Another Bombshell Report Drops on Harvey Weinstein

Women accuse him of rape in 'New Yorker' investigation
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 10, 2017 10:54 AM CDT
Updated Oct 10, 2017 1:18 PM CDT
In 2nd Investigation, Women Accuse Weinstein of Rape
Harvey Weinstein is the subject of a second damning investigation.   (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP, File)

Harvey Weinstein had lawyered up even before the New York Times dropped its bombshell report about him, because he knew that both the Times and the New Yorker were working on investigative pieces. Well, now the New Yorker has weighed in, and its report has allegations that are even more damning. Ronan Farrow writes that during his 10-month investigation, he spoke to 13 women who accused Weinstein of sexually assaulting or harassing them. The alleged incidents took place from the 1990s through 2015:

  • "Three women—among them (Italian actress and director Asia) Argento and a former aspiring actress named Lucia Evans—told me that Weinstein raped them, allegations that include Weinstein forcibly performing or receiving oral sex and forcing vaginal sex. Four women said that they experienced unwanted touching that could be classified as an assault," writes Farrow.

  • Four of the women say Weinstein masturbated in front of them or exposed himself.
  • The story also includes an audio recording from an NYPD sting operation in which Weinstein admits groping the breast of model Ambra Battilana Gutierrez and says he's "used to" that kind of behavior.
  • Actresses Mira Sorvino and Rosanna Arquette tell of encounters with Weinstein in which he propositioned them sexually. Both say their careers suffered when they rebuffed him.
  • The New York Times also has a new report studded with some big names. Gwyneth Paltrow recounts being asked for a massage from Weinstein as a 22-year-old who had been hired to star in the Weinstein-produced Emma. She says she told then-boyfriend Brad Pitt about the incident, and Pitt spoke to Weinstein, who then threatened her to keep quiet.
  • Angelina Jolie had this to say to the TImes via email, spurred by an incident in the late 1990s: "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."
  • Another noteworthy name to weigh in: Hillary Clinton. CNN has her statement on her "longtime associate," released today: "I was shocked and appalled by the revelations about Harvey Weinstein. The behavior described by women coming forward cannot be tolerated. Their courage and the support of others is critical in helping to stop this kind of behavior." A separate CNN piece looks at Weinstein's support of the Clintons and Barack Obama over the years.
Read the full New Yorker investigation. (More Harvey Weinstein stories.)

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