Cate Blanchett And Mark Ruffalo Address Weinstein Allegations
How Weinstein is addressing the accusations
Who is Harvey Weinstein?
Harvey Weinstein is a longtime Hollywood producer known for his fierce campaigning and ability to boost the careers of those within his inner circle. He and brother Bob Weinstein cofounded Miramax Films, which they left in 2005 to start their own film studio, The Weinstein Company (TWC).
Under Harvey Weinstein's leadership, TWC has produced many major films which garnered over 300 Oscar nominations. The most notable on the list are"The Artist," "The King's Speech," "Silver Linings Playbook," and "Lion."
Weinstein was married to Eve Chilton from 1987 to 2004, and married fashion designer and actress Georgina Chapman in 2007.
Multiple women have accused him of sexual harassment
A report from catalogs decades of accusations from women who worked with Weinstein in various capacities.
In an interview with the Times, actress Ashely Judd said Weinstein asked her to meet him at the Peninsula Beverly Hills hotel and made multiple inappropriate requests of her.
"He had her sent up to his room, where he appeared in a bathrobe and asked if he could give her a massage or she could watch him shower," Kantor and Twohey .
Harvey Weinstein and Ashley Judd.
"Women have been talking about Harvey amongst ourselves for a long time, and it's simply beyond time to have the conversation publicly," Judd told the Times.
The Times reporters spoke with eight different women, none of whom knew each other, who gave various accounts of Weinstein "appearing nearly or fully naked in front of them, requiring them to be present while he bathed or repeatedly asking for a massage or initiating one himself."
In 2015, a TWC employee named Lauren O'Connor wrote a memo about these incidences to several executives at the company, according to the Times. Weinstein reportedly reached a settlement with O'Connor, who then retracted the memo.
Two company officials spoke anonymously with the Times, and said Weinstein has reached "at least eight settlements with women" over sexual harrassment allegations spanning the last two decades.
The New Yorker adds to the list of accusations
On October 10, Ronan Farrow of The New Yorker published an investigative report detailing 13 different accounts from woman who allege Weinstein harrassed, groped, or assaulted them.
"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," Farrow reports. "Four women said that they experienced unwanted touching that could be classified as an assault."
In the full write-up, you can read each allegation broken down by number. Farrow also published an audio clip obtained from an alleged NYPD sting operation. In the audio, a man identified as Weinstein can be heard attempting to talk 22-year-old model Ambra Gutierrez into watching him shower in a hotel room.
You can listen to the audio recording below. (Warning: Audio may be disturbing for some.)
According to both the Times and The New Yorker's reports, this was a known pattern of behavior for Weinstein, especially among executives within TWC and among other Hollywood moguls.
In the days following the reports, notable actresses including Gwenyth Paltrow, and Angelina Jolie have publicly spoken about Weinstein allegedly harassing or assaulting them.
How Weinstein is addressing the accusations
Ahead of the Times' publication of their article, Weinstein had already assembled a legal team. One of his lawyers was Lisa Bloom — a civil rights attorney known for bringing down Bill O'Reilly and also for representing celebrity clients such as Blac Chyna.
Weinstein has also hired Charles Harder, a litigator who represented Hulk Hogan in the case which resulted in Gawker's shut down. Hours after the Times published its report, Harder told The Hollywood Reporter he was preparing a lawsuit against the paper.
Here's the statement Harder wrote to THR:
"The New York Times published today a story that is saturated with false and defamatory statements about Harvey Weinstein. It relies on mostly hearsay accounts and a faulty report, apparently stolen from an employee personnel file, which has been debunked by nine different eyewitnesses. We sent the Times the facts and evidence, but they ignored it and rushed to publish. We are preparing the lawsuit now. All proceeds will be donated to women's organizations."
In a statement provided to INSIDER, Weinstein's lawyer Lisa Bloom said that Weinsten "denies many of the accusations as patently false."
Weinstein and Jennifer Lawrence (star of "Silver Linings Playbook") in 2013. Jason Merritt/Getty Images
"Harvey is not going to demean or attack any of the women making accusations against him, although he does dispute many of the allegations," Bloom's statement also said. "Instead, he is going to use this as a painful learning experience to grow into a better man. I will continue to work with him personally for as long as it takes."
Many have noted that Bloom is working with Weinstein to adapt a book she wrote into a miniseries. She announced the project in April 2019.
Weinstein released a personal statement, which was also shared with INSIDER. He says he is taking a leave of absence from TWC, and attributes his behavior to learned cultural norms from the '60s and '70s. He also quotes Jay Z (whom he is working with on a new movie) and says he plans on channeling his anger toward the NRA.
Here's his full statement:
I came of age in the 60s and 70s, 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 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.
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