Harvey Weinstein, an infamous Hollywood producer, is facing multiple sexual harassment and rape allegations by women in the Hollywood industry. Weinstein has produced several notable films including “Good Will Hunting,” “Scream,” “Gangs of New York,” “Shakespeare in Love,” and many others. He is also the co-founder of a successful production company, Miramax.
Actress Ashley Judd, who made a controversial political name for herself after her "I am a nasty woman" speech at a women's march this year, first came forward about her unsettling experiences with Weinstein in a media interview at the beginning of October. When arriving at her boss’s hotel room for what she thought was a meeting, she left feeling very uncomfortable after facing an unexpected scenario of him requesting a massage and offering her to watch him shower.
Since then, several other women in the industry have shared their testimony, making similar accusations against Weinstein.
Originally, the New York Times reported that at least 8 women had previously reached a settlement with the producer in relation to sexual harassment, but the actual number of his victims is expected to be much higher. Assistants, models, and rising actresses were among those who accused Weinstein over the past few decades.
On Tuesday, October 10th, more well-known celebrities have come forward in being a victim of Weinstein’s including award-winning American actresses Gwyneth Paltrow and Angelina Jolie. Both actresses revealed details of their traumatizing experiences to the Times.
Paltrow, star of “Emma,” “Sliding Doors,” “Shakespeare in Love,” and many other Hollywood movies, also arrived at Weinstein’s hotel room in an almost identical situation as Judd’s years ago. At the time, she was only 22 years old and entering the start of her very successful career.
Weinstein put his hands on her, suggesting massages. Paltrow, who was dating actor Brad Pitt at the time, told her boyfriend about the situation. Pitt warned the producer not to touch his girlfriend again, according to the Times, which resulted in Weinstein threatening them to keep quiet.
Jolie, who is currently still married to Pitt, also revealed that she was victimized in the late 1990s. Weinstein reportedly came onto her in a hotel room but she refused, which is very similar to other victim’s stories.
Jolie stated, “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.”
According to People, Weinstein has denied multiple of these allegations. One of his representatives released the following 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.”
If you or someone you know is dealing with a sexual harassment situation, please call the National Sexual Assault Hotline at 800.656.HOPE (4673) for any assistance. We will be praying for those who have been affected by sexual harassment and are in need of hope and help.
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