Police investigations on Harvey Weinstein are underway in both the US and the UK, reported to involve claims of rape, sexual assault, groping and harassment.
Following these allegations, the film mogul has been expelled from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, being the second man in history to be banished from the Academy.
Here is a list of the women who have openly accused Weinstein of sexual misconduct.
Roberts, now a psychology professor, alleges Weinstein harassed her in 1984 when she was a 20-year-old aspiring actress.
She told the New York Times that Weinstein, a customer at the restaurant where she worked as a waitress, asked her to meet him at his hotel to discuss a film part.
But when she arrived, she said she found Weinstein naked in the bathtub, where he allegedly told her that her audition would be better “if she were comfortable ‘getting naked in front of him,’ too, because the character she might play would have a topless scene.”
In the early 1990s, Weinstein allegedly asked Arquette to come to his room at the Beverly Hills Hotel to pick up a script. Then in her early 30s, she said that when she arrived Weinstein greeted her in a bathrobe and asked her for a massage.
She told the New Yorker that he grabbed her hand and pulled it toward his erect penis, before bragging about two famous women he had slept with. “I’m not that girl; I will never be that girl,” she recalled saying.
Non-profit director Godbold said she met Weinstein in the early 1990s when she was 28 years old and went to his office to talk about an internship.
Weinstein allegedly cornered her in a meeting room and put her hand on his crotch. The following month, he invited her to his hotel suite where she says she thought he was going to make things right.
“I don’t remember all the details, but somehow or other I ended up in his bedroom, with him, in bed, asking me to do a massage, and then he got up,” she told Democracy Now.
Actress Beckinsale has claimed that she was invited to meet Weinstein at the Savoy Hotel in 1990.
Then 17 years old, she said when she arrived at the reception she was told to go to his room.
“He opened the door in his bathrobe,” she wrote on Instagram. Beckinsale recalled being propositioned by Weinstein “many times over the years—some of which ended up with him screaming at me calling me a cunt and making threats.”
I was called to meet Harvey Weinstein at the Savoy Hotel when I was 17. I assumed it would be in a conference room which was very common.When I arrived ,reception told me to go to his room . He opened the door in his bathrobe . I was incredibly naive and young and it did not cross my mind that this older ,unattractive man would expect me to have any sexual interest in him .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 .I had what I thought were boundaries – I said no to him professionally many times over the years-some of which ended up with him screaming at me calling me a cunt and making threats, some of which made him laughingly tell people oh “Kate lives to say no to me .” It speaks to the status quo in this business that I was aware that standing up for myself and saying no to things,while it did allow me to feel uncompromised in myself,undoubtedly harmed my career and was never something I felt supported by anyone other than my family.I would like to applaud the women who have come forward , and to pledge that we can from this create a new paradigm where producers,managers,executives and assistants and everyone who has in the past shrugged and said “ well, that’s just Harvey /Mr X/insert name here “ will realize that we in numbers can affect real change.For every moment like this there have been thousands where a vulnerable person has confided outrageous unprofessional behavior and found they have no recourse, due to an atmosphere of fear that it seems almost everyone has been living in .I had a male friend who, based on my experience,warned a young actress who said she was going to dinner with Harvey to be careful. He received a phone call the next day saying he would never work in another Miramax film ;the girl was already sleeping with Harvey and had told him that my friend had warned her off.Let’s stop allowing our young women to be sexual cannon fodder,and let’s remember that Harvey is an emblem of a system that is sick,and that we have work to do.
British actress Dix told the Guardian that Weinstein performed an “unwelcome sexual act” in her presence when she was invited up to his room at the Savoy hotel on the premise of watching rushes in the 1990s. Aged 22 at the time, she said she found herself pushed on a bed with him “tugging at her clothes”.
Madden, a former Weinstein Company employee, told the New York Times that Weinstein allegedly asked her for massages at hotels in Dublin and London beginning in 1991.
She said: “It was so manipulative. You constantly question yourself—am I the one who is the problem?”
In a statement on Twitter, actress Claire Forlani alleged that she “escaped” Weinstein’s advances five times.
“I had two Peninsula Hotel meetings in the evening with Harvey and all I remember was I ducked, dived and ultimately got out of there without getting slobbered over, well just a bit. Yes, massage was suggested,” she wrote.
“The three dinners with Harvey I don’t really remember the time period, I was 25. I remember him telling me all the actresses who had slept with him and what he had done for them.”
Actress Kendall had a meeting with Weinstein in 1993. Then 23, she told the New York Times he gave her scripts and invited her to a screening, which turned out to be a solo trip to the cinema, before suggesting that they went to his apartment to pick something up.
She claimed he went to the bathroom, came back in a robe and asked her to give him a massage. She said when she refused, he left the room and returned nude. “He literally chased me,” she said. “He wouldn’t let me pass him to get to the door.”
After being cast in the movie ‘Emma’, Paltrow said Weinstein asked to meet her in a hotel suite, where she told the New York Times he put his hands on her and suggested “they head to the bedroom for massages”.
In 1995, actress Sorvino says she was alone with Weinstein in a hotel room when he massaged her shoulders making her “very uncomfortable.”
She told the New Yorker that he then chased her around the room.
A few weeks later, she claimed Weinstein showed up at her apartment after midnight, when she told him her boyfriend was on his way in an effort to make him leave. She believes the night negatively affected her career.
“He started to tell me that he found me very attractive and wanted to have relations with me,” Darel, 26, told Le Parisien.
“I told him I was very in love with my companion. He replied that didn’t bother him at all and offered to have me be his mistress a few days a year. That way we could continue to work together. Basically, it was ‘If you want to continue in America, you have to go through me.’ ”
Darel said she quickly left, telling Weinstein, “I’m sorry, I have to leave.”
Campbell said Weinstein invited her to a hotel room about potential work and alleged he asked her to jump in the bath with him.
“He sat down, chatted for a few minutes and then excused himself and left the room through a far door, where I could see a short passage that connected to the bedroom and the bathroom. I assumed he had gone for a pee,” she told The Times of London..
“I could hear him moving around and suddenly the sound of bath taps running. ‘What do you say we both jump in the bath?’ he hollered.
“What I said very loudly was: ‘If you come back into this room with no clothes on I’m going to f—ing lose my temper.’ ”
French actress Godrèche says after meeting at the Cannes Film Festival, Weinstein invited her to his hotel suite, where he allegedly asked to give her a massage.
“The next thing I know, he’s pressing against me and pulling off my sweater,” she told The New York Times. Godrèche then left the suite.
Jolie claimed he made unwanted advances to her in a hotel room in the late 1990s.
“I had a bad experience with Harvey Weinstein in my youth, and as a result, chose never to work with him again and warn others when they did,” Jolie told The New York Times.“This behaviour towards women in any field, any country is unacceptable.”
Judd alleges Weinstein asked if he could give her a massage and then requested her to watch him take a shower.
“I said no, a lot of ways, a lot of times, and he always came back at me with some new ask,” Judd told the Times.
“It was all this bargaining, this coercive bargaining.”
In 2016, McGowan alleged on Twitter that she had been raped by a studio executive years ago—one whose lecherous behaviour was “an open secret in Hollywood/Media.”
In a BuzzFeed interview, McGowan also discussed an unnamed “serial predator” in the industry.
Though the actress has not explicitly spoken about having an abusive encounter with Weinstein and has not formally and by name accused him of being a serial predator, the first Times report about Weinstein alleges that the producer paid McGowan a settlement in 1997—and since the scandal went public, McGowan has tweeted numerous times about the Weinstein allegations.
Actress and director Argento told The New Yorker that Weinstein asked her for a massage; at first, she refused.
She eventually relented, and shortly afterwards, he “forced her legs apart, and performed oral sex on her as she repeatedly told him to stop,” according to The New Yorker.
Though it was a “nightmare,” said Argento, she maintained a relationship with Weinstein for years: ”I felt I had to,” she said.
“When I see him, it makes me feel little and stupid and weak. After the rape, he won.”
Brock alleges Weinstein appeared naked and asked for a massage at a hotel in southern France.
“I shrugged Harvey’s hands off me, ran into the bathroom and locked the door.
“Harvey chased me, dick, balls and all, and banged on the door with his fists, pleading with me to come out.”
Eventually, she says, he dressed, and she left the suite when an assistant arrived.
“I’m so sorry,” Brock says the assistant told her. “I want you to know that of all the girls he does this to you are the one I really felt bad about. You deserve better.”
Perkins, who worked at Miramax, said she and several co-workers had been regularly subjected to inappropriate requests or comments in hotel rooms, and she was particularly concerned about the treatment of another woman in the office.
She told Weinstein that he had to stop, according to the former colleagues, and that she would go public or initiate legal action unless he changed his behaviour.
British actress Garai alleges she auditioned to Weinstein when he was wearing just a dressing gown.
She added: “The people who asked me to go to his hotel room did so with an eye-rolling look of, ‘This is weird but you just have to do it, you’re not in any danger’. It was clear they were uncomfortable asking me to do it, but that it had to be done.
“I remember the feeling of seeing him opening the door in the dressing gown and thinking, ‘Oh god, this is a casting couch’. But I guess it’s now only as a much older woman that I understood what it meant.”
Actress Graham claims Weinstein insinuated she should sleep with him for a film role.
“In the early 2000s, Harvey Weinstein called me into his office. There was a pile of scripts sitting on his desk. ‘I want to put you in one of my movies,’ he said and offered to let me choose which one I liked best.
“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.”
Aspiring actress Dunning claims he offered to give her a contract in exchange for three-way sex.
When she refused, he is alleged to have said: “You’ll never make it in this business, this is how the business worked.”
Journalist Sivan claims she was on a tour of a club and restaurant when Weinstein exposed himself in front of her and started masturbating – preventing her from leaving until he had finished.”
Evans said he forced her to perform oral sex at his Miramax office.
“I said, over and over, ‘I don’t want to do this, stop, don’t,’ ” she recalled. “I tried to get away, but maybe I didn’t try hard enough. I didn’t want to kick him or fight him.”
“In the end”, she said, “he’s a big guy. He overpowered me.
“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.”
Screenwriter Geiss says Weinstein masturbated in front of her while in a bath as she was pitching a script to him.
“When I finished my pitch I was obviously nervous, and he just kept asking me to watch him masturbate,” she said.
“I told him I was leaving. He quickly got out of the tub and grabbed my forearm as I was trying to grab my purse and led me to his bathroom, pleading that I just watch him masturbate.”
Sarah Ann Masse
Aspiring performer Masse says Weinstein interviewed her to be his nanny while wearing just his underwear, hugging her tightly as she left.
Emma de Caunes
De Caunes, a French actress, told The New Yorker that she went to a lunch meeting with Weinstein at the Ritz in Paris in 2010, to discuss a film adaptation of a book.
She says that he claimed not to remember the book, then told her a copy of it was in his room and asked her to go with him to get it. She eventually did.
He then went into the bathroom and allegedly emerged nude, telling her to lie down on the bed and adding that many other actresses have done it. De Caunes remembers being “petrified” and refusing.
Barth alleges Weinstein demanded a naked massage during a business meeting in his hotel suite in 2011.
The British model claims Weinstein tried to kiss her and stop her from leaving a hotel room.
When I first started to work as an actress, i was working on a film and 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. It was a very odd and uncomfortable call….i answered none of his questions and hurried off the phone but before I hung up, he 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. A year or two later, I went to a meeting with him in the lobby of a hotel with a director about an upcoming film. The director left the meeting and Harvey asked me to stay and chat with him. As soon as we were alone he began to brag about all the actresses he had slept with and how he had made their careers and spoke about other inappropriate things of a sexual nature. He then invited me to his room. I quickly declined and asked his assistant if my car was outside. She said it wasn’t and wouldn’t be for a bit and I should go to his room. At that moment I felt very powerless and scared but didn’t want to act that way hoping that I was wrong about the situation. 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. And I began to sing….i thought it would make the situation better….more professional….like an audition….i was so nervous. After singing I said again that I had to leave. 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 still got the part for the film and always thought that he gave it to me because of what happened. Since then I felt awful that I did the movie. I felt like I didn’t deserve the part. I was so hesitant about speaking out….I didn’t want to hurt his family. I felt guilty as if I did 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.
Nestor, a front desk assistant, said he made sexual advances towards her and badgered her into giving him a massage.
Ambra Battilana Gutierrez
Italian model Gutierrez allegedly told police that Weinstein groped her breasts and tried to put his hand up her skirt.
Officers gave her a wire to wear so that she could attempt to get a confession or incriminating comments from Weinstein during a subsequent meeting.
The New Yorker obtained the resulting audio.
The French actress told the Guardian: “We were talking on the sofa when he suddenly jumped on me and tried to kiss me. I had to defend myself. He’s big and fat, so I had to be forceful to resist him. I left his room, thoroughly disgusted. I wasn’t afraid of him, though. Because I knew what kind of man he was all along.”
Harvey Weinstein responds to allegations
In response to The New York Times’ story on his sexual misconduct, the Hollywood director released a statement in which he recognises he has “caused a lot of pain” and expresses the wish to do right by all the people he’s hurt.
In the statement, Weinstein misquoted Jay-Z when writing that the American rapper’s 4:44 song says “I’m not the man I thought I was and I better be that man for my children,” adding that he, Weinstein, finds himself in the same situation. However, Jay-Z’s song does not have such lyrics.
The film director ends the letter by writing that he is organising a scholarship foundation for women directors. “It will be named after my mum and I won’t disappoint her,” he concluded.
Read the full statement by Harvey Weinstein here:
“I came of age in the 60’s and 70’s, when all the rules about behavior and workplaces were different. That was the culture then.
“I have since learned it’s not an excuse, in the office – or out of it. To anyone.
“I realized some time ago that I needed to be a better person and my interactions with the people I work with have changed.
“I appreciate the way I’ve behaved with colleagues in the past has caused a lot of pain, and I sincerely apologize for it. Though I’m trying to do better, I know I have a long way to go. That is my commitment. My journey now will be to learn about myself and conquer my demons. Over the last year I’ve asked Lisa Bloom to tutor me and she’s put together a team of people. I’ve brought on therapists and I plan to take a leave of absence from my company and to deal with this issue head on. I so respect all women and regret what happened. I hope that my actions will speak louder than words and that one day we will all be able to earn their trust and sit down together with Lisa to learn more. Jay Z wrote in 4:44 “I’m not the man I thought I was and I better be that man for my children.” The same is true for me. I want a second chance in the community but I know I’ve got work to do to earn it. I have goals that are now priorities. Trust me, this isn’t an overnight process. I’ve been trying to do this for 10 years and this is a wake-up call. I cannot be more remorseful about the people I hurt and I plan to do right by all of them.
“I am going to need a place to channel that anger so I’ve decided that I’m going to give the NRA my full attention. I hope Wayne LaPierre will enjoy his retirement party. I’m going to do it at the same place I had my Bar Mitzvah. I’m making a movie about our President, perhaps we can make it a joint retirement party. One year ago, I began organizing a $5 million foundation to give scholarships to women directors at USC. While this might seem coincidental, it has been in the works for a year. It will be named after my mom and I won’t disappoint her.”