Famous Woman Come Forward And Harrowing Audio Captures Harvey Weinstein Pressuring Woman He Groped To Come Back To His Room

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Famous Woman Come Forward And Harrowing Audio Captures Harvey Weinstein Pressuring Woman He Groped To Come Back To His Room

 

Ambra Battilana Gutierrez is one of several women whose story of sexual assault at Harvey Weinstein’s hands is told in The New Yorker’s new piece. In 2015, Gutierrez told police she had been aggressively groped by the producer:

In the office, she sat with Weinstein on a couch to review the portfolio, and he began staring at her breasts, asking if they were real. Gutierrez later told officers of the New York Police Department Special Victims Division that Weinstein then lunged at her, groping her breasts and attempting to put a hand up her skirt while she protested. He finally backed off and told her that his assistant would give her tickets to “Finding Neverland,” a Broadway play that he was producing. He said that he would meet her at the show that evening.

[The New Yorker]

After reporting the incident to the police, Gutierrez returned the next day to record a conversation with Weinstein, who pressured her to come to his hotel room while he showers. The audio of the conversation, as Weinstein presses Gutierrez to come with him and warns her not to embarrass him at the hotel, is difficult to listen to:

Gwyneth Paltrow and Angelina Jolie also accuse film producer Harvey Weinstein of sexual misconduct.

Only days after the New York Times dropped a bombshell report detailing over three decades worth of allegations of sexual harassment made against Weinstein, the paper published another piece featuring the first hand accounts of women who have accused the producer of misconduct or worse. Gwyneth Paltrow, Angelina Jolie, Rosanna Arquette and others shared their stories with the New York Times.

Paltrow was only 22 when she was hired by Weinstein to play the title role in the film adaptation of Jane Austin’s Emma, the Times reports. Before filming, Paltrow claims that Weinstein invited her to his hotel suite, put his hands on her, and suggested they massage one another. She refused his advances and confided in her then-boyfriend, Brad Pitt. After Pitt confronted Weinstein, the producer threatened her not to tell anyone else about the encounter, Paltrow told the Times.

Angelina Jolie had a similar experience with Weinstein in his hotel room. She writes in an email to the New York Times:

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. This behavior towards women in any field, any country is unacceptable.

Rosanna Arquette recalls Weinstein asking for a massage, and grabbing her hand and putting it on his crotch when she refused. Judith Godrèche, a french actress, said that Weinstein grabbed her and tried to remove her sweater. Dawn Dunning, a former actress and costume designer, was told that she would not get a part in one of his films unless she had a threesome with him. Katherine Kendall, an actress and photographer, said that Weinstein got naked and chased her around his living room, blocking the door and making it impossible for her to escape.

Italian actor and director Asia Argento is another woman who accuses Harvey Weinstein of rape in The New Yorker‘s harrowing report on his sexual misconduct and the company’s coverups.

Argento had told her story once before, albeit with a different name. In 2000, Argento released the film Scarlet Diva which includes scenes inspired by her interactions with Weinstein. In 1997, at 21 years old, Argento arrived at the producer’s hotel room under the pretext of a party, but nobody else was there. Weinstein allegedly exited the room and returned “wearing a bathrobe and holding a bottle of lotion,” before demanding that she give him a massage and forcibly performing oral sex on her.

“The thing with being a victim is I felt responsible,” Argento told TheNew Yorker. “Because if I were a strong woman, I would have kicked him in the balls and run away. But I didn’t. And so I felt responsible.”

Argento shared a scene from Scarlet Diva in which her character, Anna, is cornered by a movie producer in a hotel room, who wears only a bathrobe and carries lotion, demanding a massage, and threatening her career.

According to Argento, Weinstein saw the film when it was released in the U.S., and “apparently recognized himself,” and said he was “sorry for whatever happened.”

She told The New Yorker that she gave her character the ending she wished she had:

“In the movie I wrote,” she said. “I ran away.”

All the stories published in the latest New York Times piece are similar, including the reason why so many of the women stayed silent for so long: they thought they would never get work again if they exposed the multimillionaire, and they thought no one would believe them if they came forward.

Just days after reports of his alleged sexual harassment hit the front page, Harvey Weinstein was fired from his company. In a statement to the New York TimesWeinstein publicly acknowledged that his behavior — although he doesn’t specify what behavior — “caused a lot of pain.” But privately, he was apparently still fighting for his job. An email has leaked in which Weinstein begs for help.

Shared on Twitter by Janice Min, an owner of The Hollywood Reporter, the email plainly asks for help from industry power-players. “My board is thinking of firing me,” he writes. “All I’m asking, is let me take a leave of absence and get into heavy therapy and counseling.” He seems to be asking for time to rehabilitate his image as much as himself. “A lot of the allegations are false as you know but given therapy and counseling as other people have done, I think I’d be able to get there.”

Among the people who received the email and refused to support Weinstein were the Vice Chairman at NBC Universal, the president and CEO of Discovery Communications, and the former chairman of Disney. It seems that Weinstein has finally gotten so toxic that even his Hollywood elite brethren don’t want to get involved.

Regardless of his attempts at wringing his last bit of power from the industry, Weinstein was fired on Sunday night, according to the company, “in light of new information about misconduct by Harvey Weinstein that has emerged in the past few days.”

To read the full piece in the New York Timesclick here.

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