Published Oct 10, 2017Last week, notorious Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein was fired from his own company following a New York Times report alleging decades of sexual harassment. Now, the allegations against Weinstein have worsened as three women claim he raped them.
Ronan Farrow spend 10 months interviewing 13 women for a New Yorker piece published today (October 10). The piece alleges more sexual harassment from Weinstein, with accounts from performers like Mira Sorvino. There are four women who report unwanted physical contact "that could be classified as an assault." Further, actor Asia Argento (and daughter of director Dario Argento) is among three women who allege Weinstein raped them.
In 1997, Argento claims she was invited to an exclusive industry party only to find herself alone with Weinstein in a hotel room. He asked Argento to massage him, at which point she says he forced her legs open and performed oral sex on her despite her repeated pleas for him to stop. "I was not willing," she said. "I said, 'No, no, no.'... It's twisted. A big fat man wanting to eat you. It's a scary fairy tale."
After the rape, she told Weinstein, "I am not a whore." She says he laughed at her and said he wanted to put that phrase on a T-shirt. From there, he became obsessed with her, sending her gifts and attempting to start a relationship.
Further, the New Yorker has leaked audio of Weinstein admitting to groping a Filipina-Italian model named Ambra Battilana Gutierrez. The recording was made as part of a 2015 NYPD sting operation after Gutierrez claimed Weinstein had inappropriately touched her. In the tape, available below, you'll hear Weinstein repeatedly ignore the model as she says "no" to his advances.
Most accounts of Harvey Weinstein's behaviour mention the fact that the producer is notoriously rageful, often retaliating with efforts to smear those who cross him.
Still, despite a previous apology for his behaviour, the former producer has released a new statement denying all allegations through his lawyer:
Any allegations of non-consensual sex are unequivocally denied by Mr. Weinstein.... Mr. Weinstein has further confirmed that there were never any acts of retaliation against any women for refusing his advances. Mr. Weinstein obviously can't speak to anonymous allegations, but with respect to any women who have made allegations on the record, Mr. Weinstein believes that all of these relationships were consensual.... Mr. Weinstein has begun counseling, has listened to the community and is pursuing a better path. Mr. Weinstein is hoping that, if he makes enough progress, he will be given a second chance.