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Harvey Weinstein Accusations: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know

Harvey Weinstein Accusations: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know


As Harvey Weinstein’s arrest looms nearer, here is a peek at a just a few of the dozens of accusations from Weinstein.

The news broke Thursday afternoon that disgraced movie mogul Harvey Weinstein is anticipated to turn himself to that the NYPD associated to sexual misconduct charges, according to CNN.  The former Hollywood producer has had tons of girls accuse him of misconduct and is under investigation for alleged sexual offenses in New York, Los Angeles and London.

Weinstein, that has been accused of sexual assault, sexual harassment and rape by over 50 women such as A-list actresses like Gwyneth Paltrow, Ashley Judd and Angelina Jolie, has been officially charged for a case involving a woman named Lucia Evans. Evans, a former college student and aspiring actress, says she was pressured to perform oral sex Weinstein in 2004 despite repeatedly telling him “no,” based to that the New Yorker.

The accusations, which many in the entertainment industry state have been common knowledge for many decades, were discovered by Megan Twohey and Jodi Kantor in the Times and Ronan Farrow in The New Yorker.

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1. Women Are Accusing Weinstein of Sexual Misconduct for Decades, but the #MeToo Movement was the Catalyst that Caused the “Weinstein Effect”

GettyU.S. Film producer Harvey Weinstein poses during a photocall as he arrives to attend the De Grisogono Party on the sidelines of this 70th Cannes Film Festival, in the Cap-Eden-Roc hotel in Antibes, near Cannes, southeastern France, on May 23.

It was no secret that Weinstein was considered a deviant for decades, as young Hollywood actresses and other girls in the industry was accusing him of sexual misconduct for decades.  A-list celebrities like Gwyneth Paltrow, Ashley Judd and Angelina Jolie had had run-in’s with the film mogul years back. You can read their stories below.

It required the #MeToo movement, a hashtag utilized on social networking, to help establish the widespread incidence of sexual assault and harassment towards women around the world. The hashtag went viral soon after the allegations against Weinstein were made public.

The phrase was first coined by Tarana Burke, but was popularized by Alyssa Milano when she invited women to tweet the message to “give people a sense of the magnitude of the problem.”

Since then, the phrase was re-posted on social networking countless times, often with an accompanying personal narrative of sexual harassment or assault. Stars like Jennifer Lawrence and Uma Thurman picked up the hashtag, sharing their own stories on social websites in the hopes of enabling women to speak up and stand against sexual violence.

The allegations catalyzed the movement and have been drawing attention to sexual misconduct, sending a “ripple effects across multiple industries and taking down powerful men,” based to CNN.

What is now being called the “Weinstein effect” — when folks come forward to accuse famous or powerful men of sexual misconduct — has significantly impacted not just Hollywood, but abusers across global industries.

Over 200 actors, politicians, CEO’s, comedians and news personalities are accused of sexual assault since the article -Weinstein, #MeToo movement began. The Weinstein allegations are considered a tipping point, or a “watershed moment” that precipitated a national reckoning against sexual activity throughout the world.

GettyLouis C.K., star of Louie, is up for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy in the 2014 Emmy Awards.

Hollywood has been significantly impacted by the motion, with high-profile actors like Louis C.K., who confessed to acts of sexual misconduct after years of rumors about his abusive treatment of women comedians. Oscar-winning actor Kevin  Spacey was accused by over a dozen men —  including five who stated they were adolescents at the time — alleging that he sexually harassed, attacked or attempted to rape them. An investigation was under review about the allegations against Spacey.

2. Gwyneth Paltrow Claims Weinstein Tried to Lure her to his Bedroom for a Massage; when Paltrow told her Then-Boyfriend Brad Pitt, he Confronted Weinstein

Gwyneth Paltrow is just one of several victims alleging that Weinstein attacked her early on in her career.

Lady Gwyneth Paltrow told The New York Times that Weinstein attempted to sexually attack her when she had been 22-years old. She was hired as the lead actress in the adaptation of Emma by Weinstein when he asked her to come to his suite at the Peninsula Beverly Hills hotel for a work meeting, according to that the New York Times. When she came, Weinstein put his hands on her and asked her to go to the sack to get a massage.

“I was a kid … I was petrified,” she told The Times during a meeting.

Paltrow said she refused his advances and informed her then-boyfriend Brad Pitt, who confronted Weinstein in a Hollywood premiere, telling him to never put his hands on her again. After the experience, Weinstein allegedly warned Paltrow not to tell anyone else about the incident.

“I thought he was going to fire me,” she explained.

Paltrow said she came forward with her story because: “We’re at a point in time when women need to send a clear message that this is over. This way of treating women ends now.”

3. Ashley Judd Claims that Weinstein Invited her to his Hotel Room Wearing Only a Bathrobe and Asked if Judd Would Like to Watch Him Shower

‌Ashley Judd asserts that Weinstein asked her to watch him shower, offered her a shoulder rub, and told her to pick out his outfit for the next day.

Ashley Judd told the Times that she had an incident with Weinstein over 20 years ago, also at the beginning of her career.  She supposedly met Weinstein in the Peninsula Beverly Hills hotel for what he told her could be a breakfast meeting.

Judd told the Times she had been sent to Weinstein’s hotel room for a meeting, where he had been waiting at a bathrobe and asked if she would like to see him shower.

“How do I get out of the room as fast as possible without alienating Harvey Weinstein?” Judd told The Times, adding that women in the entertainment industry was talking about Weinstein’s misconduct “for a long time.”

When she fell to see him shower, Weinstein then offered her a shoulder rub, which she turned down.

Weinstein reportedly offered Judd a shoulder rub instead, but she declined until he asked her to pick out his clothes for the day from a nearby closet.

“I said no, a lot of ways, a lot of times, and he always came back at me with some new to ask,” Judd stated to The Times. “It was all this bargaining, this coercive bargaining.”

4. Asia Argento Wrote and Directed a Scene from the Movie “Scarlet Diva” Found Around the Encounter She Had With Weinstein in a Party at 1997

GettyItalian actress Asia Argento poses as she arrives on May 17 for the screening of this movie ‘Ismael’s Ghosts’ (Les Fantomes d’Ismael) during the opening ceremony of this 70th edition of the Cannes Film Festival in Cannes, southern France.

Argento, an Italian actress who starred in Miramax’s crime drama B. Monkey in 1999, told The New Yorker she had been attacked by Weinstein in 1997. Argento was 21 at the moment, and claims Weinstein’s manufacturers invited her to what she thought was a celebration at the Hôtel du Cap-Eden-Roc on the French Riviera.

When she arrived at the party, she had been headed to a room to meet with Weinstein alone. Argento asserts Weinstein left the area, returned wearing only a bathrobe and asked her to give him a massage before performing oral sex on her.

Argento finally went on to write and direct the film Scarlet Diva, where the character she plays appears in a hotel room with a heavyset manufacturer who asks for a massage before trying to sexually assault her.

Many different actresses have come forward to accuse Weinstein of similar episodes, often involving him in a bathrobe, offering massages, and forcing himself on the young actresses.

Based to Newsweek, Italian version Ambra Battilana Gutierrez was competing for the 2015 Miss Italy name when she met Weinstein at a reception for the New York Spring Spectacular. After asserting she had been groped by Weinstein in his Tribeca office the next day, Gutierrez filed a sexual assault report, engaged in a police investigation of Weinstein, and finally recorded him asking Gutierrez to watch him shower.

Other victims who have come forward alleging abuse at Weinstein’s hands comprise Mira Sorvino, Salma Hayek, Lupita Nyong’o and Lena Headey, among many, many others.

5. Weinstein is Being Charged in the Event of Lucia Evans, one of the First to Come Forward About the Allegations Against Weinstein

Lucia Evans played a pivotal role in Weinstein’s downturn, as among the first girls to openly speak out against him. Evans told The New Yorker that he pressured her to perform oral sex on him 2004.

An aspiring actress back in 2004, Evans met Weinstein in an upscale club in Manhattan the Summer before her senior year, and she gave him her number. In the interview with The New Yorker, Evans she stated had reservations about the manufacturer; she’d heard rumors about himand he also called her late at night. Nonetheless, she showed up at his Miramax office but felt relieved when she saw a female casting executive was present.

It did not take long for things to have an embarrassing turn. She and Weinstein ended up meeting alone in an office. He began berating her, saying she wanted to lose weight to be on Project Runway.  He then attacked her, pulling his penis out, and pulling down her head, Evans said.

“I said, over and over, ‘I don’t want to do this, stop, don’t,’” she explained. “I tried to get away, but maybe I didn’t try hard enough. I didn’t want to kick him or fight him.”

He overpowered her,” she said.  “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.”

Evans, now called Lucia Stoller, ultimately didn’t pursue acting. Evans reported that after the episode she lasted to blame himself for not fighting harder, reports the New Yorker.

“It was always my fault for not stopping him,” she explained. “I had an eating problem for years. I was disgusted with myself. It’s funny, all these unrelated things I did to hurt myself because of this one thing.”

Weinstein has been brought up on formal charges in the case between Evans.  A spokesperson for Manhattan Dist. Atty. Cyrus Vance on Thursday declined to comment on the specific charges Weinstein faces

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