8 Celebrities Victimized by Harvey Weinstein
By Dani Panopio
When The New York Times published an expose about Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein (of The Weinstein Company) and his alleged misconduct towards women spanning three decades, several high profile industry people voiced out their personal experiences with the producer.
In a span of days, several actresses, models, and employees shared their inappropriate encounters with Weinstein; according to their narrations, Weinstein would invite young models and actresses to his hotel room to discuss their careers. These encounters would later turn inappropriately once Weinstein asks them to give massages or oral sex.
With a growing list of women accusing Weinstein of sexual abuse, we list down 8 high profile victims of the studio executive.
Paltrow was asked to come up with his hotel suite at the Peninsula Beverly Hills Hotel for a work-related meeting. The meeting ended up with the producer placing his hands on her, suggesting they head to the bedroom for massages.
Paltrow confided with Brad Pitt, her boyfriend at the time, with Pitt later confronting Weinstein. Weinstein soon warned the actress not to tell anyone else about their encounter. An interview of the actress with David Letterman during the late 90s recently surfaced, with the actress telling Letterman that Weinstein was a “coercer”.
In an email sent by the actress to the NYT, Jolie shared her encounter with Weinstein, saying: “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.”
In an Instagram post, Beckinsale shared her traumatizing experience with the producer when she was 17. After calling her for a meeting at his hotel room, Weinstein appeared with only his bathrobe on and offered her alcohol. She declined and left. A few years after their encounter, Weinstein asked her if “he had tried anything with me in that first meeting.” The actress quipped “I realized he couldn’t remember if he had assaulted me or not.”
When Ashley Judd was 20, Weinstein invited her to the Peninsula Beverly Hills Hotel for a breakfast business meeting. Weinstein instead sent her up to his room and asked if she could give him a massage or watch him shower. Judd quipped “How do I get out of the room as fast as possible without alienating Harvey Weinstein?”
One of Weinstein’s staunch critics, McGowan claims that the producer raped her during an encounter in a hotel room during the Sundance Film Festival. Weinstein reached a $100, 000 settlement with McGowan after “an episode in a hotel room.”
In an op-ed with The Guardian, the French actress claims that she was meeting with Weinstein in a Paris hotel room. “All throughout the evening, he flirted and stared at me as if I was a piece of meat. He acted as if he were considering me for a role. But I knew that was bullshit. I knew it because I could see it in his eyes. He had a lecherous look. He was using his power to get sex.”
The actress continued: “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.”
In an Instagram post, the actress shares how Weinstein sexually assaulted her. Delevingne wrote “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.”
Weinstein then asked her to kiss another woman which was with them in the room and then tried to kiss Delevingne while blocking the doorway.
The Game of Thrones actress shared that she felt “completely powerless” after her encounter with the producer at the Venice Film Festival. In a series of tweets about their encounter, Headey states that “At one point Harvey asked me to take a walk down to the water, I walked down with him and he stopped and made some suggestive comment, a gesture, I just laughed it off, I was genuinely shocked.”