On Thursday 5th October, The New York Times published an explosive report alleging 65-year-old film executive, Harvey Weinstein sexually harassed many women in Hollywood over a period of 30 years.
The report alleged Weinstein had previously reached at least eight settlements – worth anywhere between US$80,000 to US$150,000. Eight women shared their experience with Harvey Weinstein in the report, including actress Ashley Judd.
Harvey has since been sacked from The Weinstein Company and his wife has announced she is leaving him.
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Since then, actresses Angelina Jolie and Gwyneth Paltrow have come forward alleging similar scenarios of sexual harassment. Thirteen other women shared their stories of alleged sexual assault by Harvey Weinstein with the New Yorker, including three who said they were raped.
All up, so far 23 women have come forward with their experiences.
But why now? And who is alleging what?
This is every key piece of information you need to know, so far.
What are the women saying?
“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 said in an email to the Times. “This behaviour towards women in any field, any country is unacceptable.”
At 22, Paltrow said Weinstein tried to lure her into giving him a massage in a hotel room.
“I was a kid, I was signed up, I was petrified,” Paltrow told the Times about about her experience on the set of 1996’s Emma. It was one of her first big roles.
In 1997, actress Asia Argento claims she was invited to what she thought was a party thrown by Weinstein’s company, Miramax on the French Riviera at the Hôtel du Cap-Eden-Roc. She told the New Yorker she felt “professionally obliged” to go to the party.
However, when she got there it was “only a hotel room, empty but for Weinstein.”
As per the piece:
Argento said that, after she reluctantly agreed to give Weinstein a massage, he pulled her skirt up, forced her legs apart, and performed oral sex on her as she repeatedly told him to stop. Weinstein “terrified me, and he was so big,” she said. “It wouldn’t stop. It was a nightmare.”
At some point, Argento said she stopped saying no and feigned enjoyment, because she thought it was the only way the assault would end. “I was not willing,” she told me. “I said, ‘No, no, no.’ . . . It’s twisted. A big fat man wanting to eat you.”