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Everything we know about the Harvey Weinstein scandal

by Alex Lubben
Oct 11 2017, 7:37pm

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 is leaving him

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.

The list of accusers is growing

  • Ashley Judd

Judd was the first actress to go on record, telling the New York Times that Weinstein lured her to his hotel room in 1997 ostensibly to discuss a film. Instead, she says, he showed up in a bathrobe, repeatedly asked her to massage him, and requested she watch him take a shower — all of which she says she repeatedly and uncomfortably declined.

  • Emily Nestor

Weinstein bragged to Nestor in 2014 at the Peninsula Beverly Hills hotel “that he’d never had to do anything like Bill Cosby” to get women to sleep with him, according to the New Yorker.

  • Laura Madden

Madden, a former Weinstein company production assistant, told the New York Times that Weinstein had asked her for massages at multiple hotels in 1991.

  • Zelda Perkins

Perkins, a former London assistant at the Weinstein Company, told the Times she was regularly subjected to advances and inappropriate comments from Weinstein in hotel rooms in 1998.

  • Rose McGowan

Weinstein reached a previously unreported $100,000 settlement with Weinstein in 1997 after an incident in a hotel room at the Sundance Film Festival, according to the New York Times. In a series of subsequent tweets, the actress indicated that the incident in question was an alleged rape committed by Weinstein.

  • Ambra Battilana Gutierrez

The Italian model was invited to Weinstein’s offices in Tribeca ostensibly to talk about potential movie roles. But during the meeting, Weinstein groped and tried to put a hand up Gutierrez’s skirt, according to the New Yorker, and though she filed a police report, the case was eventually dropped by Manhattan District Attorney Cy Vance — who later received a $10,000 donation from Weinstein.

  • Asia Argento

Argento, an actress and director, told the New Yorker that Weinstein “performed oral sex on her as she repeatedly told him to stop” at a hotel in the French Riviera in 1997. “After the rape, he won,” she said. Argento later dramatized the incident in a scene in her 1999 film Scarlet Diva, where a fat producer asks her character for a massage before forcing oral sex on her.

  • Lucia Evans

Evans, who was at the time an aspiring actress, told the New Yorker that Weinstein forced her to perform oral sex on him in the Miramax offices in 2004.

  • Heather Graham

Graham wrote in an article for Variety that Weinstein implied that she wouldn’t get a role in his films unless she slept with him. She says he invited her for a follow-up meeting at his hotel, and, uncomfortable with what had transpired, she invited a friend to join. But when her friend canceled at the last minute, Graham called Weinstein to postpone. Weinstein told her she should come anyway, claiming that her friend was already there. “I knew he was lying, so I politely and apologetically reiterated that I could no longer come by,” Graham wrote.

  • Zoë Brock

Brock, a writer and model, wrote on Medium that in 1997 Weinstein asked her for a massage, insisting on it to the point that she had to lock herself in a bathroom to resist his advances.

  • Mira Sorvino

Sorvino, who was promoting her film Mighty Aphrodite, told the New Yorker she ended up in a hotel room with Weinstein during the Toronto Film Festival. “He started massaging my shoulders, which made me very uncomfortable, and then tried to get more physical, sort of chasing me around,” she said, adding that she managed to get out of the room before things escalated further.

  • Rosanna Arquette

In the early 1990s, Weinstein asked Arquette, star of “Pulp Fiction,” to stop by his Beverly Hills hotel room to pick up a script. Weinstein was alone in the room, wearing only a bathrobe, and asked Arquette for a massage and put her hand on his crotch, according to the New York Times.

  • Emma de Caunes

De Caunes, a French actor, says Weinstein exposed himself to her at the Hotel Ritz in Paris. “I could feel that the more I was freaking out, the more he was excited.” she told the New Yorker. “It was like a hunter with a wild animal. The fear turns him on.”

  • Jessica Barth

Barth says that Weinstein alternated between offering her parts in films and asking her to give him a massage while he was naked in bed at the Beverly Hills Peninsula Hotel in 2011, according to the New Yorker.

  • Louise Godbold

Godbold, the CEO of a nonprofit, wrote that Weinstein tried to trap her in a meeting room, demanding massages, in the early 1990s.

  • Gwyneth Paltrow

Paltrow’s agent scheduled a meeting with Weinstein in the mid-1990s at a hotel room at the Peninsula Hotel in Beverly Hills, where Weinstein tried to massage her and invited her to his bedroom, according to the New York Times. Paltrow declined and left.

  • Liza Campbell

In an article for the Sunday Times of London, the British artist and writer said Weinstein asked her to take a bath with him during a meeting in Weinstein’s hotel room in London in 1995.

  • Judith Godrèche

Weinstein tried to persuade Godrèche that casual massages were an American custom during a meeting in a hotel room during the Cannes Film Festival in France in 1996, according to the New York Times. “The next thing I know, he’s pressing against me and pulling off my sweater,” she said.

  • Angelina Jolie

“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,” Jolie told the New York Times in an email.

  • Romola Garai

Weinstein, clad only in a bathrobe, answered the door to his hotel room at the London Savoy when Garai, a British actor who was 18 at the time, showed up for “an audition,” in 2000, she told the Guardian.

  • Katherine Kendall

“He literally chased me,” Kendall told the New York Times of an incident at Weinstein’s New York City apartment in 1993. “He wouldn’t let me pass him to get to the door.”

  • Tomi-Ann Roberts

Roberts told ABC that she met Weinstein in New York while she was waiting tables and trying to make it as an actor in 1984 (she’s now a psychology professor). He asked her to meet him where he was staying, where she found him naked in a bathtub. He asked her to get naked, too. She left.

  • Dawn Dunning

“You’ll never make it in this business,” Dunning, a former actress who’s now a fashion designer, said Weinstein told her after she refused to have a threesome with him, according to the New York Times, “This is how the business works.”

  • Louisette Geiss

Geiss, a former actress and screenwriter, said at a news conference on Tuesday that Weinstein had suggested to her that watching him masturbate could help her career.

  • Lauren Sivan

Weinstein reportedly masturbated in front of Sivan in the hallway of a restaurant in 1997, according to the Huffington Post.

  • Cara Delevingne

Delevingne, an actor and model, accused Weinstein Wednesday of trying to get her to kiss another woman in a hotel room, and then making an advance on her himself. “He walked me to the door and stood in front of it and tried to kiss me on the lips,” she wrote on Instagram.

  • Léa Seydoux

Seydoux, a French actor, wrote in the Guardian, “We were talking on the sofa when he suddenly jumped on me and tried to kiss me. I had to defend myself.”

Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance defends his decision not to step in earlier

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.

The University of Southern California won’t take Weinstein’s $5 million check

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.

Seth MacFarlane says a joke he made at Weinstein’s expense at the 2013 Oscars was a jab

“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.”

MacFarlane himself was widely criticized after the Oscars for making sexist jokes.

Weinstein is reportedly going to Europe for sex addiction rehab

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.

The Academy is meeting to decide on consequences for Weinstein

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.

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