From Aggressive Overtures to Sexual Assault: Harvey Weinstein’s Accusers Tell Their Stories

From Aggressive Overtures to Sexual Assault: Harvey Weinstein’s Accusers Tell Their Stories, by Ronan Farrow.

Since the establishment of the first studios a century ago, there have been few movie executives as dominant, or as domineering, as Harvey Weinstein. As the co-founder of the production-and-distribution companies Miramax and the Weinstein Company, he helped to reinvent the model for independent films, with movies such as “Sex, Lies, and Videotape,” “The English Patient,” “Pulp Fiction,” “The Crying Game,” “Shakespeare in Love,” and “The King’s Speech.”

Beyond Hollywood, he has exercised his influence as a prolific fund-raiser for Democratic Party candidates, including Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton. Weinstein combined a keen eye for promising scripts, directors, and actors with a bullying, even threatening, style of doing business, inspiring both fear and gratitude. His movies have earned more than three hundred Oscar nominations, and, at the annual awards ceremonies, he has been thanked more than almost anyone else in movie history, just after Steven Spielberg and right before God. …

Three women — among them [Asia] Argento and a former aspiring actress named Lucia Evans — told me that Weinstein raped them, allegations that include Weinstein forcibly performing or receiving oral sex and forcing vaginal sex. Four women said that they experienced unwanted touching that could be classified as an assault. In an audio recording captured during a New York Police Department sting operation in 2015 and made public here for the first time, Weinstein admits to groping a Filipina-Italian model named Ambra Battilana Gutierrez, describing it as behavior he is “used to.” Four of the women I interviewed cited encounters in which Weinstein exposed himself or masturbated in front of them.

Gwyneth Paltrow, Angelina Jolie and Others Say Weinstein Harassed Them, by Judi Kantor.

When Gwyneth Paltrow was 22 years old, she got a role that would take her from actress to star: The film producer Harvey Weinstein hired her for the lead in the Jane Austen adaptation “Emma.” Before shooting began, he summoned her to his suite at the Peninsula Beverly Hills hotel for a work meeting that began uneventfully.

It ended with Mr. Weinstein placing his hands on her and suggesting they head to the bedroom for massages, she said.

“I was a kid, I was signed up, I was petrified,” she said in an interview, publicly disclosing that she was sexually harassed by the man who ignited her career and later helped her win an Academy Award.

She refused his advances, she said, and confided in Brad Pitt, her boyfriend at the time. Mr. Pitt confronted Mr. Weinstein, and soon after, the producer warned her not to tell anyone else about his come-on. “I thought he was going to fire me,” she said.

Rosanna Arquette, a star of “Pulp Fiction,” has a similar account of Mr. Weinstein’s behavior, as does Judith Godrèche, a leading French actress. So does Angelina Jolie, who said that during the release of “Playing by Heart” in the late 1990s, he made unwanted advances on her in a hotel room, which she rejected.

Time to leave the USA, Mr Weinstein. Worked for Roman Polanski. If you stay, all those women are going to come out of the woodwork and lob lawsuits. Look at what happened to Bill Cosby.

And there he goes:

The political importance of this is that another highly influential leftist figure is exposed as a sex abuser, making a mockery of leftist claims to be “better” for women. Nothing can top Bill Clinton’s past, and then his wife — who got to her position because she was married to Bill, yet posed as a self-made woman and feminist icon.

The media — including opinion forming sections like the comedy shows — are downplaying the story. Anyone seen this mentioned on the Australian ABC News yet? Don’t hold your breathe. If this had been a non-left figure it would be all over the media, used as an example of how retrograde the deplorables are and held up as a good reason that only leftists should rule.

Like when Trump merely talked about celebrity privilege with women — and didn’t we hear all about that! It was obvious that after several decades as a major celebrity around town, no women had any substantial stories of sexual bad behavior by Trump — or we certainly would have heard all about it. The contrast and “what people know” is a testament to the power of the press to slant the facts.