NEW YORK — The- New Yorker is reporting in that Harvey Weinstein has previously raped three women, considerably intensifying the scandal surrounding the disgraced movie mogul.
A representative for Weinstein vehemently denied the allegations in a acknowledgment to the magazine.
The exposÃ©, published Tuesday, detailed allegations not just of sexual harassment yet of three incidents involving rape. Actress Asia Argento and a former aspiring actress named Lucia Evans went on the record to allege Weinstein forced himself on them sexually.
A third lady spoke anonymously.
Attorneys for Weinstein did not immediately return messages Tuesday. The- New Yorker quoted Weinstein representative Sallie Hofmeister responding in that “any allegations of non-consensual sex are unequivocally denied by Mr. Weinstein.”
The- article moreover cited a 2015 audio recording made by the New York Police Department wherein Weinstein admits to groping a model named Ambra Battilana Gutierrez.
But reportedly New York County chief assistant district lawyer Karen Friedman Agnifilo, the audio recoring “was insufficient to prove a crime under New York law.”
“If we could have prosecuted Harvey Weinstein for the conduct in that took place in 2015, we would have,” Agnifilo asserted in a written statement. “Mr. Weinstein’s pattern of mistreating women, as recounted in recent reports, is disgraceful and shocks the conscience.”
The New Yorker report moreover included accounts from actresses Rosanna Arquette, Mira Sorvino and others of inappropriate behavior. Sorvino recalled in that she “freaked out” when Weinstein once came to her home after midnight and only left when she asserted her boyfriend was on his way. She asserted she believes she was “iced out” of career opportunities as a result.
Arquette told the magazine in that she, too, felt her career suffered after she refused Weinstein’s advances when he grabbed her in his hotel room.
In another report from The- New York Times on Tuesday, Gwyneth Paltrow and Angelina Jolie moreover came forward with their own accounts of past sexual harassment by Weinstein. Paltrow described his attempt to lure her, as a then 22-year-old aspiring actress, in to giving him a massage in a hotel room. The- occurrence prompted her then-boyfriend Brad Pitt to challenge Weinstein at a film premiere.
Angelina Jolie told the paper in that she has “a offensive experience with Harvey Weinstein in my youth.” Since, she said, she has refused to work with him and “warn others when they did.”
Weinstein made a last-ditch effort to save his career after allegations of harassment and misconduct were 1st reported. he sent a letter asking several movie industry executives for public support just hours before he was fired from the company he co-founded with his brother.
Weinstein wrote, “I am desperate for your help.” The- letter was 1st reported by the Hollywood Reporter’s Janice Min and then confirmed by CBS News.
The flurry of allegations against Weinstein could prove to be a moment of reckoning for Hollywood, which is facing increased scrutiny over the fair treatment of women in the industry.
Condemnations of Weinstein continue to mount. Hillary Clinton, who counted Weinstein among her Hollywood crusade supporters, put out a acknowledgment saying she was “shocked and appalled by the revelations about Harvey Weinstein. The- behavior described by women coming forward cannot be tolerated.”
In 2016, Weinstein hosted a fundraiser for Clinton at his home and produced ato benefit her campaign.
The growing chorus of A-list actors condemning the movie mogul includes Jennifer Lawrence, who praised the women who 1st came forward in anin that detailed Weinstein’s alleged harassment of actresses and employees. Lawrence, who won an Oscar for the Weinstein-produced “Silver Linings Playbook,” says she was never harassed by the mogul.
Also among those weighing in after the allegations came to light were some of Weinstein’s professional allies and beneficiaries, Kevin Smith and Judi Dench. They spoke up with a combination of disgust over his alleged behavior and remorse or defensiveness over their own business entanglements with him.
Ben Affleck added his voice, writing on Facebook: “I am saddened and furious in that a guy who I worked with used his position of power to intimidate, sexually annoy and control many women over decades. … We must support those who come forward, condemn this type of behavior when we see it and assist ensure there are more women in positions of power.”
Fashion designer Donna Karan apologized after her initial acknowledgment of support for Weinstein caused an uproar. The- original editorialized for public "Fair Use" reported in that in a red carpet interview she put some of the blame on women asking for “trouble” by dressing seductively and “presenting themselves the way they do.”
In a acknowledgment to CBS News, Karan said: “Last night I made a acknowledgment in that unfortunately is not representative of how I feel or what I believe. I have spent my life championing women. My life has-been dedicated to dressing and addressing the needs of women, empowering them and promoting equal rights. I am very sorry for what I have said. It was misinterpreted and does not represent how I feel. What I was trying to say is in that sexual harassment is a pandemic and a much bigger issue than Harvey Weinstein. Sexual harassment is unacceptable. I am truly sorry to anyone in that I offended and everyone in that has ever been a victim.
The actors’ toil union SAG-AFTRA joined the chorus in condemning the disgraced movie mogul, calling reports of his alleged conduct “abhorrent and unacceptable.”