THE New Yorker has reported that Harvey Weinstein has previously raped three women, significantly intensifying the scandal surrounding the disgraced movie mogul.
A representative for the mogul vehemently denied the allegations in a statement to the magazine.
The expose, published overnight, detailed allegations not just of sexual harassment but of three incidents involving rape.
It comes as actresses Gwyneth Paltrow and Angelina Jolie also claimed to have been victims of Weinstein.
Paltrow, then 22, had just been cast as the lead in Jane Austen’s Emma, produced by Weinstein, when he invited her to his hotel room for a meeting, The New York Times reports.
It ended up with Weinstein proposing massages.
“I was a kid, I was signed up, I was petrified,” Paltrow said, according to The New York Times.
Paltrow told her then-boyfriend Brad Pitt about the incident and he confronted Weinstein.
The producer threatened her not to tell anyone else about his come-on.
“I thought he was going to fire me,” Paltrow said.
Pitt’s former wife Angelina Jolie said Weinstein also made unwanted sexual advances towards her in his hotel room during the release of Playing by Heart in the late 1990s.
“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,” Jolie said in an email. “This behaviour towards women in any field, any country is unacceptable.”
Actress Asia Argento and a former aspiring actress named Lucia Evans went on the record to allege Weinstein forced himself on them sexually.
A third woman spoke anonymously.
The New Yorker quoted Weinstein representative Sallie Hofmeister responding that “any allegations of non-consensual sex are unequivocally denied by Mr. Weinstein.”
Argento is the girlfriend of celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain, who tweeted his admiration for her.
“@AsiaArgento I am proud and honoured to know you. You just did the hardest thing in the world,” he wrote.
The New Yorker story, written by journalist Ronan Farrow, the son of Mia Farrow and Woody Allen, revealed that thirteen women have said Weinstein sexually harassed or assaulted them between 1990 and 2015.
The incidents described range from unwanted groping to forced sex.
Some of those incidents overlap with the eight allegations of sexual harassment previously reported by The New York Times, all of which resulted in financial settlements.
But they also go much further.
In the article, Rosanna Arquette and Mira Sorvino are among those who claim Weinstein sexually harassed them.
“He started massaging my shoulders, which made me very uncomfortable, and then tried to get more physical, sort of chasing me around,” Sorvino said.
The actress said she left after telling the powerful producer she doesn’t date married men.
But a few weeks later, Weinstein called her up after midnight and said he wanted to discuss his marketing ideas for a film.
She suggested they talk at a diner, but Weinstein said he was coming over to her apartment, then hung up, Sorvino said.
“I freaked out,” she said.
Weinstein came over, but left when Sorvino told him her new boyfriend was on his way to her apartment, she said.
Arquette says that she was also summonsed to Weinstein’s hotel room where he asked her for a massage, and eventually pulled her hand towards his erect penis.
“I will never do that,” Arquette said that she told Weinstein.
Weinstein soon exacted his revenge she claims, saying: “He made things very difficult for me for years.”
Rosanna’s Oscar-winning sister, Patricia Arquette, was one of the first in Hollywood to come out and support those who alleged sexual harassment claims against Weinstein.
Representatives for the actresses did not immediately return messages seeking comment.
The New Yorker also reported that 16 former and current executives and assistants at The Weinstein Co. and Miramax either witnessed or knew of Weinstein’s unwanted sexual advances. “All sixteen said the behaviour was widely known within both Miramax and the Weinstein Company.” Representatives for The Weinstein Co. didn’t immediately respond to messages.
WEINSTEIN FEELS ‘BETRAYED’ BY BROTHER
Weinstein reportedly told friends he “feels betrayed” by his brother after he voted to sack him, as fashioner designer Donna Karan apologised for blaming the disgraced US producer’s alleged victims.
One of the media mogul’s longtime friends told CNN he felt like his firing from The Weinstein Company was proof that his younger sibling, Bob Weinstein, had finally turned his back on him following years of turmoil and bad blood, The New York Post reports.
“Harvey is convinced that this was a take-down,” the friend said. “He feels betrayed by his brother.”
Two other sources with knowledge of the matter confirmed to CNN that Weinstein felt like he was abandoned by Bob in the wake of the explosive New York Times expose alleging his sexual misconduct.
The 65-year-old was fired from The Weinstein Company — which he co-founded with his brother in 2005 — due to the accusations against him, according to the board of directors.
Bob was said to have been one of the board members who voted to terminate him.
An insider told The New York Post over the weekend that the relationship between the Weinsteins, which was already tumultuous, deteriorated even further last year following the death of their 90-year-old mother, Miriam.
“Bob’s wanted Harvey out for years,” explained a former Weinstein Company staffer. “Bob may have even fed this story [to the Times].”
One of Weinstein’s pals told CNN that the filmmaker felt “humiliated” by the Times article and allegations against him. He ultimately believes that Bob may have played a role in its publication due to the attribution in the story.
Sources said some people at The Weinstein Company “are bracing, knowing (Harvey) is not likely to stay quiet for long.”
When describing how Weinstein allegedly paid at least eight settlements to women over the years, the newspaper cites “two company officials” as the sources of their information.
A spokesman for Bob declined to comment when reached by CNN. A spokesman for his brother reportedly did not respond to requests for comment.
DONNA KARAN SORRY FOR VICTIM BLAMING
Meanwhile, US fashion designer Donna Karan has apologised after defending Weinstein and blaming his alleged victims.
The Daily Mail reported Karan told reporters on a red carpet in Los Angeles on Sunday night that Weinstein “has done some amazing things” and he and his wife, British designer Georgina Chapman, are “wonderful people.”
Karan, 69, added that some women are asking for “trouble” by the way they dress and “presenting themselves the way they do.”
Amid backlash, Karan on Monday said her remarks were taken out of context and don’t represent her feelings.
She also said she believes “sexual harassment is NOT acceptable and this is an issue that MUST be addressed once and for all regardless of the individual.”
Karan said she is “truly sorry to anyone that I offended and everyone that has ever been a victim.”
— With The New York Post.