna Arquette, Asia Argento and Rose McGowan, are among the many women who have alleged that Weinstein acted inappropriately toward them.
A piece in the New Yorker details how several women have accused Weinstein of rape. Writer Ronan Farrow detailed how Weinstein’s alleged behavior became an “open secret” in Hollywood.
“For more than 20 years, Weinstein has … been trailed by rumors of sexual harassment and assault,” Farrow wrote. “This has been an open secret to many in Hollywood and beyond, but previous attempts by many publications, including The New Yorker, to investigate and publish the story over the years fell short of the demands of journalistic evidence.”
In the days following the report in the New York Times, Weinstein was fired by the board of directors at his production company. The once-powerful film producer has said he will seek counseling.
Amid sexual harassment allegations against Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein, Kathie Lee Gifford, of “Today,” said that she experienced sexual harassment by a television producer when she was 21.
Gifford and co-host Hoda Kotb were speaking about an interview Megyn Kelly conducted with journalist Lauren Sivan when Gifford opened up about her own experience. Sivan accused Weinstein of masturbating in front of her without her permission. Gifford related to the experience by sharing her own story of harassment.
She told the audience that a television producer, whom she did not name, invited her to his home, which led her to endure a similar situation to the one Sivan alleges, reports The Hollywood Reporter.
“I learned from that, boy. I felt grateful I got out of there without being raped,” she added. “When you’re so demeaned, you feel dirty and so stupid. I thought, ‘Kathie, idiot. Never go to somebody’s house.’ I was 21 years old.”
Gifford also spoke of the allegations against Weinstein, with whom she’s been friends for a long time:
I never saw any of this. I’m not saying it didn’t happen. I’m just saying I know a different man, just like I did with Bill Cosby. So it’s very upsetting to me on a personal level. This is a man I considered a friend. I feel for his family, and I feel for him. It’s also upsetting for me as a woman that this kind of behavior is real, and no one ever thinks it’s going to catch up with them.
Filmmaker Harvey Weinstein was fired Sunday from The Weinstein Company after new information about his conduct was revealed.
Weinstein took a leave of absence Thursday after allegations of decades of sexual abuse were brought to light in a New York Times story.
The movie production company’s board of directors decided to fire Weinstein Sunday mentioning new information but did not provide further details.
“In light of new information about misconduct by Harvey Weinstein that has emerged in the past few days, the directors of the Weinstein Company have determined, and have informed Harvey Weinstein, that his employment with The Weinstein Company is terminated, effective immediately.”
A spokesperson for The Weinstein Company declined to provide details on Weinstein's firing.
An attorney for Weinstein didn't immediately comment to The Associated Press Sunday.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
UPDATE: Hollywood producer and studio executive Harvey Weinstein will be suspended from The Weinstein Co. pending an investigation of sex harassment claims, The Associated Press reported Friday. Weinstein had already announced he was taking a leave of absence.
Read the original report below.
Weinstein made unwanted sexual advances on actress Ashley Judd decades ago, according to her recent bombshell, on-the-record interview with The New York Times.
According to Judd, Weinstein invited her to the Peninsula Beverly Hills hotel 20 years ago for what Judd thought was a professional breakfast meeting. But the Hollywood mogul sent her up to his room instead and when she got there, he was wearing a bathrobe. He offered her a massage and asked her if she wanted to watch him take a shower.
“How do I get out of the room as fast as possible without alienating Harvey Weinstein?” Judd, who was filming “Kiss the Girls” at the time, said she remembers thinking. “I said no, a lot of ways, a lot of times, and he always came back at me with some new ask. It was all this bargaining, this coercive bargaining.”
Judd escaped the room by joking that she would have to win an Oscar in one of Weinstein’s films first if he wanted to touch her. She said she felt “panicky, trapped” during the incident and detailed it in 2015 without revealing Weinstein’s name, saying, “I was sexually harassed by one of our industry’s most famous, admired-slash-rivaled bosses … He was very stealth and expert about it. He groomed me.”
“Women have been talking about Harvey amongst ourselves for a long time, and it’s simply beyond time to have the conversation publicly,” Judd said. The report included interviews with several other woman, ranging from their early 20s to late 40s, all of whom recounted similar interactions with Weinstein over multiple decades.
New York Times reporter Sharon Waxman says she had a story prepared about former Miramax executive Harvey Weinstein’s alleged sexual abuse and misconduct, but the paper gutted her piece in 2004 under pressure from Weinstein himself and other celebrities, she wrote in The Wrap.
Waxman adds that the story was killed after “intense pressure from Weinstein, which included having Matt Damon and Russell Crowe call [her] directly” to vouch for a Miramax Italy employee who she says oversaw the hiring of women to fulfill Harvey Weinstein’s “needs” while traveling.
“I was told at the time that Weinstein had visited the newsroom in person to make his displeasure known. I knew he was a major advertiser in the Times,” wrote Waxman. “But I had the facts, and this was the Times. Right?”
Not quite. She says the story was “gutted” under pressure and “buried” in the paper’s Culture section once it finally made the light of day. The story’s main thrust, she says, was about the firing of Fabrizio Lombardo of Miramax Italy, the man responsible for handling Weinstein’s “needs” who allegedly drew a salary of around $400,000 per year.
Waxman says she had “multiple” people telling her on-record that Lombardo had “no film experience” but regularly hosted evening gatherings with “Russian escorts.”
Weinstein was fired from the company bearing his name Sunday, the remaining board members of the Weinstein Company announced. Other board members departed before Weinstein was fired but after the New York Times piece was released, according to CNN.
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