The sex scandal centering around Hollywood film executive Harvey Weinstein continues to get darker and messier. What began as multiple allegations involving actresses and TV personalities being inappropriately sexually harassed by Weinstein has now grown into deeper allegations of rape, with more and more major actresses coming forward to share their testimonies.
Today, news has travelled quickly as Gwyneth Paltrow and Angelina Jolie (both linked to Brad Pitt) have shared how Weinstein tried to get them to be involved sexually with them. Paltrow shared how Weinstein tried touching her and getting her to give him a massage, which she declined. And Jolie shared, “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.”
And then there are the rape allegations, reports E Online. Several women have claimed Weinstein raped them; some of them are going public, while others wish to remain anonymous. Actress Rosanna Arquette is one of the more famous names who has publicly shared how Weinstein forced himself upon her.
But what's becoming even more complicated is that some major Hollywood actors are being accused of helping to cover up Weinstein's misdeeds. Actress Rose McGowan, who has come forward as one of the women who was paid off to not testify that Weinstein harassed her, has now pointed the finger at Matt Damon, Ben Affleck, and Casey Affleck as helping to keep the truth about Weinstein quiet.
In a series of tweets, McGowan references an article that was written over 10 years ago implicating Weinstein in sexual misconduct. The article's writer shared how after receiving pressure from Matt Damon and Russel Crowe, she was forced to can her story, reports E Online.
As for Weinstein? He has been thus far forced out of his studio and is issuing various statements through his lawyer, some of which admit guilt and some that deny it. Here's a recent statement:
"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."
The statement continued, "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."
What do you think of the fact that Weinstein was allowed to get away with this type of behavior for so long? Do you think that some major actors and film executives helped keep the misconduct silent? Share your thoughts in the comments! Thank you! You can hear more about Jolie and Paltrow coming forward against Weinstein here.