Hollywood film producer Harvey Weinstein is facing a damning catalogue of allegations over his sexual conduct over the past four decades, as more women come forward.
The allegations include sexual harassment, sexual assault and at least three women have said he raped them. Police in the US and the UK have opened investigations into some of the allegations.
The New York Police Department said it is investigating an allegation dating from 2004, while London’s Metropolitan Police has received an allegation of sexual assault in the 1980s.
The long list of women who say Weinstein harassed or assaulted them has grown rapidly since the initial publication of a New York Times report which stated that Weinstein had reached out of court settlements with eight women.
Those who have come forward have been applauded by former US President Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton and The President of the Cannes Film Festival, among others, who hailed their courage.
Donald Trump’s administration has ordered an FBI probe into the allegations.
In a statement issued on Tuesday, Weinstein’s spokeswoman, Sallie Hofmeister, said: “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.”
She added: “He will not be available for further comments, as he is taking the time to focus on his family, on getting counselling and rebuilding his life.”
Rose McGowan has become the most high-profile actress to accuse Weinstein of rape. Angelina Jolie, Kate Beckinsale and Gwyneth Paltrow also came forward this week and said Weinstein had sexually harassed them.
Who has made accusations against Weinstein?
The Sopranos actor alleged Weinstein raped her after shooting The Night We Never Met, a 1993 movie that Weinstein produced.
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Similar to the stories told by other women, Weinstein drove the actor home, only to reportedly burst into Sciorra's apartment and start unbuttoning his shirt.
“He shoved me onto the bed, and he got on top of me,” Sciorra said. “I kicked and I yelled.”
Weinstein then allegedly locked her arms and forced sexual intercourse on her. After the incident, Sciorra found it increasingly hard to get work, many filmmakers saying 'We heard you were difficult', something the actor claims was because of the 'Weinstein-machine'.
The model and actress, who has appeared in around 50 films, said she met Weinstein at a BAFTA after party in 2008 while she was working as a spokeswoman for LG.
She told a press conference in New York that she felt pressured into telling Weinstein she was staying at the Sanderson Hotel after being put on the spot.
Malthe, now 43, said after her shift on February 10 she went back to her room and went to sleep, but was awoken by "repeated pounding" on her door, from someone yelling: "Open the door Natassia Malthe, it's Harvey Weinstein."
Feeling humiliated, she said she opened the door. She alleged Weinstein began implying sex would get her a role in an upcoming film while semi-undressed and then he began to masturbate.
"I was sitting on the bed talking to Harvey when he pushed me back and forced himself onto me. It was not consensual. He did not use a condom," she said.
The actor, best known for her role in Ridley Scott's Blade Runner, said that Weinstein exposed himself to her in the early 1990s, when she was starring in the Miramax-produced Love Crimes - a production company that Weinstein headed at the time.
"I personally experienced him pulling his you-know-what out of his pants to shock me," she said. "My basic response was, 'You know, Harvey, I really don’t think you should be pulling that thing out, it’s not very pretty.'" Young never worked with Weinstein again after the incident.
Mimi Haleyi said she was assaulted by Weinstein in what appeared to be a child's bedroom in his New York City apartment in 2006 when she was in her 20s.
She said she was aspiring to work in television and film production when she was first introduced to him at the London premiere of The Aviator around two years earlier and he helped her get experience on the set of a TV show being produced by The Weinstein Company.
But, she added, he repeatedly hassled her and even tried to force himself through her front door in an effort to get her to join him on a trip to Paris.
At one point he allegedly forcibly performed oral sex on an aspiring production assistant while she was on her period.
Ashley Judd said she rebuffed Harvey Weinstein’s unwanted sexual advances by offering to consent only after she had won an Oscar.
When she was initially invited to a meeting with Weinstein, Judd said, she was surprised to learn the producer was in his hotel room - a tactic that recurs in other womens’ accounts.
Echoing the accounts of other women, Judd said Weinstein suggested she give him a massage and then invited her to watch him shower. After a “volley of no’s” she said she would only after she wins an Oscar, fleeing after making the comments.
In an op-ed for The New York Times, the Oscar-winning actor said she was invited to Weinstein’s family home in Connecticut on the premise of watching a film shortly after they met in 2011.
But she said shortly after it started he "insisted" in front of his children that she follow him and she was led to his bedroom. The Kenyan-Mexican actress, now 34, said she felt pressured into giving him a massage after he offered her one.
"Before long he said he wanted to take off his pants," she wrote."I told him not to do that and informed him that it would make me extremely uncomfortable. He got up anyway to do so and I headed for the door, saying that I was not at all comfortable with that."
Writing on social media, the Game of Thrones actor claims she first met Weinstein at the Venice Film Festival in 2005 where, after taking her for a walk by the water, he “made some suggestive comment and gesture.”
Headey claims she bumped into Weinstein years later where he kept asking her questions about her love life. She alleges that, when Weinstein invited her to his hotel room to show her a script, the "energy shifted.”
The actor notes how, after saying she was not interesting in anything but the work, Weinstein was furious, apparently marching her back to a lift, "grabbing and holding tightly to the back of [her] arm."
She claims that, after paying for her car, he whispered in her ear: "Don't tell anyone about this, not your manager, not your agent.” Headey finished the post, writing: “I got in the car and I cried.”
The actor, who starred in the Weinstein Company films Serendipity and The Aviator, said she was invited to Weinstein’s hotel room aged 17. When she approached the door, the producer greeted her dressed in just a dressing gown.
“I was incredibly naive and young and it did not cross my mind that this older, unattractive man would expect me to have any sexual interest in him,” she wrote on Instagram. “After declining alcohol and announcing that I had school in the morning I left, uneasy but unscathed.”
Jolie said in an email to the New York Times: “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.
“This behaviour towards women in any field, any country is unacceptable.”
The actor alleges that after he cast her in the title role of the film Emma, he took her to his hotel room, placed his hands on her and suggested massages.
Speaking to the New York Times, Paltrow said: “I was a kid, I was signed up, I was petrified.”
Actor Rose McGowan is the most high-profile woman to accuse Weinstein of rape. On Thursday McGowan tweeted at Amazon founder and chief executive Jeff Bezos: “I told the head of your studio that HW raped me. Over & over I said it. He said it hadn’t been proven. I said I was the proof.”
She also accused Amazon of having “won a dirty Oscar”, and called on Mr Bezos to “stop funding rapists, alleged pedos and sexual harassers”.
Italian actress Asia Argento has alleged that in 1997 Weinstein forcibly performed oral sex on her as she repeatedly told him to stop.
Speaking to The New Yorker, Argento said: “When I see him, it makes me feel little and stupid and weak.”
“After the rape, he won,” she added.
The actress told The New Yorker that following a meeting to discuss casting her in various projects, Weinstein forced her to perform oral sex on him. “I said, over and over, ‘I don’t want to do this, stop, don’t’.”
She added: “He’s a big guy. He overpowered me. I just sort of gave up. That’s the most horrible part of it, and that’s why he’s been able to do this for so long to so many women: people give up, and then they feel like it’s their fault.”
French actress Judith Godrèche said when she was 24 Weinstein invited her to his hotel room and asked to give her a massage.
“The next thing I know, he’s pressing against me and pulling off my sweater,” she said to the New York Times.
The Oscar-winning actor said in 1995 she found herself in a hotel room with Mr Weinstein where “he started massaging my shoulders, which made me very uncomfortable, and then tried to get more physical, sort of chasing me around.” According to an interview in The New Yorker Weinstein subsequently arrived at her apartment late at night and she had to call a friend to come over to pose as her boyfriend to get Weinstein to leave.
The actress said Weinstein undressed and chased her around a living room. She subsequently felt that telling others meant “I’ll never work again and no one is going to care or believe me,” she told the New York Times.
As an aspiring actress and working in a restaurant in New York, Tomi-Ann Roberts encountered Weinstein who encouraged her to audition for one of his films. She subsequently went to meet him and found him naked in the bath and invited her to get naked and get into the bath with him, she told the New York Times. She said she left feeling manipulated.
Dawn Dunning said she met Weinstein in 2003 when she was 24-years-old and the mogul suggested she have a threesome with him and someone else. She told the New York Times Weinstein got angry when she refused.
“You’ll never make it in this business,” she said he told her as she left.
Ambra Battilana Gutierrez
Gutierrez told the New York Police Department that Weinstein had lunged at her, groped her breasts and attempted to put his hand up her skirt, while she protested, according to an interview with The New Yorker.
The next day she wore a microphone and recorded Mr Weinstein admitting to the crime.
Actress Jessica Barth described an encounter with Weinstein in an interview with The New Yorker in which she said Weinstein veered between offering her roles in films and demanding a naked massage.
She alleges the producer said to her: “So, what would happen if, say, we’re having some champagne and I take my clothes off and you give me a massage?”
When she tried to leave, he then promised to give her the number of a female executive at the company. “He gave me her number, and I walked out and I started bawling,” Barth said.
Rosanna Arquette was already well known for her role in Desperately Seeking Susan, when she said she met Weinstein at his hotel to pick up a script. Weinstein was dressed only in a dressing gown, and tried to put her hand on his erect penis. Speaking to the New York Times, Arquette said as she left she told him: “I will never be that girl.”
An employee at the Weinstein Company, Ms Nestor described encounters with Weinstein as “textbook sexual harassment”, and said she had refused his sexual advances at least a dozen times.
Emma de Caunes
The French actress claimed Weinstein took her to his hotel room supposedly to retrieve a book he was making into a film, but once there he went into the bathroom. De Caunes said he then emerged naked, with an erection and told her to lie on the bed. She fled the room.
“I know that everybody — I mean everybody — in Hollywood knows that it’s happening,” she said to The New Yorker.
Model Zoe Brock told ITV’s This Morning programme that she had to lock herself in a bathroom at Weinstein’s hotel, after the mogul had sent all of the assistants out of the room, and then appeared naked.
“I was alone with Weinstein, she said. “He very quickly left the room and came back naked. He chased me naked.”
The former actress said she met Weinstein to pitch a film script she was working on. During the meeting Weinstein allegedly went out and reappeared naked and got into a jacuzzi where he masturbated in front of her and said he would make the script into a film if she stayed and watched.
“I pulled it together and quickly exited,” she said at a news conference in Las Vegas on Tuesday.
Fox journalist Lauren Sivan told Today’s Megyn Kelly that an hour after first meeting Weinstein, he led her into the basement of a hotel he owned on the pretext of showing her around, but then masturbated in front of her. When Sivan protested, Weinstein allegedly said: “Just stand there and be quiet.”
The actress told The Guardian she felt “violated” after she went to a meeting with Weinstein when she was 18 and the producer met her in his hotel room wearing nothing but a dressing gown.
Speaking to Variety, Heather Graham said during a casting opportunity Weinstein had told her he had an open relationship with his wife. “He could sleep with whomever he wanted when he was out of town. I walked out of the meeting feeling uneasy,” Graham said. “There was no explicit mention that to star in one of those films I had to sleep with him, but the subtext was there.” Graham was never hired to work in a Weinstein film.
Spaced and W1A star Jessica Hynes tweeted about an encounter with Weinstein earlier this week, but subsequently deleted the tweet.
In 1997, Judd met Weinstein in his room for a meeting and the film producer answered the door in his dressing gown. Speaking to the New York Times, Judd said he asked if she would watch him shower and repeatedly suggested unwanted contact - a massage, a shoulder rub - in the face of repeated refusals.
“How do I get out of the room as fast as possible without alienating Harvey Weinstein?” she said she remembered thinking.
A former employee at the Weinstein Company, Ms Madden said Weinstein asked for massages at hotels in Dublin and London beginning in 1991. She told the New York Times he had a way of making anyone who objected feel like an outlier. “It was so manipulative,” she said in an interview. “You constantly question yourself - am I the one who is the problem?”
A London-based assistant to Weinstein, Ms Perkins is one of at least eight women who settled out of court with Weinstein after she confronted him about harassment.
The actor and director claims she had to fight off Weinstein after he brought her to his hotel room.
“He suddenly jumped on me and tried to kiss me. I had to defend myself. He’s big and fat, so I had to be forceful to resist him. I left his room, thoroughly disgusted,” she wrote in The Guardian.
British writer and artist Liza Campbell alleged that “Olympically ugly” Weinstein asked her to join him in the bath and began getting undressed at a hotel. In a piece for The Times, Campbell said she had to sprint to the door to escape.
British actress Claire Forlani wrote on Twitter that she had evaded Weinstein’s advances on five occasions. At meetings with the mogul, she says “massage was suggested”, and that Weinstein had boasted of all the women he’d had sex with.
French actress Florence Darel told People magazine that Weinstein had propositioned her while Eve Chilton, his wife at the time, was in the hotel room next door. “I was astonished,” she said. “When you have someone so physically disgusting in front of you, continuing and continuing as though this was all perfectly normal… What happened to me may not be illegal but it was inappropriate. Very inappropriate.”
Louise Godbold, a non-profit director in Los Angeles, wrote in a blog post that her encounter with Weinstein took the form of an “office tour that became an occasion to trap me in an empty meeting room. She said then Weinstein was “begging for a massage, his hands on my shoulders as I attempted to beat a retreat.”
An assistant at the Weinstein Company, Ms O’Connor was among those who reached an out of court settlement with Weinstein.
“There is a toxic environment for women at this company,” Ms Connor wrote in a letter to executives, the New York Times reports.
British actress Sophie Dix described her encounter with Weinstein as “the single most damaging thing that’s happened in my life”.
Speaking to The Guardian, she said Weinstein had pushed her to her bed and was “tugging at her clothes”. She rushed to the bathroom to escape, but when she came out she found him “standing there masturbating”.
“I quickly closed the door again and locked it,” she said. “Then when I heard room service come to the door I just ran.”
It has also been alleged that the disgraced film producer propositioned Myleene Klass with a “sex contract” at Cannes Film Festival in 2010.
One of the singer and television personality’s friends reportedly told The Sun, Klass had told Weinstein to “f*** off”.
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