Film producer Harvey Weinstein has been officially let go from his company Sunday, just days after the New Yorker released their damning evidence, detailing 30 years of sexual harassment allegations.The story, written by New Yorker investigative reporter Ronan Farrow, broke the silence for three female actresses who said the producer would often arrange meetings in his hotel room, bathroom, or personal office and sexually force himself upon the aspiring actresses.
Since then, many Hollywood personalities have denounced the producer, including Judi Dench, Meryl Streep, Brie Larson, Judd Apatow, Lena Dunham, and Amber Tamblyn, among many others. It seems Weinstein’s discrepancies and sexual misconduct towards aspiring women actresses was well known in many circles.
Hollywood’s initial silence left many wondering whether administrators would allow the serious claims of rape and sexual harassment to go unpunished, spurring many in the film industry to step forward in the women’s defense.
“I’m sitting here, deeply upset, acknowledging to myself that, yes, for many years, I have been aware of the vague rumors that Harvey Weinstein had a pattern of behaving inappropriately around women, said actress Glenn Close, offering her support for the victims.
“Harvey has always been decent to me, but now that the rumors are being substantiated, I feel angry and darkly sad,” she said.
“I was expected to keep the secret,” Gwyneth Paltrow told me, describing Weinstein harassment http://nyti.ms/2zbaN13
Gwyneth Paltrow, Angelina Jolie and Others Say Weinstein Harassed Them
“This way of treating women ends now,” Ms. Paltrow said as she and other actresses accused the producer of casting-couch abuses.
“I was shocked and appalled by the revelations about Harvey Weinstein,” said former presidential candidate Hillary Clinton in a statement. Clinton’s political campaign received generous funding from the director, who regularly donated to the Democratic Party.
Another recipient, Connecticut Sen. Chris Murphy told CNN Sunday he felt many Democrats should either return the money or donate it to charity.
“I had a bad experience with Weinstein in my youth—as a result, I chose never to work with him again and warn others,” said actress Angelina Jolie.
Gwyneth Paltrow also told of an incident when she was 22 years old when Weinstein suggested they head to the bedroom after having her meet with him in his hotel room.
“I was a kid, I was signed up, I was petrified,” she told the New York Times.
“I know he has crushed a lot of people before,” said Italian actress and director Asia Argento who said Weinstein raped her “in a building full of people” after being lead like a lamb to the slaughter by his employees. “That’s why this story—in my case, it’s twenty years old, some of them are older—has never come out,” Argento told the New Yorker.
“Mr. Weinstein may be the most powerful man in Hollywood to be revealed as a predator, but he’s certainly not the only one who has been allowed to run wild. His behavior, silently co-signed for decades by employees and collaborators, is a microcosm of what has been happening in Hollywood since always and of what workplace harassment looks like for women everywhere,” Lena Dunham, one of the victims to speak up, told the New York Times.
An official statement released by Weinstein’s representative, Sallie Hofmeister, announced the producer denied “any allegations of non-consensual sex….Mr. Weinstein has further confirmed that there were never any acts of retaliation against any women for refusing his advances.”
The Weinstein Company announced their co-founder’s dismissal Friday, saying his departure from the company would be indefinite.
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