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A growing number of actors and others in the film industry have made accusations against the Hollywood film producer
Daryl Hannah, Annabella Sciorra and Salma Hayek (l.t.r.) are among actors accusing Harvey Weinstein. Composite: Rex
More than 50 women have made allegations against Harvey Weinstein and the number continues to grow each day. Among the Hollywood mogul’s accusers are household names who were still looking to establish themselves when the alleged offences took place. Below are some of the allegations made public so far.
The Italian actor Asia Argento alleges that Weinstein raped her when she was 21. She told the New Yorker she had been invited to what she thought was a party in his Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc room near Cannes, but found herself alone with him. He changed into a bathrobe and asked her to give him a massage. She said she had reluctantly agreed, but that he pulled her skirt up and forcibly performed oral sex on her. She said she felt guilty about what she described as a “horrible trauma” and for not fighting him off. She later went on to have consensual sexual relations with him, which she described to the magazine as one-sided and onanistic, because she believed he would ruin her career if she didn’t comply. “After the rape, he won,” she said.
The British actor Lysette Anthony says she was raped by Weinstein in her London home in the late 1980s. Anthony, who currently appears in the Channel 4 soap Hollyoaks, has given an interview to the Sunday Times describing an attack that left her feeling “disgusted and embarrassed”. She first met the producer in 1982 after being cast in the film Krull. It was a number of years later, Anthony alleges, that Weinstein rang her doorbell. “He pushed me inside and rammed me up against the coat rack in my tiny hall and started fumbling at my gown. He was trying to kiss me and shove inside me. It was disgusting.” Unable to push him away, she continues. “Finally I gave up. At least I was able to stop him kissing me.” Anthony has reported the rape allegation to the police who are investigating.
Lucia Evans, then Stoller, was an aspiring actor when Weinstein approached her at the Cipriani Upstairs club in New York in 2004, she told the New Yorker. He arranged a meeting at the Miramax office, where she found herself alone with him. “He forced me to perform oral sex on him,” she said. “He’s a big guy, he overpowered me.” She told the magazine she blamed herself for not fighting harder and that she was still haunted by it.
Gwyneth Paltrow was 22 and had been hired for the lead in the Jane Austen adaptation Emma. She told the New York Times she had been summoned to Weinstein’s hotel suite, where he suggested she give him a massage. She said she refused and felt petrified. She confided in her then boyfriend Brad Pitt, who confronted Weinstein. Soon after, the producer warned her not to tell anyone else. “I was expected to keep the secret,” she told the newspaper. “I thought he was going to fire me.”
During the release of Playing by Heart in the late 1990s, Angelina Jolie found herself in a hotel room with Weinstein, she told the NYT. He made unwanted advances which she rejected. “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,” she told the paper.
Another anonymous actor claimed Weinstein had raped her. He changed into a bathrobe and “forced himself on me sexually”, the New Yorker reported. She felt “horror, disbelief and shame” and considered going to the police, but then thought about how much she could lose and decided “just to move forward”. She continued to have a professional relationship with him after the alleged rape.
Mira Sorvino, who starred in several of Weinstein’s films, found herself in his hotel room at the Toronto international film festival in 1995. “He started massaging my shoulders, which made me very uncomfortable, and then tried to get more physical, sort of chasing me around,” the Mighty Aphrodite star told the New Yorker. She said she had managed to leave.
Rosanna Arquette, who starred in Pulp Fiction, told the New Yorker she had been supposed to meet Weinstein for dinner at a Beverly Hills hotel to pick up a script, but on arrival was told to go to his suite. He answered the door wearing a white bathrobe and saying he needed a massage. She said he grabbed her hand and pulled it towards his penis which was “visible and erect … My heart was really racing. I was in a fight-or-flight mode”. She said she told him: “I will never do that”, and that he responded by telling her she was making a huge mistake. She claims her career later suffered.
Ambra Battilana Gutierrez, a Filipina-Italian model, was 22 when she was invited to Weinstein’s office in the Tribeca neighbourhood of New York. He lunged at her, groping her breasts and attempting to put a hand up her skirt while she protested. She went straight to the police. The New Yorker published an audio tape recorded when she was equipped with a NYPD wire tap. In the recording, Weinstein begs her to join him in his hotel room. She refuses and asks him why he had groped her breast the day before. “Oh, please, I’m sorry, just come on in. I’m used to that. Come on. Please,” he says. “You are used to that?” Gutierrez asks. “Yes,” Weinstein replies, later adding: “I won’t do it again”. He also says: “Don’t ruin your friendship with me for five minutes.”
Zoe Brock, a model and writer from New Zealand, then 23, accepted an invitation to Weinstein’s hotel suite at Cannes believing others would be present. When others left she found herself “alone in a remote hotel suite with Harvey fucking Weinstein,” she blogged. She alleges he took his clothes off and asked for a massage, forcing her to run to the bathroom to escape. “Harvey chased me, dick, balls and all, and banged on the door with his fists, pleading with me to come out”. She agreed to come out once he was fully dressed and then left.
Katherine Kendall, who appeared in the film Swingers, told the NYT she was 23 when Weinstein invited her to a screening which turned out to be a solo trip with him to a cinema. Afterwards, he asked if they go to his apartment to pick something up, where he went to the bathroom, came back in a robe and asked her to massage him. She said he told her “everybody does it”, but she refused. He left the room and returned nude. “He literally chased me. He wouldn’t let me pass him to get to the door,” she told the paper. Then he implored her to at least show him her breasts, but she refused.
Tomi-Ann Roberts was a 20-year-old college junior working as a waitress when Weinstein set up an audition at his hotel. When she arrived, he was nude in the bath, she alleged in the NYT. He told her she would have a much better audition if she was comfortable “getting naked in front of him” as she might have to play a topless scene. She left, apologising, telling him she was too prudish to go along with it.
Ashley Judd, a US actor who has starred in a string of box-office hits, was 20 when Weinstein invited her to the Peninsula Beverly Hills hotel for what she thought was a 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 if she could watch him shower, she told the NYT. She said her thoughts were: “How do I get out of this room as fast as possible without alienating Harvey Weinstein.”
Emma de Caunes, a French actor, met Weinstein at a Cannes party in 2010. She told The New Yorker he had invited her to a lunch meeting at the Ritz in Paris. In the hotel room he disappeared into the bathroom, leaving the door open. “I was like, what the fuck, is he taking a shower?” she said. He came out naked with an erection and demanded she lie on the bed, she said. He told her that many other women had done so before her, but she left and slammed the door.
Romola Garai, a British actor who starred in Atonement and the BBC series The Hour, was 18 when Weinstein auditioned her wearing only a bathrobe at the Savoy hotel, leaving her feeling “violated”. She told the Guardian she “just tried to make out it was normal because as far as I was concerned it was a job interview. I knew something had happened to me that I didn’t like and that I felt belittled by it. But I didn’t feel like I had the right to complain”.
Dawn Dunning was 24, attending design school and waitressing in New York when she met Weinstein. The aspiring actor was invited to a meal with him at a Manhattan hotel, but on arrival was told to go to his suite because he was running late at a meeting. She told the NYT she found him alone in a bathrobe behind a coffee table covered in papers he said were contracts for his next three films. She alleged he told her she could only sign them on the condition she had three-way sex with him. She laughed and he grew angry, she said, telling her: “You’ll never make it in this business. This is how the business works.” She fled, left acting and became a costume designer.
The actor Rose McGowan reportedly reached a settlement with Weinstein following a hotel room encounter during the Sundance film festival. She had recently had a memorable role in the slasher movie Scream which came out in 1996.
Lauren Sivan, a former Fox News host, has alleged Weinstein trapped her in a closed restaurant and masturbated in front of her in 2007 after attempting to kiss her.
Liza Campbell, a writer and artist, told the Sunday Times Weinstein had summoned her to his hotel room in London before telling her to get in the bath with him, which she refused to do.
The French actor Léa Seydoux, who was awarded the Palme d’Or at the Cannes film festival for Blue is the Warmest Colour, told the Guardian that Weinstein lunged at her and tried to kiss her on the lips in 2012 after a Paris fashion show they were both attending. “I had to defend myself. He’s big and fat, so I had to be forceful to resist him,” she said.
The British actor Claire Forlani posted an account of her experience on Twitter, recalling two meetings at a hotel where “I ducked, dived and ultimately got out of there without getting slobbered over, well just a bit. Yes, massage was suggested.” Weinstein also spoke about all the actresses he had slept with and what he had done for them, Forlani said.
The Canadian actor Erika Rosenbaum alleged that Weinstein masturbated behind her while holding her neck. In an interview with CBC she said the producer made aggressive sexual advances during three separate meetings around 15 years ago. The masturbation incident took place in a hotel room during the Toronto film festival, she said. “He grabs me by – he holds me by the back of the neck and faces me to the mirror and very quietly tells me that he just wants to look at me and he starts to masturbate standing behind me.” She continued: “He really took something from me.”
The screenwriter and actor Louisette Geiss told a press conference that Weinstein masturbated in front of her while she was making a pitch. She was in his office, adjacent to his hotel room, during the Sundance film festival in 2008. Weinstein excused himself to go the bathroom. He returned in an open robe before getting in the bath. “When I finished my pitch I was obviously nervous, and he just kept asking me to watch him masturbate. I told him I was leaving. He quickly got out of the tub and grabbed my forearm as I was trying to grab my purse and led me to his bathroom, pleading that I just watch him masturbate. My heart was racing and I was very scared.”
The British actor Cara Delevingne alleged she was sexually harassed by Weinstein early in her career, detailing how he encouraged her to kiss another woman in his hotel room. After she refused and tried to leave, Delevingne said: “He stood in front of [the door] and tried to kiss me on the lips. I stopped him and managed to get out of the room.”
Sophie Dix, an English actor who was on the brink of a career in the British film industry in the 1990s, told the Guardian her trajectory was “massively cut down” after an alleged attack by Weinstein in a London hotel. Dix, who was 22 at the time, described the alleged assault as “the single most damaging thing that’s happened in my life”.
Eva Green, who starred in the James Bond film Casino Royale, has said she felt “shocked and disgusted” by a meeting with Weinstein, where she “had to push him off”. The French actor responded to comments made by her mother about the Hollywood mogul. She told the Telegraph: “I met him for a business meeting in Paris at which he behaved inappropriately and I had to push him off. I got away without it going further, but the experience left me shocked and disgusted.”
British singer and model Myleene Klass told the Sun that when she was 32 the Hollywood producer offered her a “sex contract” at a film festival lunch at Cannes in 2010 while working for CNN.
The American actor Heather Graham wrote in Variety that Weinstein implied she had to have sex with him in order to get a movie role. She said he had offered her the chance of choosing a script. “Later in the conversation, he mentioned that he had an agreement with his wife. He could sleep with whomever he wanted when he was out of town. I walked out of the meeting feeling uneasy.” She was never hired for one of Weinstein’s films.
Lupita Nyong’o, the Oscar-winning star of 12 Years A Slave, published a personal essay about her alleged harassment in the New York Times. She detailed several encounters with Weinstein in which the producer allegedly offered to help her career in exchange for sex. Nyong’o said she first encountered Weinstein while she was a student attending the Berlin film festival. Shortly afterwards, she was invited to a screening at his home in Westport, Connecticut, where Weinstein asked if he could give her a massage.
When she tried to sidestep the request by offering to give him one instead, Nyong’o said Weinstein told her “he wanted to take off his pants. I told him not to do that and informed him that it would make me extremely uncomfortable. He got up anyway to do so and I headed for the door, saying that I was not at all comfortable with that.” At a later dinner in New York, Nyong’o said Weinstein propositioned her again and continued to pursue her afterwards.
The Game of Thrones star Lena Headey said Weinstein spoke to her inappropriately at the Venice film festival and reacted angrily when she resisted his advances in a Los Angeles hotel. In a series of posts on Twitter, Headey said she “felt completely powerless” and Weinstein walked her to the hotel exit “by grabbing and holding tightly to the back of my arm”.
The US actor Angie Everhart alleged that Weinstein masturbated in front of her on a boat during the Venice film festival. “I had just arrived and I was sleeping, I was in my bed,” she said. “I wake up and Harvey is standing above my bed … all of the sudden he takes his pants down and starts doing his stuff.”
An Italian actor and model, whose name has not been released, told the Los Angeles Police Department she was raped by Weinstein in a hotel near Beverly Hills in 2013. “The LAPD robbery and homicide division has interviewed a potential sexual assault victim involving Harvey Weinstein, which allegedly occurred in 2013,” an LAPD spokesman said. Dave Ring, the woman’s lawyer, said his client thanked the “courageous women” who had previously spoken out.
The Vietnamese actor Vu Thu Phuong said in a Facebook post that she agreed to meet Weinstein at a hotel room in 2008 to discuss a role. When she arrived, she said, he greeted her in a towel and offered to show her how to perform sex scenes.
Jessica Barth, the actor known for her roles in the film Ted, told The New Yorker that in 2011 Weinstein asked her to give him a massage while he was naked, an incident that reportedly inspired Seth MacFarlane to make a joke about it at the 2013 Oscars after Barth told him about it.
The former actor Heather Kerr alleged in a press conference that Weinstein exposed himself to her and forced her to touch him during a private meeting in 1989. She said he wanted to have sex with her and offered to take her to parties where he would tell her who she needed to sleep with. “I was frozen with fear, trying to remain calm, trying not to freak out because, after all, there was nobody else in the office,” Kerr said. She left and stopped acting soon afterwards: “He told me that this was how things worked in Hollywood.”
Weinstein allegedly invited a 17-year-old Kate Beckinsale to his hotel room, where he greeted her wearing only a robe, she told the Hollywood Reporter. “A few years later, he asked me if he had tried anything with me in that first meeting. I realised he couldn’t remember if he had assaulted me or not.”
Alice Evans, a British actor, said in a Telegraph article that Weinstein invited her to join him in a bathroom at the Cannes film festival. “Just go. I’m right behind you. I want to touch your tits. Kiss you a little,” he allegedly said.
Another British actor and model, Amber Anderson, said she was 20 years old when Weinstein coerced her into a private meeting in 2013, where he propositioned her with a “personal” relationship. “He told me not to tell anyone I was alone with him, told me if I did it might affect my opportunities,” she wrote on Instagram. “He tried to take my hand and put it in his lap, which is when I managed to leave the room.”
Judith Godrèche, the French actor and writer, told the New York Times that Weinstein invited her to his hotel suite in 1996 at the Cannes film festival to discuss business, but then asked her for a massage, which he said was an American custom. “The next thing I know, he’s pressing against me and pulling off my sweater.” Godrèche said she pulled away and left the suite.
Daryl Hannah claimed she repeatedly turned down Weinstein’s advances during promotional work for Kill Bill and its sequel. He tried to get into her hotel room several times, the Splash actor said, and once got a key and “burst in like a raging bull”. She alleged he asked to grope her breasts and then asked her to expose herself to him, she told The New Yorker.
Sopranos star Annabella Sciorra has accused Weinstein of rape and sexual harassment in 1992. She told the New Yorker’s Ronan Farrow the assault happened after she had filmed The Night We Never Met, which Weinstein produced. Having dropped her off after a group dinner, she alleged, he forced himself into her New York apartment. “I struggled but I had very little strength left in me.” she said. “And I fought. I fought. But still I was like, why did I open that door? … I felt disgusting.”
The Norwegian actor and model Natassia Malthe accused Weinstein of raping her in a London hotel room after the Bafta awards ceremony in 2008. She told a press conference in New York he went to her room and when she opened the door he barged in and forced himself on her. “It was not consensual. He did not use a condom.” She was “completely grossed out” and lay still “like a dead person”, she claimed.
Mimi Haleyi, a former production assistant for a TV show made by the Weinstein Company, accused the producer of rape by forcibly performing oral sex on her without her consent in 2006. She told a New York press conference she had met him several times to try to maintain a good business relationship, but when she visited him at his house, he forced himself on her. “I told him no, no, no, but he insisted,” she claimed, saying Weinstein pinned her to a bed and removed a tampon. “I was mortified. I was in disbelief and disgusted.”
The actor and model Dominique Huett filed a £3.8m civil suit with Los Angeles superior court alleging the Weinstein Company “aided and abetted” Weinstein in “repeated acts of sexual misconduct”. According to documents uploaded by Variety, the lawsuit alleges Weinstein asked Huett to his Beverly Hills hotel room in 2010 under the pretence of discussing her career. Once there he asked if she would give him a massage, before suggesting he perform oral sex on her. Huett said she refused, but claims Weinstein “would not take no for an answer”. After performing oral sex on Huett, Weinstein masturbated in front of her, the suit claims.
Brit Marling, the actor and co-creator of the Netflix drama OA, has accused Weinstein of luring her to his hotel room and suggesting they take a shower together. In an essay for the Atlantic she said she managed to get out of the room after realising “it was clear that there was only one direction he wanted this encounter to go in, and that was sex or some version of an erotic exchange”.
Salma Hayek wrote in the New York Times that she repeatedly refused Weinstein’s alleged sexual advances, and that he once told her: “I will kill you, don’t think I can’t.”
Angelina Jolie alleged she was propositioned by Weinstein in a hotel room during the release of Playing by Heart in 1998. In an email to the New York Times, she said: “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.”
Florence Darel, a French actor, claimed Weinstein promised to help make her big in the US if she became his “part-time mistress” . Darel claimed: “He talked to me about a film he wanted to make about world war one and he began to tell me that he found me very attractive and wanted to have an affair with me,” she told French media. When she told him she had a partner whom she loved, she claims Weinstein told her he only wanted her to be his mistress for a few days a year. “Basically he said that if I wanted to make it in America, it would be through him,” she alleged. “I told him I had to go, and left.”
Canadian actor Lauren Holly claimed in an interview with Canadian TV that the producer had showered and used the toilet in front of her after inviting her to his hotel room in the late 1990s. She alleged he then approached her naked and requested a massage, at which point she “pushed him and ran”.
Zelda Perkins, the British former assistant of Harvey Weinstein, claimed she was paid £125,000 to keep quiet after accusing him of sexual harassment. She told the Financial Times she signed a non-disclosure agreement in 1998 after making the accusation. She claimed he asked her to give him massages and that he tried to pull her into bed.
Weinstein has denied many of these allegations. His spokeswoman has said: “Any allegations of non-consensual sex are unequivocally denied by Mr Weinstein. Mr Weinstein has further confirmed that there were never any acts of retaliation against any women for refusing his advances.” Though he was unable to respond to anonymous allegations, of those made on the record “Mr Weinstein believes that all of these relationships were consensual”, the statement said.
Weinstein has been charged with rape, a criminal sex act, sex abuse and sexual misconduct for alleged incidents involving two separate women, after he surrendered to authorities in New York on Friday 25 May.