Also on Tuesday, The Times followed its original report with a story about more accusers, including Gwyneth Paltrow and Angelina Jolie. The incident prompted her then-boyfriend Brad Pitt to angrily confront Weinstein at a film premiere. Weinstein was sacked Sunday from the Weinstein Co. They not only describe a mounting number of alleged incidents, but thoroughly document the systematic harassment, abuse and intimidation of women – nearly always young actresses trying to succeed in movies. Asia Argento, Lucia Evans, and one anonymous woman gave on-the-record accounts of Weinstein forcing them to engage in oral and vaginal sex with him. A third woman spoke anonymously.
“I know he has crushed a lot of people before”, Argento said in the story. “Mr. Weinstein has further confirmed that there were never any acts of retaliation against any women for refusing his advances”, reads the statement. The explosive report by The New York Times last week and subsequent stories have forced congressional Democrats to give thousands of dollars in donations they received from Weinstein to charities. “Four actresses, including Mira Sorvino and Rosanna Arquette, told me they suspected that, after they rejected Weinstein’s advances or complained about them to company representatives, Weinstein had them removed from projects or dissuaded people from hiring them”. “[He] started massaging my shoulders, which made me very uncomfortable, and then tried to get more physical, sort of chasing me around”, she said. “When I see him, it makes me feel little and stupid and weak”. “This behavior towards women in any field, any country is unacceptable”.
University officials had said last week they plan to keep Weinstein’s donation. “He called me the next day with an apology but never really explained why he did what he did”. “Now leave me in peace”. “In some ways, I’m still pinned under a passed-out Harvey Weinstein, and it’s Thanksgiving”. Disney, which owns Miramax, also didn’t respond Tuesday.
“If we could have prosecuted Harvey Weinstein for the conduct that occurred in 2015, we would have”, Karen Friedman-Agnifilo, chief assistant district attorney, said Tuesday. “It wouldn’t stop. It was a nightmare”, she told The New Yorker.
This afternoon, White House counselor Kellyanne Conway made a decision to ding the former Secretary of State for waiting so long to issue a statement condemning the longtime Democratic donor by comparing it to the length of time it took for Clinton to slam the NRA in response to the Las Vegas shooting.
“The behavior described by women coming forward can not be tolerated”, Clinton said Tuesday in a statement. “Nice thoughts, Ben”, another wrote.
The former vice president has made headlines on college campuses around the country with his fiery message urging men and women to step up and take responsibility for the culture surrounding rape and sexual assault.
Matt Damon, who collaborated frequently with Weinstein, and won a co-writing Oscar for “Good Will Hunting” with Affleck, said he didn’t know about Weinstein’s behavior.
“Even before I was famous, I didn’t abide this kind of behavior”, he told Deadline.