Thirteen women told the New Yorker that Harvey Weinstein sexually harassed or assaulted them — and three of those women alleged that he raped them, the magazine reported Tuesday.
The explosive report comes just days after a bombshell New York Times report that the Hollywood power broker had paid out settlements to at least eight women over allegations of sexual misconduct.
Asia Argento and former aspiring actress Lucia Evans are among the women who say that Weinstein raped them. Argento said that Weinstein forcibly performed oral sex on her in 1997, while Evans said Weinstein forced her to perform oral sex on him in 2004.
On Tuesday, Gwyneth Paltrow and Angelina Jolie, as well as four other women, told the New York Times that Weinstein had harassed them. Paltrow said that when she was 22 and had just signed on to play the title role in the 1996 film “Emma,” Weinstein invited her to meet with him in a hotel suite. He then attempted to get her to go to the bedroom for massages.
Paltrow said she immediately left, and told her then-boyfriend, Brad Pitt, about the encounter. After Pitt — who confirmed what happened through a spokesperson to the Times — confronted Weinstein, Paltrow said Weinstein called her and “screamed at [her] for a long time.”
Mira Sorvino also told the New Yorker that Weinstein sexually harassed her and pressured her to have a physical relationship with him during the post-production process of the 1995 movie “Mighty Aphrodite.” Rosanna Arquette — who also spoke to the New York Times — described a time in the 1990s when she was told to meet Weinstein in his hotel room and he answered the door wearing just a bathrobe; he then tried to get her to touch his penis. Both women said their careers suffered after they rejected Weinstein or complained about his actions to his company.
The New Yorker also released an audio recording made during a 2015 New York Police Department sting operation. The audio is purportedly of Weinstein speaking with a model named Ambra Battilana Gutierrez, who told police that Weinstein had groped her breasts and tried to put his hand up her skirt against her wishes, which led the police to have her wear a wire for their next meeting.
In a snippet of the audio that reportedly captures Weinstein trying to pressure Gutierrez to enter his hotel room, Gutierrez can be heard asking, “Why yesterday you touch my breast?”
“Please, I’m sorry, just c’mon, I’m used to that, c’mon, please,” Weinstein responds.
“You’re used to that?”
“Yes, come in.”
“No, but I’m not used to that.”
“I won’t do it again, c’mon.”
She repeatedly tells him she doesn’t want to enter his hotel room. Near the end of the recording, Weinstein says, “I will never do another thing to you. Five minutes. Don’t ruin your friendship with me for five minutes.”
After an investigation into Gutierrez’s allegations, the New York district attorney decided not to file charges against Weinstein. At the time, the office released a statement saying, “After analyzing the available evidence, including multiple interviews with both parties, a criminal charge is not supported.”
A spokesperson for Weinstein told the New Yorker in a statement:
“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.”