Harvey Weinstein's Accusers
On Oct. 5, the New York Times dropped a bombshell report detailing “decades” worth of sexual harassment allegations against disgraced Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein. Eight such women shared their stories in the exposé, which claimed Weinstein made settlements with numerous people, including actress Rose McGowan. Weinstein responded with a statement, explaining his behavior was the product of having come of age in the ‘60s and ‘70s, apologizing to the women he’s hurt, and vowing (with a quote from JAY-Z) to do better. His advisor, Lisa Bloom (who has since resigned), said in a statement, “He denies many of the accusations as patently false.”
Days after the report hit, the mogul was fired by the board of the company that bears his name. But the revelations didn’t end there: On Oct. 10, the Times followed up its original story with new allegations, including those from powerful A-listers Gwyneth Paltrow and Angelina Jolie (both of whom have won accolades for their work with Weinstein). That same day, The New Yorker published a damning report of its own, this one including three allegations of sexual assault and a 2015 audio clip in which Weinstein is heard admitting to groping Italian model Ambra Battilana Gutierrez. The former executive released a statement asserting that “any allegations of non-consensual sex are unequivocally denied by Mr. Weinstein,” promising that he had begun counseling, and expressing hope that “if he makes enough progress, he will be given a second chance.”
Weinstein’s wife, Marchesa designer Georgina Chapman, announced later that day that she was leaving him. Countless celebrities have now publicly condemned the formerly feared and respected producer — and many more women have now come forward with allegations about their own experiences with him. See his accusers ahead. (This post will be updated as more allegations surface.)
Paz de la Huerta
In an interview with Vanity Fair, the former Boardwalk Empire actress claimed Weinstein allegedly raped her twice in 2010. (Weinstein, through his lawyer, has denied all allegations of non-consensual sex.) The actress said she was 26 when she ran into the producer at a hotel bar in New York and claimed Weinstein offered to give her a ride home. “Things got very uncomfortable very fast,” de la Huerta said of Weinstein, who she alleged demanded to come inside her apartment for a drink. “Immediately when we got inside the house, he started to kiss me and I kind of brushed [him] away. Then he pushed me into the bed and his pants were down and he lifted up my skirt. I felt afraid… It wasn’t consensual… It happened very quickly… ” she claimed. Later that year, de la Huerta had been drinking before returning home from a photo shoot and allegedly found Weinstein waiting for her in her building lobby. “He hushed me and said, ‘Let’s talk about this in your apartment.’ I was in no state. I was so terrified of him,” said the actress. “I did say no, and when he was on top of me I said, ‘I don’t want to do this.’ He kept humping me and it was disgusting. He’s like a pig… He raped me.”
In a harrowing account published in The New Yorker, actress Annabella Sciorra alleged that Weinstein violently raped her in the early 1990s and repeatedly sexually harassed her over the next several years. (Weinstein, through his representative, denied the allegations of non-consensual sex.) Although the Sopranos actress was first contacted by journalist Ronan Farrow earlier this year while he was working on his Weinstein exposé, she was reportedly so reluctant to talk about what allegedly happened that she initially denied any inappropriate behavior by the producer. Sciorra finally came forward as the accusations against Weinstein continued to mount. “I was so scared. I was looking out the window of my living room, and I faced the water of the East River,” Sciorra said of her initial conversation with Farrow. “I really wanted to tell you. I was like, ‘This is the moment you’ve been waiting for your whole life ….’ I really, really panicked. I was shaking. And I just wanted to get off the phone.” She added, “Even now, as I tell you, and have had all these women around saying it’s okay, I’m petrified again.”
Speaking with Ronan Farrow for a follow-up to his bombshell New Yorker exposé on Weinstein, Daryl Hannah recalled multiple instances in which Weinstein allegedly harassed her. When she appeared in the Weinstein-produced Kill Bill: Vol. 1 in 2003, Hannah said, Weinstein pounded on the door of her hotel room at the Cannes Film Festival to try to gain entrance on more than one evening, prompting her to escape out a back entrance one night and to barricade herself in her room using furniture another night. A year later, at the Italian premiere of Kill Bill: Vol. 2 in Rome, Hannah said, she was in her hotel room with a male makeup artist when Weinstein allegedly used a key to “burst in like a raging bull.” Hannah said, “I know with every fiber of my being that if my male makeup artist was not in that room, things would not have gone well.” Later that night, Weinstein allegedly asked if he could feel Hannah’s breasts, a request she forcefully denied. According to Hannah, she faced immediate repercussions, as her flight to Cannes and hotel reservation were canceled. “I think that it doesn’t matter if you’re a well-known actress, it doesn’t matter if you’re 20 or if you’re 40, it doesn’t matter if you report or if you don’t, because we are not believed,” Hannah said. “We are more than not believed — we are berated and criticized and blamed.”
The OA star shared her own personal encounter with Weinstein when he requested a meeting with her in 2014. In an essay for The Atlantic, Marling recalls an uncomfortable encounter similar to those of the dozens of other women who have stepped forward with their stories. “I, too, went to the meeting thinking that perhaps my entire life was about to change for the better,” she says. “I, too, was asked to meet him in a hotel bar. I, too, met a young, female assistant there who said the meeting had been moved upstairs to his suite because he was a very busy man. I, too, felt my guard go up but was calmed by the presence of another woman my age beside me. I, too, felt terror in the pit of my stomach when that young woman left the room and I was suddenly alone with him. I, too, was asked if I wanted a massage, champagne, strawberries. I, too, sat in that chair paralyzed by mounting fear when he suggested we shower together.” Claiming to know Weinstein had other ideas for how their meeting would go, the actress says she gathered her belongings and left.
The 12 Years a Slave Oscar winner detailed multiple “awkward” experiences and “harassment by Harvey Weinstein” in a New York Times essay. Beginning in 2011 when she was a Yale School of Drama student, the actress claims she was led to Weinstein’s bedroom where he asked to give her a massage. Trying to maintain some control of the situation, she says she offered to instead massage him, eventually excusing herself from the room when he allegedly wanted to remove his pants. Months later at a dinner, she declined his offer to move things to his “private room upstairs.” “You have no idea what you are passing up,” Nyong’o alleged Weinstein telling her. After her Oscar win, the actress says Weinstein expressed shame for his previous actions and offered her roles in his movies, which she declined. “I hope we are in a pivotal moment where a sisterhood — and brotherhood of allies — is being formed in our industry. I hope we can form a community where a woman can speak up about abuse and not suffer another abuse by not being believed and instead being ridiculed. That’s why we don’t speak up — for fear of suffering twice, and for fear of being labeled and characterized by our moment of powerlessness. Though we may have endured powerlessness at the hands of Harvey Weinstein, by speaking up, speaking out and speaking together, we regain that power,” she wrote.
Rosenbaum was in her early 20s when she first met Weinstein. Talking to the New York Times, the Canadian actress, now 37, claimed to have found herself in numerous uncomfortable situations with Weinstein over the next few years — including a presumed business meeting that resulted in the producer talking her into giving him a massage in his hotel room. “I’m massaging his back, feeling like a total idiot,” she said. “And angry and humiliated because I know that walking out of there I cannot tell anybody about this without sounding like I walked into it willingly.” In the years to come, Rosenbaum claimed she maintained her communication with Weinstein in the hopes he would ultimately help her career. However their next encounter, she alleged, resulted in a far worse scenario. “He answered the door with no pants on. As far as I could tell, he was just wearing a dress shirt. He apologized outright and said that he was rushing to get ready and he was going to have to take a shower and can I talk to him in the shower,” she said in a shaky voice heard in the Times’ audio file. “He brought me into the bathroom. I don’t remember what I said, if I said anything at all. I think I was too afraid to say anything. He held me by the back of the neck and had me face the mirror and said, ‘I just want to look at you,’ and then he started masturbating behind me. He was holding me by the back of the neck and looking right into my face. I remember seeing my own face in the mirror and I just could not believe that I was standing there. I could not believe that I had let this happen. And I felt incredibly guilty.”
In an interview on the Dudley and Bob with Matt Show podcast, the Blade Runner actress claimed Weinstein once exposed himself to her while she was working on 1992’s Love Crimes, a film produced by his former production company Miramax. “I personally experienced him pulling his you-know-what out of his pants in order to shock me. And my basic response was, ‘You know, Harvey, I really don’t think you should be pulling that thing out, it’s not very pretty,’” she told the hosts. “And then leaving, and then never having another meeting with that guy again, because it was like, ‘What on earth?'”
The Russian TV host, who is also the head of Russia’s international film promotion body Roskino, alleges she was sexually harassed by Weinstein. Mtsitouridze told The Hollywood Reporter that after years of Weinstein trying to set up a meeting between the two, she finally agreed under the guise it would be in a crowded hotel restaurant. Instead, she says she was greeted by Weinstein’s assistant, who claimed the producer was under the weather and had moved their lunch to his hotel room. Once in the room, Mtsitouridze says the assistant disappeared and she was left alone with Weinstein. “I was frozen into immobility like a statue, because a well-known producer with whom I’ve come to discuss modern Russian writers, was in a bathrobe,” she says. Mtsitouridze added that Weinstein allegedly told her: “I waited for the masseuse, but she’s late. We can have fun without her. Let’s relax.” When a waiter suddenly entered the room, the host says she turned and ran.
The actress, who appeared on an episode of The Facts of Life (seen here), alleged in a press conference with attorney Gloria Allred on Oct. 20 that Weinstein exposed himself to her. “He asked me if I was good,” Kerr claimed. “I started to tell him about my training and acting experience and he said, ‘No. I need to know if you’re good.’ He said if he was going to introduce me around town he needed to know if I was ‘good.’ He kept repeating that word. I offered to provide him with a reel. He had this sleazy smile on his face. Because he was sitting so close on this couch I started to get a sick feeling in my stomach. The next thing I knew he unzipped his pants and pulled out his penis.” According to Kerr, Weinstein put her hand on his genitals. Weinstein, through his representative, has denied any allegations of non-consensual sex.
The Game of Thrones actress accused Weinstein of sexual harassment on two ocassions. Of the second, a business meeting, she claimed, “He asked me a few questions about the state of my love life. I shifted the conversation back to something less personal. Then he went to the loo. He came back and said, ‘Let’s go up to the room, I want to give you a script.’ We walked to the lift and the energy shifted. My whole body went into high alert. The lift was going up and I said to Harvey, ‘I’m not interested in anything other than work, please don’t think I got in here with your any other reason, nothing is going to happen.’ I don’t know what possessed me to speak out at that moment, only that I had such a strong sense of ‘don’t come near me.’ He was silent after I spoke, furious. We got out of the lift and walked to his room. His hand was on my back, he was marching me forward, not a word. I felt completely powerless, he tried his key card and it didn’t work. Then he got really angry. He walked me back to the lift, through the hotel to the valet, by grabbing and holding tightly to the back of my arm. He paid for my car and whispered in my ear, ‘Don’t tell anyone about this, not your manager, not your agent.’ I got into my car and I cried.”
The Teaching Mrs. Tingle actress alleged Weinstein propositioned her during a business meeting at the Peninsula Hotel in Los Angeles. “He told me that he has a lot of ‘special friends’ and they give each other massages,” Coughlan alleged. “It was a full-court press. He wanted me to be one of his ‘special friends’ and go into the bedroom. I told him that I had a serious boyfriend and reminded him that he was married and that we should keep this professional. I was so blindsided. Not one ounce of me anticipated it. It was the weirdest meeting I’ve ever had in my life.”
In an Instagram post, the British actress alleged Weinstein “coerced” her into a private meeting, where he “propositioned a ‘personal’ relationship to further” Anderson’s career. According to the actress, Weinstein also tried to put her had on his “lap.” Anderson wrote she managed to leave the room without further incident.
Speaking on the Canadian talk show The Social, the Beautiful Girls star alleged Weinstein sexually harassed her during a business meeting. “When I read the New York Times story, I was floored. It was my story,” Holly claimed, adding she felt a “responsibility” to come forward. According to Holly, Weinstein showered in front of her and allegedly moved toward her after he was done. “He told me I looked stressed. He said that maybe he thought I could use a massage,” she claimed. “Maybe I could give him a massage. I began sort of babbling like I was a child. I think it was fear. I said, ‘I don’t know how to give a massage, I don’t have a massage license. Maybe if I called the front desk I could get a masseuse to come here.’ I didn’t know what to do, honestly. And then he began to get angry. And I began to get really afraid to be honest. I had to get out of there.” Holly claimed she “pushed him and ran” after the alleged incident. She was compelled to speak out after the Times story published on Oct. 5. “It was exactly what I happened to me. What made me really angry was his first response when he said he was going to sue the New York Times. I thought, ‘Oh, no, sir. This is the truth. This is who you are.'”
In an Instagram post, the Friday Night Lights actress alleged Weinstein propositioned her during a lunch meeting. “He bullsh–[ed] me for 5 minutes re: movies he could put me in, then asked the assistant to excuse us,” Kelly wrote on Instagram. “As she walked away, he said, ‘I know you were feeling what I was feeling when we met the other night’ and then regaled me with offers of a lavish life filled with trips around the world on private planes etc. IF I would be his girlfriend. Or, ‘We could just keep this professional.’ All I knew was not to offend this very powerful man and to get out of the situation as quickly as possible. I told him while flattered, I’d like to keep things professional. He said ‘Fine. I trust you won’t tell anyone about this.’ I said, ‘Of course not. Thank you so much for taking the time to meet with me,’ — the only way I could think to shut it down gracefully and excuse myself.”
In an interview with TMZ, actress Angie Everhart alleged that Weinstein masturbated in front of her at the Cannes Film Festival more than a decade ago. “I was at the Cannes Film Festival, I was on a friend’s boat. Harvey walked in, walked in front of me, took his pants down, did his thing, exited on the floor — if you know what I mean? — pulled his pants back up, said, ‘You’re a really nice girl, don’t tell anybody about this,’ and left.”
Ashley Judd was the most high-profile star to participate in The New York Times’ initial exposé. During production on Kiss the Girls 20 years ago, the actress alleges that Weinstein invited her to breakfast. Upon arriving at his hotel, she was directed to his suite rather than the restaurant; in the room, she claims, he asked her to give him a massage, then to help him pick out what to wear that day, then if she would watch him shower. “I said no, a lot of ways, a lot of times, and he always came back at me with some new ask,” Judd said. She claims she escaped by telling him she would only let him touch her if she won an Oscar for appearing in one of his films.
While working as a production assistant on Weinstein’s first movie The Burning, Wachowiak claims the producer exposed himself to her. Speaking with the Buffalo News, Wachowiak recalls a day when she was asked to bring some checks to Weinstein’s hotel room so he could sign them. “When I got into the room I realized that he was holding a hand towel around his waist,” she says. Wachowiak claims Weinstein then dropped the towel after taking the folder containing the checks, and asked her to give him a massage. “He sat on the bed with the folder over his groin and pointed to checks and asked me why we were paying for this or that,” she adds. She says he refused to touch him and left the room. It wasn’t until the end of the shoot when Wachowiak says she ran into Weinstein again. This time, she alleges, he approached her in his car and asked, ”So, was seeing me naked the highlight of your internship?”
Gwyneth Paltrow, the onetime Miramax muse who took home an Oscar in 1999 for her performance in the Weinstein-produced awards juggernaut Shakespeare in Love, sent shockwaves through the industry when she shared her own claims of the mogul’s harassment in the second New York Times exposé. Before she began work on the Weinstein-produced Emma, Paltrow alleges he invited her — then 22 and on the verge of stardom — to his hotel suite for a work meeting, during which he touched her and suggested massages. “I was a kid, I was signed up, I was petrified,” she tells the Times. She confided in her boyfriend at the time, Brad Pitt, who confronted the producer. Paltrow says Weinstein then “screamed at me” and, she claims, warned her not to mention the incident to anyone else.
Jolie claims she also rejected Weinstein’s advances in a hotel room in the late ‘90s. “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 alleged in the second New York Times exposé on the producer. “This behavior towards women in any field, any country is unacceptable.”
The New York Times reported that, 20 years ago, Weinstein reached a settlement for $100,000 with Rose McGowan, then 23, following an undisclosed incident in a hotel room at the Sundance Film Festival. The New York Times noted the settlement was “not to be construed as an admission,” per Weinstein, but rather a way to avoid going to court. McGowan did not comment for the Times’’ exposé, but did tweet following its publication, “Women fight on. And to the men out there, stand up. We need you as allies. #bebrave.” A week after the first report, amid the barrage of new allegations, McGowan went further, claiming “HW raped me” in a series of tweets addressed to Amazon boss Jeff Bezos. In reply, Weinstein’s rep promptly issued the statement, “Any allegations of non-consensual sex are unequivocally denied by Mr. Weinstein.”
Cara Delevingne spoke out on social media following the trio of exposés. “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,” she wrote in a lengthy Instagram post. “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.” Later, Delevingne claims, during a meeting with Weinstein, before she was cast in the Weinstein release Tulip Fever, the producer “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 wrote that Weinstein “invited me to his room” and claims that when she arrived, there was a woman inside. She says Weinstein directed that the two women should kiss and then tried to kiss her when Delevingne went 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.”
Two days after the second round of reports, Kate Beckinsale joined the list of actresses sharing their stories, posting a photograph of her teenage self to her Instagram account with a lengthy caption alleging the details of her first encounter with the mogul in his hotel room when she was 17. “He opened the door in his bathrobe,” the actress writes. “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.” She claims to have rejected him multiple times in the years after, and believes that doing so hurt her career. She also alleges that a male friend of hers once warned another young actress about Weinstein, only to receive a call the following day informing him that he would never work on a Miramax project again.
The actress and filmmaker, who worked with Weinstein for the release of the 1997 film B. Monkey, claimed to the New Yorker that Weinstein raped her by forcibly performing oral sex on her. “The thing with being a victim is, I feel responsible,” Argento said. “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.” Afterward, Argento developed a complicated relationship with Weinstein, and admitted to “consensual sexual relations with him multiple times over the course of the next five years,” the New Yorker reported. Said the actress: “When I see him, it makes me feel little and stupid and weak. After the rape, he won.” Weinstein, through a representative, denied the sexual assault claims: “Any allegations of non-consensual sex are unequivocally denied by Mr. Weinstein.”
Evans told The New Yorker Weinstein “assaulted” her during an incident in 2004. “He forced me to perform oral sex on him,” she alleged. “I said, over and over, ‘I don’t want to do this, stop, don’t.’… I tried to get away, but maybe I didn’t try hard enough. I didn’t want to kick him or fight him,” she claimed. “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.” In a statement released to the New Yorker, a representative for Weinstein said, “Any allegations of non-consensual sex are unequivocally denied by Mr. Weinstein. Mr. Weinstein has further confirmed that there were never any acts of retaliation against any women for refusing his advances. Mr. Weinstein obviously can’t speak to anonymous allegations, but with respect to any women who have made allegations on the record, Mr. Weinstein believes that all of these relationships were consensual. Mr. Weinstein has begun counseling, has listened to the community and is pursuing a better path. Mr. Weinstein is hoping that, if he makes enough progress, he will be given a second chance.”
Ambra Battilana Gutierrez
Italian model Ambra Battilana Gutierrez met Harvey Weinstein in 2015 when she was 22. Following their initial meeting, Weinstein allegedly contacted her to set up another discussion, where she claims he groped her and tried to reach up her skirt. Gutierrez immediately went to the police, who gave her a wire to wear the next time she saw him. The recording of her next meeting with Weinstein — during which he tried to convince her to enter his hotel room, and then explains his previous behavior by saying, “I’m used to that” — was made public for the first time by The New Yorker. After a two-week investigation, the District Attorney’s office opted not to file charges. According to the publication’s unidentified source, Gutierrez, who did not comment for any of the new reports, signed a nondisclosure agreement which included an affidavit stating that the behavior discussed in the recording never happened.
In the wake of the New York Times and New Yorker articles, Heather Graham joined the women sharing stories of Weinstein’s alleged misconduct. In an essay published by Variety, the actress claims that in the early 2000s Weinstein met with her, offered to give her a role, and informed her that his wife allowed him to “sleep with whomever he wanted when he was out of town.” While he didn’t explicitly proposition her, Graham claims the implication left her feeling “uneasy.” She never met with him alone again after that, and never appeared in one of his films.
In an interview with French radio, the former James Bond actress’ mother relayed claims about an alleged meeting her daughter had with Weinstein. Green later elaborated on her mother’s allegations in a statement to Variety. “I wish to address comments made by my mother in a recent interview regarding Harvey Weinstein. I met him for a business meeting in Paris at which he behaved inappropriately and I had to push him off. I got away without it going further, but the experience left me shocked and disgusted.” Green, who starred in Sin City: A Dame to Kill For, which was released by The Weinstein Company, said she hadn’t gone public with the allegations because of a wish to “maintain my privacy.” The actress said she changed course as other women came forward with similar allegations. “I understand it is important to do so as I hear about other women’s experiences. Women are often condemned when they speak out and their personal reputations tarnished by association. I salute the great bravery of the women who have come forward. We should recognize that this sort of behavior exists everywhere and is not unique to the entertainment industry. The exploitation of power is ubiquitous. This behavior is unacceptable and needs to be eliminated.”
After the New York Times and New Yorker exposés hit, Léa Seydoux was among the actresses who added an alleged Weinstein anecdote to the growing list. The French actress claims she met the mogul a few years ago at Paris Fashion Week. Following their introduction, Weinstein allegedly invited her to have a meeting at his hotel to discuss her career. Once there, she claims he quickly dropped that subject and “suddenly jumped on me and tried to kiss me.” Seydoux tells The Guardian: “He’s big and fat, so I had to be forceful to resist him.”
Rosanna Arquette was among the stars who went on the record for both the New Yorker and New York Times. She claims Weinstein told her to stop by his hotel for a script in the early ’90s, at which point she was already an established actress. Reception directed Arquette to Weinstein’s room, where she claims he greeted her in a bathrobe, asked for a massage, and grabbed her hand and tried to put it on his crotch. She says she pulled away and he started listing a bunch of famous actresses, claiming them as his former sexual partners. “I’m not that girl,” she remembers telling him. “I’ll never be that girl.” She left.
In 1995, Mira Sorvino starred in the Weinstein-produced Mighty Aphrodite, for which the actress won an Oscar. Promoting the film at the Toronto International Film Festival that year, Sorvino was in a hotel room with Weinstein when he allegedly started massaging her shoulders “and then tried to get more physical, sort of chasing me around,” she told The New Yorker.
Tomi-Ann Roberts was among the women who spoke out in the second New York Times article. In 1984, at the age of 20, Roberts was pursuing an acting career in New York when she claims to have met Weinstein, who allegedly invited her to audition for a film of his. According to Roberts, Weinstein set a meeting in his hotel room, where she found him naked in the bathtub when she arrived. He suggested she take off her clothes, too, since the role she was auditioning for included a topless scene. Roberts left the hotel room and eventually left the industry. She is now a psychology professor at Colorado College — where she researches sexual objectification.
Swingers actress Katherine Kendall told The New York Times, in its second report, about an experience with Weinstein in which the producer allegedly “undressed and chased her around a living room.” At the time, she believed that if she told other people about the incident, “I’ll never work again and no one is going to care or believe me.”
French actress Judith Godrèche recalled meeting with Weinstein at the 1996 Cannes Film Festival, where her film Ridicule, which Miramax had acquired, premiered. After a breakfast with a female executive, Weinstein allegedly invited Godrèche up to his suite alone, where he asked for a massage, explaining that it’s a typical American custom. “The next thing I know, he’s pressing against me and pulling off my sweater,” Godrèche told The New York Times. When the actress asked the female Miramax executive what to do about it, she claims she was advised to remain silent.
After just one day of temporary employment with the Weinstein Company, Emily Nestor was allegedly invited to breakfast in Weinstein’s hotel room. According to reports from former colleagues, published by the New York Times, Weinstein rattled off a list of actresses he had slept with and had allegedly offered to help Nestor in her career in exchange for sexual favors. She declined. Nestor herself did not go on the record for The New York Times, but her story surfaced in the newspaper’s investigation via a company memo. In response to the Times story, Weinstein lawyer Charles Harder said his client was preparing a lawsuit against the publication and cited the memo. “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 2002, at age 24, Dawn Dunning was waitressing and doing some acting gigs as she attended design school. Dunning alleged to the New York Times that Weinstein invited her to screen test for Miramax and to have a meal with him at his hotel. She claims that when she arrived, she was told to go to his room rather than the restaurant, where a bathrobe-clad Weinstein offered her jobs on his next three movies on the condition that she participate in a threesome with him. Dunning left, and he allegedly told her, “You’ll never make it in this business.” She is now a costume designer.