Former Hollywood kingmaker Harvey Weinstein this week was named in dozens of sexual harassment allegations, abandoned by his former supporters, pushed out of the company that bears his name, and left by his wife of 10 years. And the recent reports appear to be just the tip of the iceberg. Though Weinstein has since reportedly fled to Europe for sex addiction rehab, new allegations are pouring out — as of Wednesday, almost 30 women had come forward with allegations of sexual harassment and assault committed by the disgraced former studio executive.
Though Weinstein’s behavior was long rumored and often referenced in pop culture, the first official reports broke in an Oct. 5 New York Times story, followed by an Oct. 10 New Yorker report.Since then, a flood of women have come forward alleging the producer sexually harassed, and in some cases, sexually assaulted them — all under the guise of helping them secure acting roles.Here’s a rundown of everything that’s happened so far:
Weinstein’s wife, Georgina Chapman, announced Tuesday that she is leaving her husband after 10 years of marriage. They have two young children.“My heart breaks for all the women who have suffered tremendous pain because of these unforgivable actions,” Chapman, a fashion designer who runs the Marchesa brand, told People on Tuesday.Chapman has been a judge on “Project Runway: All Stars since 2012, a show on which Weinstein was an executive producer.Weinstein, in a statement of his own, suggested the pair could eventually reconcile. “I support her decision. I am in counseling and perhaps, when I am better, we can rebuild. Over the last week, there has been a lot of pain for my family that I take responsibility for,” Weinstein told People.
Weinstein’s wife is leaving him
The list of accusers is growing
- Ashley Judd
- Emily Nestor
- Laura Madden
- Zelda Perkins
- Rose McGowan
- Ambra Battilana Gutierrez
- Asia Argento
- Lucia Evans
- Heather Graham
- Zoë Brock
- Mira Sorvino
- Rosanna Arquette
- Emma de Caunes
- Jessica Barth
- Louise Godbold
- Gwyneth Paltrow
- Liza Campbell
- Judith Godrèche
- Angelina Jolie
- Romola Garai
- Katherine Kendall
- Tomi-Ann Roberts
- Dawn Dunning
- Louisette Geiss
- Lauren Sivan
- Cara Delevingne
- Léa Seydoux
Cyrus Vance, the Manhattan district attorney who set aside a 2015 investigation into Weinstein’s alleged sexual harassment and assault, defended his office’s decision not to pursue a case brought by Italian model Ambra Battilana Gutierrez.“Our sex crimes prosecutors made the determination that this was not going to be a provable case, and so the decision was made not to go forward,” Vance told reporters. “I think we really did what the law obligates us to do.”In a strange coincidence, one of Weinstein’s attorneys made a donation of $10,000 to Vance’s office that same year. Vance has denied any connection between the abandoned case and the donation. Interestingly, news also just came out last week that Vance’s office had killed an investigation into Donald Trump Jr. and Ivanka Trump for real estate fraud in 2012 after their lawyer made a $25,000 donation to Vance’s campaign fund, a connection Vance similarly denied.
Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance defends his decision not to step in earlier
In his initial apology statement, Weinstein noted that he’d made a $5 million pledge to the University of Southern California “to give scholarships to women directors.”But USC says it doesn’t want the cash and has since announced that that it’s rejecting the donation in response to the allegations of sexual harassment and assault.
The University of Southern California won’t take Weinstein’s $5 million check
“Congratulations, you five ladies no longer have to pretend to be attracted to Harvey Weinstein,” Seth MacFarlane said after introducing the the women nominated for the best supporting actress roles at the Oscars.On Wednesday, he confessed that he made the joke after his friend, actress Jessica Barth, confided to him that Weinstein had “attempted advances.”
Seth MacFarlane says a joke he made at Weinstein’s expense at the 2013 Oscars was a jab
MacFarlane himself was widely criticized after the Oscars for making sexist jokes.
Weinstein is seeking treatment for sex addiction somewhere in Europe. TMZ reported Tuesday night that he was boarding a plane imminently to get treatment abroad.But a conflicting report from Page Six Wednesday suggested he was checking into a treatment center in the U.S., and would seek treatment abroad later.On Wednesday, it remained unclear where Weinstein was, or where he would go to be treated.
Weinstein is reportedly going to Europe for sex addiction rehab
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, which organizes the Oscars, will meet on Saturday “to discuss the allegations against Weinstein and any actions warranted by the Academy.”The statement also decrisbed Weinstein’s actions as “repugnant, abhorrent, and antithetical to the high standards of the Academy and the creative community it represents.”Weinstein won the Best Picture Oscar in 1998, as the producer of Shakespeare in Love. And the Weinstein Company and Miramax, under Weinstein’s direction until 2005, were both behind a host of other movies that were nominated for or won Academy Awards, including Lion, Pulp Fiction, Django Unchained, The English Patient, and, Chicago.