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Harvey Weinstein accused of rape, sexual harassment in New Yorker exposé

October 10, 2017 4:47 PM
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Harvey Weinstein accused of rape, sexual harassment in New Yorker exposé

Story by Ronan Farrow published after 10 months of reporting, interviews

A representative for Weinstein vehemently denied the allegations in a statement to the magazine.

The exposé by correspondent Ronan Farrow, published Tuesday after 10 months of work, detailed allegations not just of sexual harassment but of three incidents involving rape.

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.

Attorneys for Weinstein did not immediately return messages Tuesday. The New Yorker quoted Weinstein representative Sallie Hofmeister responding that "any allegations of non-consensual sex are unequivocally denied by Mr. Weinstein."

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The story revealed that 13 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, Patricia Arquette and Mira Sorvino are among those who claim Weinstein sexually harassed them.

Representatives for the actresses did not immediately return messages seeking comment.

The New Yorker article cites a 2015 audio recording made by the New York Police department wherein Weinstein admits to groping a model named Ambra Battilana Guiterrez.

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.

The powerful studio boss was fired by his own company over the weekend and longtime allies and beneficiaries have begun speaking out against him more forcefully, including Meryl Streep, George Clooney, Jennifer Lawrence, Kate Winslet, Kevin Smith and Judi Dench.

Also read: As scope of Weinstein conduct widens, questions of who knew

Source: cbc.ca

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