In a bombshell exposé for the New Yorker, Ronan Farrow details movie mogul Harvey Weinstein’s alleged decades-long history of threatening aspiring actresses and employees if they denied his sexual advances, with several women accusing him of rape.
Italian actress and director Asia Argento alleges that Weinstein forcibly performed oral sex on 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.”
After the incident, Argento told others she had a consensual sexual relationship with Weinstein because she felt “obliged.”
“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.
“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.”
Actress Rosanna Arquette revealed she met Weinstein at a hotel in Beverly Hills to pick up a script. When she arrived, he was in a bathrobe and asked her to give him a massage.
“He made things very difficult for me for years,” she said. “He’s going to be working very hard to track people down and silence people…To hurt people. That’s what he does.”
After initial silence, a handful of A-listers — including Meryl Streep, Judi Dench, Glenn Close, Jennifer Lawrence and Kate Winslet — have condemned Weinstein’s alleged behavior. Many, including Streep, said they were unaware of his supposed proclivities and never personally experienced harassment.
The former Miramax boss’ alleged transgressions came to light last Thursday in another exposé by The New York Times that accused him of a history of sexual harassment spanning nearly three decades that already resulted in at least eight settlements. Among the claims made in the article, Ashley Judd said she was asked to watch him shower in his New York hotel room and one of his assistants claimed she had to massage him after he had undressed.
- Report from The New Yorker
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