It was the industry’s best-kept secret. But when decades of suppressed sexual assault and harassment allegations towards Harvey Weinstein were revealed last week, his demise sparked a catalyst for Hollywood’s elite to end the silence.
The New York Times expose not only shed light on one of Hollywood’s biggest abuses of power, but also lifted the heavy cast of the Weinstein ‘silence’ shadow, allowing celebrities including Cara Delevigne, Angelina Jolie, Gwyneth Paltrow and Lena Hedey to recounter their experiences of abuse, as well as thousands of others to join, sharing their own sexual harassment and abuse stories via the hashtag #MeToo.
Here is the full list of accusers and their allegations made towards Harvey Weinstein.
In the late 1990s Jolie rejected unwanted advances made towards her by Weinstein in a hotel room.
“I had a bad experience with Harvey Weinstein in my youth, and as a result, chose never to work with him again and warned others when they did. This behaviour towards women in any field, in any country is unacceptable,” Jolie told The Times.
At 22 Gwyneth Paltrow was hired by Harvey Weinstein to play the lead role in the adaption of Jane Austen’s Emma. Before the film began shooting, Weinstein summoned Paltrow into his suite at the Peninsula Beverly Hills Hotel where their meeting ended with Mr Weinstein placing his hands on her and suggesting that they go into the bedroom for massages.
Paltrow refused his advances and confided in her boyfriend at the time, Brad Pitt. Weinstein was confronted by Pitt, but Weinstein still proceeded to warn Paltrow not to tell anyone about his advances towards her.
“I was a kid, I was signed up, I was petrified. I thought he was going to fire me,” Paltrow told The Times.
Delevigne’s allegations toward Weinstein were broadcast in an Instagram post last week, where she described the uncomfortable comments and advances Weinstein made towards her at the beginning of her career.
She wrote that “when I first started to work as an actress, I received a call from Harvey Weinstein asking if I had slept with any of the women I was seen out with in the media.”
Delevingne went on to say “(Weinstein) said to me that if I was gay or decided to be with a woman especially in public that I’d never get the role of a straight woman or make it as an actress in Hollywood.”
She alleged a few years later, she met with Weinstein in a hotel lobby to discuss an upcoming film. She said that he was bragging about all the women he had slept with and commented on how uncomfortable she felt. When she asked Weinstein’s assistant if her car was outside the assistant said it wasn’t and that Delevigne should go up to Weinstein’s room.
“When I arrived I was relieved to find another woman in his room and thought immediately I was safe. He asked us to kiss and she began some sort of advances upon his direction. I swiftly got up and asked him if he knew that I could sing. I thought it would make the situation better. He walked me to the door and stood in front of it and tried to kiss me on the lips. I stopped him and managed to get out of the room.”
“I felt guilty as if I’d done something wrong. I was also terrified that this sort of thing had happened to so many women I know but no one had said anything because of fear” Delevigne wrote.
During filming of Kiss The Girls in 1997, Judd was invited to the Peninsula Hotel by Weinstein, where she was summoned to his room, only to discover the producer emerging from the bathroom in a robe, asking her if she could give him a massage or watch him shower.
“How do I get out of the room as fast as possible without alienating Harvey Weinstein? I said no, a lot of ways, a lot of times, and he always came back at me with some new ask. It was all this bargaining, this coercive bargaining,” Judd told The Times.
In the end, in order to get out of the room, Judd joked that she would have to win an Oscar for a Weinstein movie before she would let him touch her.
In an Instagram post, Beckinsale wrote that “I was called to meet Harvey Weinstein at the Savoy Hotel when I was 17. When I arrived, reception told me to go to his room. He opened the door in his bathrobe.”
She reported that “after declining alcohol and announcing that I had school in the morning I left, uneasy but unscathed. A few years later he asked me if he had tried anything with me in that first meeting. I realized he couldn’t remember if he had assaulted me or not.”
Beckinsale wrote that “(she) would like to applaud the women who have come forward. For every moment like this there have been thousands, where a vulnerable person has confided about outrageous, unprofessional behavior and found they have no recourse, due to an atmosphere of fear.”
Following a series of tweets last week McGowan stated on Twitter that “HW raped me.”
According to The New York Times, McGowan had previously reached a settlement of $100,000 in 1997, following an incident in a hotel room during the Sundance Film Festival involving Weinstein.
Green said she was in Paris and met with Weinstein for a business meeting where, “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.”
“Women are often condemned when they speak out and their personal reputations are tarnished by association. We should recognise that this sort of behaviour exists everywhere and is not unique to the entertainment industry. The exploitation of power is ubiquitous. This behaviour is unacceptable and needs to be eliminated,” Green told Variety.
In 1995 Arquette, met Weinstein in his hotel room, where he asked her for a massage, he then grabbed her hands and pulled it first towards his neck and then his erect penis.
“My heart was really racing. I was in a fight-or-flight moment,” adding that before leaving she told Weinstein, that “I will never do that… I’ll never be that girl,” she told the New Yorker.
During the Cannes Film Festival in 1996, Godrèche was invited to Weinstein’s hotel room where he asked her for a massage.
“The next thing I know, he’s pressing against me and pulling off my sweater. I tried to negotiate the situation over the years, and negotiate with myself and pretend it kind of never happened,” Godrèche told The New York Times.
Argento reported that she was staying at Hôtel du Cap-Eden-Roc on the French Riviera where she was invited to a party where only Weinstein was present. He changed into a bathrobe, and forcibly performed oral sex on her as she repeatedly told him to stop.
“He terrified me, and he was so big. It wouldn’t stop. It was a nightmare.”
“After the rape, he won,” Argento told The New Yorker.
The actress told the New Yorker that during the 2011 Golden Globes, Weinstein invited Barth to a business meeting. Barth said that Weinstein offered to cast her in a film and demanded a naked bath, which she refused. Upon leaving Weinstein lashed out and said she needed to lose weight to compete with Mila Kunis.
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Caunes has said Weinstein told her that he had a movie role in mind for her, inviting her to his hotel room to discuss it. In the hotel room, Weinstein disappeared into the bathroom and emerged naked, with an erection, at which point she fled.
“I was petrified. But I didn’t want to show him that I was petrified, because I could feel that the more I was freaking out, the more he was excited.” Caunes told the New Yorker.
Kelly shared her story in an Instagram post, where she described Weinstein’s request for a general meeting in his hotel room. Kelly said that she asked to meet at the hotel restaurant instead, with an assistant present. Reportedly, after five minutes, Weinstein asked the assistant to leave and the mood suddenly changed tone.
“All I knew was not to offend this very powerful man and to get out of the situation as quickly as possible.” Weinstein responded to her wary reaction allegedly saying, “fine. I trust you won’t tell anyone about this.”
During a news conference, Geiss said that at the Sundance Film Festival in 2008, the actress met with Weinstein at a restaurant to discuss her pitch for a screen play.
Geiss alleges that he invited her to his office, and thirty minutes into their meeting he emerged from the bathroom wearing only a bathrobe. Geiss said that he instructed her to keep talking as he got into the hot tub, later asking her to watch him masturbate.
“I do not think that Harvey Weinstein understands or comprehends how much pain and suffering this brings to me and scores of other women,” Geiss said during the news conference.
At only 18, the British actress met with Weinstein at the Savoy Hotel in London for an approval of her audition she had done prior to their meeting.
“He answered the door in his bathrobe. I was only 18. I felt violated by it, it has stayed very clearly in my memory.”
Garai told The Guardian that “the transaction was just that I was there.” Garai said that the incident was an example of Weinstein’s approach to women. He knew they were desperate to break into the industry and he abused his own power, putting women in “humiliating situations.”
Graham reported that in the early 2000s, Weinstein summoned her to his office, claiming that he wanted to put her in one of his films.
“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. There was no explicit mention that to star in one of those films I had to sleep with him, but the subtext was there,” she told Variety.
Posting a statement on Twitter, Forlani claims that she escaped advances form Weinstein on five occasions.
“Nothing happened to me with Harvey, by that I mean I escaped five times,”.
She wrote that “I was 25. I remember him telling me all the actresses who had slept with him and what he had done for them.”
French actress, Darel reported that she was pursued relentlessly by Weinstein after they met in 1994. He then propositioned her at a Paris hotel room while his wife was in an adjoining room.
“I was in shock. I was astonished. When you have someone so physically disgusting in front of you, continuing and continuing as though this was all perfectly normal… What happened to me may not be illegal but it was inappropriate. Very inappropriate,” Darel told People.
After a meeting in New York in 1982, Anthony said that she became friendly with Weinstein. Although a few years later after meeting him for a drink in his rented London home he made advances towards her.
“The next thing I knew he was half undressed and he grabbed me… It was the last thing I expected and I fled. That was when the predatory stalking began.”
At a later date, Anthony said that Weinstein raped her. She alleged that Weinstein showed up to her flat at around 10am, where he “pushed me inside and rammed me up against the coat rack… He was trying to kiss me and shove inside me.” She said that she pushed Weinstein away, but he was too heavy, and “finally, I just gave up,” Anthony told London’s Sunday Times.
During the Toronto Film Festival in 1995, Weinstein reportedly tried to give Sorvin a massage and “sort of chased her around” a hotel room. A few weeks later, he unexpectedly showed up at her New York apartment.
“Harvey had managed to bypass my doorman. I opened the door terrified, brandishing my twenty-pound Chihuahua mix in front of me, as though that would do any good,” Sorvino told The New Yorker.
Weinstein left she said that her new boyfriend was on the way.
He reportedly tried to lure her into his hotel room, asking for a massage and “would not let [her] leave” until she kissed him. “I said fine and kissed him on the lips. He sort of held my head and made me kiss him, and then he’s like, “OK, you can go now. That’s all I wanted. Just do what I say and you can get your way, ” Sagemiller told The Huffington Post.
The Game of Thrones star recounted two unsettling incidences that she encountered with Weinstein on Twitter.
Headey wrote that the first time she met Weinstein was at the Venice Film Festival in 2005 where, after he took her for a walk by the water, he “made some suggestive comments and gestures” as reported by Independent.
She goes on to claim that she met Weinstein in LA years later, where he invited her into his hotel room to look over a script. Headey said “the energy shifted” and she told Weinstein that she was not interested in anything other than work.
“He was silent after I spoke, furious,” Headey wrote, claiming his hands were on her back “marching her forward.”
After the key card to his hotel room didn’t work, she alleged that Weinstein marched her back to the lift “grabbing and holding tightly to the back of [her] arm.”
She claimed that, after paying for her car, he whispered in her ear: “Don’t tell anyone about this, not your manager, not your agent.”
“I got in the car and I cried,” Headey wrote.
Dunning met Weinstein in 2003 at a nightclub she worked at, where Weinstein reportedly promised her a screen test. When she arrived at his hotel suite for a meeting, Weinstein was waiting in a bathrobe with contracts laid out for his next three films. Reportedly, Weinstein said that she could sign them, but only if she had a threesome with him. Dunning laughed and declined assuming Weinstein was joking to which he replied, “you’ll never make it in this business. This is how the business works,” Dunning told The New York Times.
Ambra Battilana Gutierrez
Weinstein reportedly groped the Italian model, Gutierrez in 2015 which was recorded in an audio later released to the New Yorker. The audio revealed Weinstein repeatedly begging her to join him for “five minutes” and warned her, “don’t ruin your friendship with me for five minutes..”
Roberts said that Weinstein asked her to meet him at his hotel. When she arrived, Weinstein was naked in the bathtub and he told her that she would give a much better audition if she were comfortable, since her potential character in the movie had a topless scene. Roberts claims she apologised and left.
“I was nobody! How had I ever thought otherwise?” she told The New York Times.
Dix reports that in the mid-nineties, Weinstein tried to force himself on her at a hotel room.
She stated that she locked herself in a bathroom to escape and when she emerged, she found Weinstein masturbating.
“I quickly closed the door again and locked it. Then when I heard room service come to the door I just ran,” Dix told The Guardian.
In 1993, Kendall reported that Weinstein invited her to a screening, which turned out to be a solo trip with him to a movie theatre. Following the movie she was invited to his hotel room. He emerged from the bathroom clad in a robe and asking for a massage. Kendall reported that she refused all of Weinstein’s advances.
“He literally chased me. He wouldn’t let me pass him to get to the door.”
“I just thought to myself: I can’t believe you’re doing this to me. I’m so offended — we just had a meeting.” Kendall told The New York Times.
Stoller reported that Weinstein approached her in 2004. He called her, and his assistant invited her to a casting meeting in Manhattan, that turned out to be a solo meeting with Weinstein.
“(Weinstein) was simultaneously flattering me and demeaning me and making me feel bad about myself,” he then forced her to perform oral sex on him, despite her refusal.
“(I said) over and over, ‘I don’t want to do this, stop, don’t’. I tried to get away, but maybe I didn’t try hard enough. I didn’t want to kick him or fight him.”
“I just sort of gave up. That’s the most horrible part of it, and that’s why he’s been able to do this for so long to so many women: people give up, and then they feel like it’s their fault,” Stoller told The New Yorker.
Starting in 1991, Laura Madden, a former Weinstein employee, said that Weinstein asked her for massages at hotels in Dublin and London.
“It was so manipulative. You constantly question yourself–am I the one who is the problem?” she told The New York Times.
After reading allegations against Weinstein, Campbell wrote in the The Times of London that she “was struck by how amazingly familiar” the allegations were. Campbell claims that in 1995, Weinstein invited her to “jump into the bath” in his hotel room.
While working as an intern on one of his films, Weinstein harassed Wachowiak and exposed himself to her in a hotel room asking her for a massage.
“I told him that I was happy to be part of the project but I would not touch him,” Wachowiak told the Buffalo News.
Brock alleges that in 1997 she was harassed by Weinstein at the Hotel du Cap during the Cannes Film Festival.
“As a model I was used to predatory men and had become adept at brushing off unwanted advances and putting creepy perverts in their place.”
Initially, Brock says she felt safe with Weinstein but one night she unwittingly ended up alone in his hotel room and the energy suddenly shifted. Weinstein emerged from the bathroom naked and kept asking Brock if she wanted a massage. Brock locked herself in the bathroom to get away. Following her action, Weinstein become apologetic.
“I could see the guy felt truly remorseful. He was near tears. But I could also tell that he had no idea how messed up this ‘apology’ was. How many girls were there? Did this shit happen every day?” Brock said in a Medium post.