In what used to be written in blind items, the New York Times decided to do things differently and carry out an actual report about this big time Hollywood producer, who has been accused several times by actresses in Hollywood. Some actresses have had the guts to decline his invitations and we saying “guts” because these actresses knew that they would be kicked out of every single project from his big production house.
There have been a few actresses as well, who are known to have been or still are his ‘keep’ or mistresses. We’ll just give you this clue, some of them are young leggy blond actresses and you might not call them all “actresses” when they are just pretty faces. Below you will find the list of victims and details of what they had to go through. You will also find reactions from other Hollywood personalities and a statement from the accused himself.
This sexual harassment was detailed in 2015 by Blind Gossip through a blind item where they named the actress, but not the accuser. Obviously, it’s because the actress herself was telling this story so she stopped short of revealing who this big man was.
Ashley Judd Reveals Sexual Harassment by Studio Mogul
When she was filming Paramount’s Kiss the Girls in the late 90s, Judd was sexually harassed by a mogul from a rival studio, who kept summoning her to his hotel room under the pretense of talking about roles in his movies.
Ashley Judd: I was sexually harassed by one of our industry’s most famous, admired-slash-reviled bosses. I was making Kiss the Girls at the time, and here I was, a declared feminist. I had completed a minor in what was then called women’s studies, which we now call gender studies. And yet I did not recognize at the time what was happening to me. It took years before I could evaluate that incident and realize that there was something incredibly wrong and illegal about it.
In my example, there was no casting involved. This was just twirling the lasso. I think it’s very important to note that I considered myself empowered. He was very stealth and expert about it. He groomed me, which is a technical term – Oh, come meet at the hotel for something to eat. Fine, I show up. Oh, he’s actually in his room. I’m like, Are you kidding me? I just worked all night. I’m just going to order cereal. It went on in these stages. It was so disgusting. He physically lured me by saying, “Oh, help me pick out what I’m going to wear.” There was a lot that happened between the point of entry and the bargaining. There was this whole process of bargaining—“Come do this, come do this, come do this.” And I would say, “No, no, no.” I have a feeling if this is online and people have the opportunity to post comments, a lot of the people will say, “Why didn’t you leave the room?”, which is victim-blaming. When I kept saying no to everything, there was a huge asymmetry of power and control in that room.
This will be familiar to all the women to whom this has happened. I have a feeling we are a legion. I was with a bunch of other actors, and it was critical that it was actors: The exact same thing had happened to them by the exact same mogul. Only when we were sitting around talking about it did we realize our experiences were identical.
The ultimate thing when I was weaseling out of everything else was, “Will you watch me take a shower?” And all the other women, sitting around this table with me, said, “Oh my god—that’s what he said to me too.” In that moment, I told him something like, “When I win an Academy Award in one of your movies.” He said, “No, when you get nominated.” I said, “No, no, when I win an Academy Award.” That was a small moment of power when I was able to contradict him and hold to my reality. And then I got out of there. And by the way, I’ve never been offered a movie by that studio. Ever.
Blind Gossip also posted another blind item about the same man and this time, it was narrated by Rose McGowan, an actress,:
Who Assaulted Rose McGowan
“It’s been an open secret in Hollywood/Media & they shamed me while adulating my r*pist,” she wrote on Twitter on Thursday night, before all but naming her attacker.
In a series of provocative tweets, outspoken feminist actress-turned-filmmaker and activist Rose McGowan has declared she was r*ped by a powerful Hollywood executive – and, by process of deduction, left industry insiders narrowing down to whom she was referring.
Using the trending #WhyWomenDontReport hashtag, McGowan posted on Thursday evening that she’d attempted to have her alleged r*pist brought to justice. She wrote, “a (female) criminal attorney said because I’d done a sex scene in a film I would never win against the studio head.”
McGowan continued, “it’s been an open secret in Hollywood/Media & they shamed me while adulating my r*pist,” before all but naming her attacker. She finished by stating: “It is time for some goddamned honesty in this world.”
And now, the director has been officially revealed to be Harvey Weinstein, who owns The Weinstein Company and Miramax Studios. His studios have been responsible for several Hollywood big hits, including ‘The King’s Speech’, ‘Shakespeare in Love’, ‘Good Will Hunting’, ‘Life Is Beautiful’, and ‘Pulp Fiction’. His predator reputation has been known for decades and anyone, who hangs out with him or is close to him is literally hanging out with the devil. As in, you know you have to sell your soul to him to be in his presence and for him to give you money.
These accusations have been brought to light, thanks to a former employee named Lauren O’Connor. Lauren was horrified at the way these women were treated and started compiling all these details through memos, which she sent to the higher-ups of the company. You can find the full report and investigation right HERE on the official website of The New York Times. We are just going to highlight the things he has been accused of doing, going by each victim’s version of what happened.
Women accuse Harvey Weinstein of being inappropriate with them in a sexual way
Two decades ago, the Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein invited Ashley Judd to the Peninsula Beverly Hills hotel for what the young actress expected to be a business breakfast meeting. Instead, he had her sent up to his room, where he appeared in a bathrobe and asked if he could give her a massage or she could watch him shower, she recalled in an interview.
“How do I get out of the room as fast as possible without alienating Harvey Weinstein?” Ms. Judd said she remembers thinking.
What happened between Ashley Judd and Harvey Weinstein
When Mr. Weinstein invited Ms. Judd to breakfast in Beverly Hills, she had been shooting the thriller “Kiss the Girls” all night, but the meeting seemed too important to miss. After arriving at the hotel lobby, she was surprised to learn that they would be talking in his suite; she decided to order cereal, she said, so the food would come quickly and she could leave.
Mr. Weinstein soon issued invitation after invitation, she said. Could he give her a massage? When she refused, he suggested a shoulder rub. She rejected that too, she recalled. He steered her toward a closet, asking her to help pick out his clothing for the day, and then toward the bathroom. Would she watch him take a shower? she remembered him saying.
“I said no, a lot of ways, a lot of times, and he always came back at me with some new ask,” Ms. Judd said. “It was all this bargaining, this coercive bargaining.”
To get out of the room, she said, she quipped that if Mr. Weinstein wanted to touch her, she would first have to win an Oscar in one of his movies. She recalled feeling “panicky, trapped,” she said in the interview. “There’s a lot on the line, the cachet that came with Miramax.”
Not long afterward, she related what had happened to her mother, the singer Naomi Judd, who confirmed their conversation to a Times reporter. Years later, Ashley Judd appeared in two Weinstein films without incident, she said. In 2015, she shared an account of the episode in the hotel room with “Variety” without naming the man involved.
Ashley Judd recently confirmed the same feelings about him in an interview
Women have been talking about Harvey amongst ourselves for a long time, and it’s simply beyond time to have the conversation publicly.
In 1997, Mr. Weinstein reached a previously undisclosed settlement with Rose McGowan, then a 23-year-old-actress, after an episode in a hotel room during the Sundance Film Festival. The $100,000 settlement was “not to be construed as an admission” by Mr. Weinstein, but intended to “avoid litigation and buy peace,” according to the legal document, which was reviewed by The Times. Ms. McGowan had just appeared in the slasher film “Scream” and would later star in the television show “Charmed.” She declined to comment.
Why Rose McGowan can’t talk now?
In order to settle with Weinstein, McGowan undoubtedly had to sign a Non-Disclosure Agreement. We do not know what kind of penalty she would face for breaking her silence and thus breaking the agreement. It is reasonable to assume that the legal and financial penalties would make her hesitate to name names.
She has been hinting at the event, though, through stories, through social media, and through a memoir that will be published next year.
The story was the original blind item where she says that she was “r*ped by a powerful Hollywood executive” who was a “studio head.” She also said “my ex sold our movie to my r*pist”. She could be talking about Grindhouse, directed by her then boyfriend Robert Rodriguez, which was sold to The Weinstein Company.
In March 2015, Mr. Weinstein had invited Ambra Battilana, an Italian model and aspiring actress, to his TriBeCa office on a Friday evening to discuss her career. Within hours, she called the police. Ms. Battilana told them that Mr. Weinstein had grabbed her breasts after asking if they were real and put his hands up her skirt, the police report says.
The claims were taken up by the New York Police Department’s Special Victims Squad and splashed across the pages of tabloids, along with reports that the woman had worked with investigators to secretly record a confession from Mr. Weinstein. The Manhattan district attorney’s office later declined to bring charges.
But Mr. Weinstein made a payment to Ms. Battilana, according to people familiar with the settlement, speaking on the condition of anonymity about the confidential agreement.
In 2014, Mr. Weinstein invited Emily Nestor, who had worked just one day as a temporary employee, to the same hotel and made another offer: If she accepted his sexual advances, he would boost her career, according to accounts she provided to colleagues who sent them to Weinstein Company executives.
Ms. Nestor, a law and business school student, accepted Mr. Weinstein’s breakfast invitation at the Peninsula because she did not want to miss an opportunity, she later told colleagues. After she arrived, he offered to help her career while boasting about a series of famous actresses he claimed to have slept with, according to accounts that colleagues compiled after hearing her story and then sent on to company executives.
“She said he was very persistent and focused though she kept saying no for over an hour,” one internal document said. Ms. Nestor, who declined to comment for this article, refused his bargain, the records noted. “She was disappointed that he met with her and did not seem to be interested in her résumé or skill set.” The young woman chose not to report the episode to human resources personnel, but the allegations came to management’s attention through other employees.
Unnamed Female Assistant
The following year, once again at the Peninsula, a female assistant said Mr. Weinstein badgered her into giving him a massage while he was naked, leaving her “crying and very distraught,” wrote a colleague, Lauren O’Connor, in a searing memo asserting sexual harassment and other misconduct by their boss.
Laura Madden, a former employee who said Mr. Weinstein prodded her for massages at hotels in Dublin and London beginning in 1991, said he had a way of making anyone who objected feel like an outlier. “It was so manipulative,” she said in an interview. “You constantly question yourself — am I the one who is the problem?”
Ms. Madden later told Karen Katz, a friend and colleague in the acquisitions department, about Mr. Weinstein’s overtures, including a time she locked herself in the bathroom of his hotel room, sobbing. “We were so young at the time,” said Ms. Katz, now a documentary filmmaker. “We did not understand how wrong it was or how Laura should deal with it.”
Nearly Three Decades Recorded of Harvey Weinstein’s Predator Behaviour
An investigation by The New York Times found previously undisclosed allegations against Mr. Weinstein stretching over nearly three decades, documented through interviews with current and former employees and film industry workers, as well as legal records, emails and internal documents from the businesses he has run, Miramax and the Weinstein Company.
Harvey Weinstein paid his victims to keep quiet
During that time, after being confronted with allegations including sexual harassment and unwanted physical contact, Mr. Weinstein has reached at least eight settlements with women, according to two company officials speaking on the condition of anonymity. Among the recipients, The Times found, were a young assistant in New York in 1990, an actress in 1997, an assistant in London in 1998, an Italian model in 2015 and Ms. O’Connor shortly after, according to records and those familiar with the agreements.
Mark Gill, former president of Miramax Los Angeles
From the outside, it seemed golden — the Oscars, the success, the remarkable cultural impact. But behind the scenes, it was a mess, and this was the biggest mess of all.
Harvey Weinstein enforced a code of silence among employees of his company
Employees of the Weinstein Company have contracts saying they will not criticize it or its leaders in a way that could harm its “business reputation” or “any employee’s personal reputation,” a recent document shows. And most of the women accepting payouts agreed to confidentiality clauses prohibiting them from speaking about the deals or the events that led to them.
Over the years, around the world
Across the years and continents, accounts of Mr. Weinstein’s conduct share a common narrative: Women reported to a hotel for what they thought were work reasons, only to discover that Mr. Weinstein, who has been married for most of three decades, sometimes seemed to have different interests. His home base was New York, but his rolling headquarters were luxury hotels: the Peninsula Beverly Hills and the Savoy in London, the Hôtel du Cap-Eden-Roc near the Cannes Film Festival in France and the Stein Eriksen Lodge near the Sundance Film Festival.
What was it like working for/with Harvey Weinstein?
Working for Mr. Weinstein could mean getting him out of bed in the morning and doing “turndown duty” late at night, preparing him for sleep. Like the colleague cited in Ms. O’Connor’s memo, some junior employees required to perform those tasks said they were disturbing.
In interviews, eight women described varying behavior by Mr. Weinstein: appearing nearly or fully naked in front of them, requiring them to be present while he bathed or repeatedly asking for a massage or initiating one himself. The women, typically in their early or middle 20s and hoping to get a toehold in the film industry, said he could switch course quickly — meetings and clipboards one moment, intimate comments the next. One woman advised a peer to wear a parka when summoned for duty as a layer of protection against unwelcome advances.
Who were these victims and how they felt?
Most women who told The Times that they experienced misconduct by Mr. Weinstein had never met one another. They range in age from early 20s to late 40s and live in different cities. Some said they did not report the behavior because there were no witnesses and they feared retaliation by Mr. Weinstein. Others said they felt embarrassed. But most confided in co-workers.
Others in the London office said the same. “I was pretty disturbed and angry,” said Sallie Hodges, another former employee, recalling the accounts she heard from colleagues. “That’s kind of the way things were.”
How these women coped when they were asked to meet Harvey Weinstein
The human resources operation was considered weak in New York and worse in London, so some employees banded together in solidarity. “If a female executive was asked to go to a meeting solo, she and a colleague would generally double up” so as not to be alone with Mr. Weinstein, recalled Mr. Gill, the former president of Miramax Los Angeles.
A lot of other women denied they faced the same problem with Harvey Weinstein
Many women who worked with Mr. Weinstein said they never experienced sexual harassment or knew of anyone who did, and recalled him as a boss who gave them valuable opportunities at young ages. Some described long and satisfying careers with him, praising him as a mentor and advocate.
Kathy DeClesis, Bob Weinstein’s assistant
“It wasn’t a secret to the inner circle,” said Kathy DeClesis, Bob Weinstein’s assistant in the early 1990s. She supervised a young woman who left the company abruptly after an encounter with Harvey Weinstein and who later received a settlement, according to several former employees.
Lauren O’Connor on Harvey Weinstein’s volcanic temper
When a female guest of his had to wait for a hotel room upgrade, he yelled that Ms. O’Connor would be better off marrying a “fat, rich Jewish” man because she was probably just good for “being a wife” and “making babies,” she wrote in her memo. (He added some expletives, she said.) His treatment of women was sometimes written off as just another form of toxicity, according to multiple former employees.
Lauren O’Connor’s memo on Harvey Weinstein
“There is a toxic environment for women at this company,” O’Connor wrote in the memo obtained by the Times. She continued, “I am just starting out in my career, and have been and remain fearful about speaking up… But remaining silent is causing me great distress.”
“I am a 28 year old woman trying to make a living and a career. Harvey Weinstein is a 64 year old, world famous man and this is his company. The balance of power is me: 0, Harvey Weinstein: 10,” O’Connor wrote in her memo.
Weinstein reached a settlement with O’Connor, who then withdrew her complaint. “The parties made peace very quickly,” Weinstein’s attorney, Lisa Bloom, told the Times. Weinstein also issued an apology for his behavior. The Times reports that Weinstein made settlements with other women, including Battilana.
Zelda Perkins confronted Harvey Weinstein
In the fall of 1998, a 25-year-old London assistant named confronted Mr. Weinstein. According to former colleagues, she and several co-workers had been regularly subjected to inappropriate requests or comments in hotel rooms, and she was particularly concerned about the treatment of another woman in the office. She told Mr. Weinstein that he had to stop, according to the former colleagues, and that she would go public or initiate legal action unless he changed his behavior.
Reactions from Hollywood Celebrities
Harvey Weinstein’s Statement published on People Magazine’s website
Harvey Weinstein said he is “sorry” for his “bad behavior” but denied Ashley Judd’s accusations of sexual harassment leveled –along with others – against him Thursday.
Saying that he “bear[s] responsibility for my actions,” the powerhouse film executive, 65, gave his first interview following the controversy, telling the New York Post that his wife, Marchesa fashion designer Georgina Chapman is supporting him.
“She stands 100 percent behind me. Georgina and I have talked about this at length,” Weinstein said. “We went out with [attorney] Lisa Bloom last night when we knew the article was coming out. Georgina will be with Lisa and others kicking my ass to be a better human being and to apologize to people for my bad behavior, to say I’m sorry, and to absolutely mean it.”
In a revealing exposé by The New York Times Thursday, eight women, including actress Judd, spoke out against Weinstein, who allegedly reached at least eight settlements with women after claims alleged Weinstein behaved inappropriately during work meetings.
Bloom said in a statement that her client “denies many of the accusations as patently false.”
“I also have the worst temper known to mankind, my system is all wrong, and sometimes I create too much tension. I lose it, and I am emotional, that’s why I’ve got to spend more time with a therapist and go away,” Weinstein told the Post about his leave of absence, which he announced Thursday in a statement to the NYT.
“My temper makes people feel intimidated, but I don’t even know when I’m doing it. In the past I used to compliment people, and some took it as me being sexual, I won’t do that again. I admit to a whole way of behavior that is not good. I can’t talk specifics, but I put myself in positions that were stupid, I want to respect women and do things better,” the Oscar-winning film producer added.
However, Weinstein denied Judd’s allegations.
Though he declined to explain the specifics about what claims were true or false, he did discuss reading Judd’s memoir, All That Is Bitter and Sweet, in which she opened up about being a victim of sexual abuse and depression as a child.
“I never laid a glove on her,” Weinstein said. “I know Ashley Judd is going through a tough time right now, I read her book. Her life story was brutal, and I have to respect her. In a year from now I am going to reach out to her.”
Weinstein did not mention actress Rose McGowan, who was also named in the NYT piece as one of the women he had reached a settlement with.
McGowan reportedly reached a $100,000 settlement with Weinstein after an encounter in a hotel room with the executive producer in 1997 during the Sundance Film Festival.
The $100,000 payout was “not to be construed as an admission” by Weinstein, but intended to “avoid litigation and buy peace,” according to a legal document reportedly reviewed by the NYT.
While he is making some apologies, the Hollywood heavyweight still plans to sue the NYT for $50 million. Along with Bloom, Weinstein is also being represented by lawyer Charles Harder. In May 2016, Harder won a $140 million settlement for Hulk Hogan against Gawker.
Weinstein told the Post he is suing “because of the Times’ inability to be honest with me, and their reckless reporting. They told me lies. They made assumptions.”
Our question is, what the hell is wrong with this man? Why does he want women to watch him take a bath? Does he have mommy issues or something? Sick old pervert!