Harvey Weinstein's sexual harassment allegations: The most unsettling claims made against the movie mogul

Some of the allegations are particularly graphic

Clark Mindock
Clark Mindock
Tuesday 10 October 2017 00:55 BST
Weinstein has been accused by several women of sexual harassment
Weinstein has been accused by several women of sexual harassment (Richard Shotwell)

Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein has been fired from his namesake company, after a New York Times review of sexual harassment allegations levied against the powerful executive.

The alleged misconduct of Mr Weinstein spans decades, and together paint a sordid picture of a powerful and wealthy man acting without repercussion as he allegedly harassed and exposed himself to women. Even after the allegations were published by the New York Times, it took several days for major Hollywood actors and actresses to condemn the allegations.

Even so, Mr Weinstein has suffered from the allegations. After the New York Times report, Mr Weinstein initially released an apology, but then vowed to fight against his accusers. His lawyers also promised to sue the newspaper reporting on the allegations. The swirling controversy forced him to resign, then much of the board of his company resigned, and, finally, he was fired from his position.

Here are some of the allegations.

Mr Weinstein allegedly invited actress Ashley Judd to the Peninsula Beverly Hills hotel 20 years ago for what Ms Judd expected to be a business breakfast in the lobby. She says that she arrived to find out that the meeting was set to be in his suite — so she ordered cereal, hoping to eat fast and leave.

While in the suite, Mr Weinstein was allegedly wearing a dressingown, and repeatedly asked to give her a massage, which she refused. He then reportedly asked to give her a shoulder rub, which she also refused.

“I said no, a lot of ways, a lot of times, and he always came back at me with some new ask,” Ms Judd told the New York Times. “It was all this bargaining, this coercive bargaining.”

“Women have been talking about Harvey amongst ourselves for a long time, and it’s simply beyond time to have the conversation publicly,” she said.

Something allegedly happened between “Charmed” star Rose McGowan and Mr Weinstein when the actress was 23, resulting in a $100,000 settlement. Legal documents reviewed by the New York Times said that the agreement was “not to be construed as an admission.”

Ms McGowan, after the report came out, tweeted a photo of herself at the 1997 Independent Spirit Awards in Los Angeles, which occurred two months after the alleged incident.

“This is the girl that was hurt by a monster. This is who you are shaming with your silence,” Ms McGowan wrote with the photo, referencing the general silence from much of Hollywood about the allegations.

Mr Weinstein allegedly masturbated in front of a woman after trapping her in a hallway. Lauren Silva, a former Fox News reporter, told the Huffington Post that Weinstein had trapped her in the hallway of a Manhattan restaurant he was an investor in, while giving her a tour. Ms Silva said that he then tried to kiss her, and she refused the advance, telling him that she was in a committed relationship. Mr Weinstein then allegedly told her to “just stand there and shut up,” before proceeding to masturbate in front of her. He then allegedly ejaculated into a nearby potted plant, before zipping up his trousers and going back to the restaurant’s kitchen.

Mr Weinstein allegedly called on at least eight women employees to perform “turndown duty” on him. That included getting him out of bed in the morning, and getting him ready for bed at night.

Eight women told the New York Times that he would frequently be fully naked in front of them. He would also allegedly ask them to watch him bathe, or ask them for massages.

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