Three women have accused Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein of rape, according to a bombshell report released Tuesday by The New Yorker.
A report by Ronan Farrow claims that three women, including actress Asia Argento, told him they were raped by Mr. Weinstein and accused the film producer of “forcibly performing or receiving oral sex and forcing vaginal sex.”
An additional four women reportedly told Mr. Farrow that they experienced “unwanted touching that could be classified as an assault” at the hands of Mr. Weinstein, who was fired this week from the board of his company following a New York Times report that he paid off eight sexual harassment accusers over the span of decades.
“In the course of a ten-month investigation, I was told by thirteen women that, between the nineteen-nineties and 2015, Weinstein sexually harassed or assaulted them, allegations that corroborate and overlap with the Times’s revelations, and also include far more serious claims,” Mr. Farrow wrote.
He said four of the women he interviewed cited encounters in which Mr. Weinstein “exposed himself or masturbated in front of them.”
Mr. Farrow said “virtually all of the people” he interviewed said they were frightened of retaliation by Mr. Weinstein if they went public.
“Four actresses, including Mira Sorvino and Rosanna Arquette, told me they suspected that, after they rejected Weinstein’s advances or complained about them to company representatives, Weinstein had them removed from projects or dissuaded people from hiring them,” Mr. Farrow wrote.
Mr. Weinstein has denied the new allegations.
“Any allegations of non-consensual sex are unequivocally denied by Mr. Weinstein,” Sallie Hofmeister, a spokesperson for Mr. Weinstein, said in a statement. “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.”
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