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Allegations piling up

In new bombshell report, 3 women accuse Harvey Weinstein of rape

By WITW Staff on October 10, 2017

Days after The New York Times published an explosive report detailing how movie mogul Harvey Weinstein quietly reached settlements with eight women over the years who have accused him of sexual harassment, The New Yorker on Tuesday published a report in which 13 women came forward with similar allegations. Three women that Ronan Farrow, the report’s author, spoke with claimed Weinstein had raped them.

Asia Argento, an Italian movie actress and director, told Farrow that Weinstein had raped her about two decades ago, and she never spoke up about it out of fear of retribution. “I know he has crushed a lot of people before,” Argento told Farrow. “That’s why this story — in my case, it’s 20 years old, some of them are older — has never come out.” Argento, who was 21 at the time of the alleged assault, said Weinstein forcibly performed oral sex on her. “When I see him, it makes me feel little and stupid and weak,” she said in the emotional interview with Farrow. “After the rape, he won.”

All told, some 13 women came forward with a range of allegations against Weinstein. One of the most recent accusations, which made headlines in 2015, was made by an Italian model named Ambra Battilana Gutierrez. She accused the movie titan, who was 63 at the time, of groping her during a meeting at a New York City hotel room. The Manhattan District Attorney’s office declined to press charges in the case, but The New Yorker unearthed audio made from a sting operation the NYPD ran during the investigation. In the audio recording, captured in the hallway of the hotel, outside Weinstein’s room, Weinstein can be heard repeatedly badgering Battilana Gutierrez to enter his hotel room. She repeatedly declines his offers, citing his touching her breast the day before as the reason she was uncomfortable being alone with him. Weinstein dismissed the gravity of that unwanted touching, saying it’s just something he’s “used to.”

Meanwhile, the fallout continues for Weinstein and the accusations continue piling up. Deadline reported that The Weinstein Company, which fired him over the weekend, will now pull his name from the credits of TV shows and movies he worked on.

And on Tuesday afternoon, The New York Times published a report in which major movie stars, like Angelina Jolie, Gwyneth Paltrow and Rosanna Arquette, came forward with accusations of sexual harassment against the embattled movie mogul. Paltrow told Times reporters Jodi Kantor and Rachel Abrams that her encounter with Weinstein occurred when she was 22, just before filming was set to begin for Emma, a movie that would propel her to stardom. Similar to many of the other claims that have been leveled, Paltrow said Weinstein invited her to his room at a Beverly Hills hotel and touched her without invitation and then suggested that they give each other massages. She declined the offer. “I was a kid, I was signed up, I was petrified,” she said. But Paltrow said she told Brad Pitt, whom she was dating at the time, about the unwanted advances. Pitt, she said, then confronted Weinstein about the encounter, and told him not to touch her again. Weinstein, Paltrow said, responded by issuing a harshly-worded threat to her, ordering her not to tell anyone else about the meeting. “I thought he was going to fire me,” Paltrow recalled.

Listen to the audio Weinstein harassing Battilana Gutierrez below.

Read the full story at The New Yorker and The New York Times.


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