Last week, The New York Times published an exhaustive expose on decadeslong sexual harassment allegations against movie mogul Harvey Weinstein. At the time, the publication detailed how the disgraced film executive had paid off at least eight women. And in the time since, even more women have come forward with shocking stories of abuse.
Weinstein’s victims run the gamut from fleeting assistants to models to top Hollywood talent — all sharing a similar narrative of the ways Weinstein forced himself upon them or tried to coerce them into sexual acts.
As the story continues to unfold, another pattern emerges: that of an extremely powerful, wealthy man using his influence and means to silence any woman who would dare speak out against him. Only now, emboldened by the Times expose, these women are coming forward.
Slowly but surely, the stories are beginning to surface with increasing frequency. Below are the accounts of all the women who were allegedly subjected to his sexually deviant behavior.
1. Ashley Judd
The Times expose opened with a powerful story about Ashley Judd when, two decades ago, she was allegedly invited to Weinstein’s Peninsula Beverly Hills hotel room. A young actor at the time, she assumed it was for a business breakfast meeting. However, when she arrived, she claims she found Weinstein waiting in a bathrobe. He asked her for a massage or if she could watch him shower. “How do I get out of the room as fast as possible without alienating Harvey Weinstein?” Judd told the Times she remembers thinking.
Thank you, Jake. https://t.co/bG2Itzes0a
— ashley judd (@AshleyJudd) October 9, 2017
For Variety‘s Women in Power Issue in 2015, Judd previously shared the story of her encounter, albeit without mentioning Weinstein by name. In detail, the actor described how one of the industry’s most famous movie moguls had lured her into his hotel room and made sexual advances on her. At the time, she told Variety, “This will be familiar to all the women to whom this has happened. I have a feeling we are a legion.”
2. Rose McGowan
The Times piece also identified Rose McGowan, who starred in the Weinstein-distributed 1996 film Scream, as a victim. A legal document reviewed by the Times revealed that the then-23-year-old actor had reached a $100,00 settlement with Weinstein over an incident in a hotel room during the Sundance Film Festival. The legal document reportedly underscored that it was “not to be construed as an admission” by Weinstein but intended to “avoid litigation and buy peace.”
In October of 2016, McGowan alluded to her abuse, tweeting, “Because my ex sold our movie to my rapist for distribution #WhyWomenDontReport.” Although McGowan doesn’t specifically reference Weinstein by name, her film Planet Terror was distributed by Weinstein in 2007. And at the time she made the movie, she was dating filmmaker Robert Rodriguez.
McGowan, who has for years been vocal about the problems in the industry, has become the voice of the Weinstein resistance since the Times piece went live. In addition to calling for the dissolution of The Weinstein Company’s entire board for what she says is its complicity in covering up Weinstein’s behavior, McGowan continues to bring to light her story as well as the stories of other women who were victimized by Weinstein.
Women fight on. And to the men out there, stand up. We need you as allies. #bebrave
— rose mcgowan (@rosemcgowan) October 5, 2017
3. Asia Argento
In an investigative piece by Ronan Farrow, the son of Mia Farrow and Woody Allen, Italian actor and director Asia Argento revealed that Weinstein forced oral sex on her. At the time, she was working on the film B. Monkey, which was released in 1999 in the U.S. by Miramax. She was 21 and a rising actor when she was invited to what she was led to believe was a Miramax party at Hôtel du Cap-Eden-Roc on the French Riviera. However, when she arrived, there was no party — just Weinstein. At one point, Weinstein left the room and returned in a bathrobe with a bottle of lotion, asking Argento for a massage. At first, she resisted, she said, but eventually reluctantly agreed. It was then that Weinstein allegedly pushed her skirt up, forced her legs apart and performed oral sex on her as she pleaded for him to stop.
— Asia Argento (@AsiaArgento) October 10, 2017
On Twitter this week, Argento shared a clip of a film she directed in 1999 that mirrored her experience with Weinstein. Also supporting her story is Argento’s boyfriend, Anthony Bourdain, who is currently dragging Weinstein and anyone complicit in Weinstein’s history of harassment/assault.
Watching the media tiptoe around its decades long silence on #Weinstein makes me miss David Carr even more ferociously
— Anthony Bourdain (@Bourdain) October 8, 2017
4. Mira Sorvino
Mira Sorvino, who starred in multiple Weinstein films, told Farrow that she also found herself alone in a hotel room with Weinstein during her early career. The year was 1995 during the Toronto International Film Festival. They were there to promote the film Mighty Aphrodite when Weinstein invited Sorvino to his room, presumably to discuss the film. “He started massaging my shoulders, which made me very uncomfortable, and then tried to get more physical, sort of chasing me around,” she said.
Sorvino managed to get out of the room that night, but weeks later, Weinstein called her back in NYC to request another meeting. After calling a friend to come over and pose as her boyfriend, Sorvino “freaked out” when Weinstein arrived at her apartment earlier than expected. “I opened the door terrified, brandishing my twenty-pound Chihuahua mix in front of me, as though that would do any good,” she said. When she explained to Weinstein her boyfriend was on his way over, the film exec angrily left.
5. Emma de Caunes
French actor Emma de Caunes met Weinstein in 2010 at a party during Cannes Film Festival. Months later, he reached out to her about meeting in Paris under the guise of needing a strong female lead for a film he was producing. Weinstein claimed the movie was an adaptation of a book, but he couldn’t remember the title. “But I’ll give it to you. I have it in my room,” he reportedly told de Caunes.
Once in the room, de Caunes took a phone call, at which point Weinstein disappeared into the bathroom. Moments later, he walked out naked and with an erection. He then allegedly told de Caunes to lie on the bed and told her that “many other women had done so before her.” De Caunes told Farrow she was petrified but afraid to show it. “It was like a hunter with a wild animal. The fear turns him on.” She immediately left.
6. Rosanna Arquette
Rosanna Arquette agreed to meet up with Weinstein in the early ’90s to pick up a script for a new film. When Arquette arrived at the room, Weinstein allegedly answered the door in a white bathrobe. He said his neck was sore and asked for a massage. When Arquette told him she could refer a good masseuse, the movie mogul forced her hand onto his neck. When she jerked away, he then tried to place it on his penis, which was reportedly visible and erect. “My heart was really racing. I was in a fight-or-flight moment,” she told Farrow for The New Yorker. After telling Weinstein she would never do that, the film exec told her she was making a huge mistake by rejecting him. And, says Arquette, “He made things very difficult for me for years.”
7. Angelina Jolie
During the ’90s when Angelina Jolie was working on the film Playing by Heart, she endured an encounter with Weinstein during which he allegedly made unwanted advances on her in a hotel room. “I had a bad experience with Harvey Weinstein in my youth, and as a result, chose to never work with him again and warn others when they did,” she told the Times in an email. “This behavior toward women in any field, any country is unacceptable.”
8. Ambra Battilana Gutierrez
One of the most recent victims to come forward, Ambra Battilana Gutierrez — a Miss Italy contestant finalist — met Weinstein in 2015 at the reception for a show he was producing at Radio City Music Hall. Gutierrez, 22, recalled to Farrow that Weinstein repeatedly remarked how much she looked like actor Mila Kunis. He soon after requested a meeting, to which Gutierrez brought her modeling portfolio under the assumption it would be a business meeting. But shortly into the meeting, Weinstein asked if Gutierrez’s breasts were real before lunging at and groping them. He also tried to force his hand up her skirt, says Gutierrez. When she continued to protest, Weinstein backed off, gave her tickets to his Broadway production of Finding Neverland and told her he’d meet her there that night.
Instead, Gutierrez went to the NYPD and reported the assault. When she failed to appear at the show, an irate Weinstein called her. The police saw an opportunity, convincing Gutierrez to wear a wire and meet up with the movie mogul. The tapes, which have now been released, reveal a tense conversation during which Weinstein admits to groping the young model.
This is what a powerful, professional predator sounds like in action : https://t.co/0vDC5PW6Gh
— Anthony Bourdain (@Bourdain) October 10, 2017
9. Jessica Barth
Actor Jessica Barth (Next, Ted, Ted 2) told Farrow she met Weinstein at a Golden Globes party in 2011. When the movie exec asked Barth to meet him at the Peninsula, she agreed. When she arrived, though, she was asked to come to his room. At the time, Weinstein assured her it was “no big deal” and that he just wanted privacy to “talk career stuff.” In the room, Barth claims she discovered Weinstein with a bottle of Champagne and sushi. He then reportedly proceeded to alternate between offering her movie roles and sexually harassing her. “‘So, what would happen if, say, we’re having some champagne and I take my clothes off and you give me a massage?'” Barth recounted Weinstein asking. “And I’m like, ‘That’s not going to happen.'”
When Barth got up to leave, Weinstein reacted harshly, telling her out of spite that she need to lose weight to “compete with Mila Kunis.” Barth told Farrow she burst into tears upon leaving, but that she did share the harrowing experience with two people — whom Farrow contacted and who corroborated Barth’s account.
10. Gwyneth Paltrow
When Gwyneth Paltrow was 22, she was cast to play the lead in the movie adaptation of Jane Austen’s Emma. Because the film was being produced by Weinstein, the young actor didn’t find it out of the ordinary when he requested a meeting at the Peninsula Beverly Hills hotel. And while it began innocently enough, Paltrow told the Times it ended with Weinstein making unwanted sexual advances — including touching her and suggesting they give each other massages in the bedroom. “I was a kid, I was signed up, I was petrified,” Paltrow revealed. Although she refused Weinstein’s advances, she admitted, “I thought he was going to fire me.”
Paltrow also divulged that she told her then-boyfriend, Brad Pitt, about the exchange. Pitt then reportedly confronted Weinstein at a movie premiere, telling him that he wouldn’t do anything like that to Paltrow again… or else (else, in this case, was reportedly a “Missouri whooping”). A representative of Pitt’s has since confirmed this narrative of events to the Times.
11. Romola Garai
British actor Romola Garai (Vanity Fair, Atonement, Suffragette) was only 18 when Weinstein called her in for an “audition” that ultimately proved to be much more sinister in nature. “Like every other woman in the industry, I’ve had an ‘audition’ with Harvey Weinstein, where I’d actually already had the audition but you had to be personally approved by him,” she told The Guardian. “So I had to go to his hotel room in the Savoy, and he answered the door in his bathrobe. I was only 18. I felt violated by it, it has stayed very clearly in my memory.”
12. Katherine Kendall
In 1993, when Swingers‘ Katherine Kendall was 23, Weinstein set up a meeting with the young actor through her agent. After sending her several scripts, he invited Kendall to a screening in a cinema near Lincoln Center in Manhattan. And after the screening, he said he needed to drop by his apartment to pick something up, Kendall told the Times. Once in the apartment, it wasn’t long before Weinstein went into the bathroom and allegedly emerged wearing only a robe and asking for a massage. “‘Everybody does it,'” Weinstein said, according to Kendall. Her refusal only seemed to excite Weinstein more, as he left the room and returned in the nude. “He literally chased me,” she said. “He wouldn’t let me pass him to get to the door.”
13. Heather Graham
In an exclusive interview with Variety, Heather Graham recalled her own disturbing experience with Weinstein in the early 2000s. It started when Weinstein invited the star into his office to discuss a pile of potential scripts. While that seemed straightforward enough, Weinstein then pivoted the conversation problematically.
“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,” Graham told Variety. “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.”
14. Cara Delevingne
In a lengthy Instagram post on Oct. 11, Delevingne detailed a pair of uncomfortable interactions she had had with Weinstein early in her career.
“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,” she wrote. “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.”
The second interaction Delevingne recounts is even more harrowing.
“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,” she wrote. “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.”
Delevingne continued, “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 Delevingne arrived in Weinstein’s hotel room, she said another woman was there, and she immediately felt safer. But that didn’t last.
“He asked us to kiss and she began some sort of advances upon his direction,” she wrote. “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.”
Delevingne said Weinstein still offered her a part in the movie he was casting, but that she always felt like he may have only given it to her because of that encounter in his hotel room.
“I was so hesitant about speaking out,” she wrote. “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.”
15. Léa Seydoux
Léa Seydoux — known for her roles in Blue Is the Warmest Color and Spectre — is the latest woman to come forward claiming Harvey Weinstein sexually attacked her.
In an op-ed for the Guardian, Seydoux (who worked with Weinstein on Inglorious Bastards) said she met Weinstein and his female assistant in the lobby of a hotel. “All throughout the evening, he flirted and stared at me as if I was a piece of meat,” she explained. “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.”
But things escalated when his assistant left. “We were talking on the sofa when he suddenly jumped on me and tried to kiss me. I had to defend myself,” she said. “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.”
If you’re experiencing sexual harassment in the workplace and are unsure what to do, call the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission at 800-669-4000 for help.