Harvey Weinstein Now Accused of Raping 3 Women, Harassing Gwyneth Paltrow, Angelina Jolie
Lurid allegations against Harvey Weinstein spread like wildfire on Tuesday as A-list actresses Angelina Jolie and Gwyneth Paltrow accused the studio head of harassment, and the New Yorker published an exposé with claims he raped three women and forced himself on four more.
Paltrow told the New York Times Weinstein invited her to his suite at the Peninsula Beverly Hills hotel after casting her in the lead role for "Emma" and suggested they go to the bedroom for massages.
"I was a kid, I was signed up, I was petrified," Paltrow told the Times. Then 22, she confided in her boyfriend Brad Pitt what had happened, and Pitt later confronted Weinstein.
According to Paltrow, Weinstein threatened her to keep her quiet.
"I thought he was going to fire me," she said of the producer who helped jump-start her career.
Jolie also told the paper she "had a bad experience with Harvey Weinstein in my youth."
"As a result, [I] chose never to work with him again and warn others when they did... This behavior towards women in any field, any country is unacceptable."
Several other women shared similar expieriences in a shocking exposé by Ronan Farrow for the New Yorker. Farrow detailed Weinstein's alleged decades-long history of threatening aspiring actresses and employees if they refused his sexual advances.
Three of the women who spoke with Farrow said Weinstein raped them, one of which later refused to speak on the record. Four more women said they experienced unwanted touching and four others said Weinstein masturbated in front of them or exposed himself.
Current and former Weinstein Company employees admitted to the New Yorker many at the company knew of Weinstein's behavior towards women and said some employees acted as "honeypot[s]" to attract women to meetings with Weinstein only to leave the women alone with the producer.
One of the more serious allegations comes from Italian actress and director Asia Argento who alleged that Weinstein forcibly performed oral sex on her.
She said she did not come forward earlier out of fear Weinstein would "crush" her.
"I know he has crushed a lot of people before," Argento told the New Yorker. "That’s why this story—in my case, it’s twenty years old, some of them are older—has never come out."
Argento said she later had a consensual sexual relationship with Weinstein because she felt "obliged."
"He forced me to perform oral sex on him...I said, over and over, ‘I don’t want to do this, stop, don’t.'"- Lucia Evans, actress
"I felt I had to," she said. "Because I had the movie coming out and I didn’t want to anger him."
Another woman, Lucia Evans, alleged Weinstein forced her to perform oral sex on him in 2004. Evans was an aspiring actress at the time and had heard rumors about Weinstein's behavior but agreed to meet him at Miramax's New York office after she was told a female casting agent would be present.
However, she said she was left alone with Weinstein despite the building "being full of people."
"He forced me to perform oral sex on him...I said, over and over, ‘I don’t want to do this, stop, don’t.'"
She added, “He’s a big guy. He overpowered me.”