All of the Hollywood Figures Who Have Spoken Out Against Harvey Weinstein
“I personally did not suck Harvey’s d—, although he showed it to me and I got out of the room before there was any physical contact,” she said on the Allegedly with Theo Vonn & Matthew Cole Weiss podcast.
“The fact is, I was fired from a job that I had been hired for in Miramax,” she continued, referring to the production company founded by Weinstein and his brother Bob. “The repercussions of standing up for yourself were as deep and targeted as some of the scars of the women who actually got more physically, unfortunately, involved.”
A spokesperson for Weinstein previously told PEOPLE in a statement that “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.”
In an emotional New York Times op ed, the 51-year-old actress detailed her experiences with Weinstein through the course of the making of the 2002 Miramax Frida Kahlo biopic Frida — claiming, among other things, that he had once threatened to kill her when she refused his advances.
“The range of his persuasion tactics went from sweet-talking me to that one time when, in an attack of fury, he said the terrifying words, ‘I will kill you, don’t think I can’t,'” she claimed.
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De la Huerta, 33, told Vanity Fair that Weinstein, 65, had allegedly raped her twice in 2010.
The actress was 26 at the time the alleged incidents occurred.
She told Vanity Fair she “did say no” to Weinstein’s advances, adding, “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.”
A rep for Weinstein told PEOPLE in a statement that “any allegations of non-consensual sex are unequivocally denied by Mr. Weinstein.”
Blade Runner actress Sean Young claims the movie mogul exposed himself to her in the early 1990s while working on Love Crimes, which was produced by Miramax.
“I personally experienced him pulling his you-know-what out of his pants to shock me,” she said on the Dudley and Bob with Matt Show podcast Thursday. “My basic response was, ‘You know, Harvey, I really don’t think you should be pulling that thing out, it’s not very pretty. ‘”
The actress said she never worked with Weinstein again after the alleged incident.
Brit Marling, the star and creator of Netflix series The OA wrote a powerful, first-person essay for The Atlantic, detailing an alleged encounter she had with Weinstein after the Sundance Film Festival in 2011, where Marling had co-written and starred in two films. In the piece, Marling claimed Weinstein asked if she wanted to “shower together” — and detailed her “fear” of offending Weinstein, “who could anoint or destroy me.”
In her essay, Marling also noted how Weinstein’s alleged sexual misconduct with numerous women should be thought of through the lens of the “economics of consent.”
“Weinstein was a gatekeeper who could give actresses a career that would sustain their lives and the livelihood of their families,” she wrote. “He could also give them fame, which is one of few ways for women to gain some semblance of power and voice inside a patriarchal world. They knew it. He knew it. Weinstein could also ensure that these women would never work again if they humiliated him. That’s not just artistic or emotional exile—that’s also economic exile.”
In a lawsuit, actress Dominique Huett claims she first met the disgraced mogul at the bar of the Peninsula Hotel in Beverly Hills in November 2010. She says the producer told her he could help with her acting career and asked to see her breasts, saying it would be beneficial for her career if she did not have implants.
The court documents claim that Weinstein asked Huett up to his room for what he said would be a business meeting before disappearing into the bathroom and returning in only a robe.
She then says that he began demanding a massage, which she performed for him after some initial back-and-forth. Weinstein asked if he could perform oral sex on her and would not take “no” for an answer, the court documents state.
“Weinstein insisted and the Plaintiff froze as Weinstein removed her clothing and performed oral sex on her … for several minutes,” it is claimed in the document.
Huett’s lawsuit also targets The Weinstein Company because she claims that prior to the 2010 incident, the company “had actual knowledge of Weinstein’s repeated acts of sexual misconduct with women.” In particular, the suit claims TWC was “aware of Weinstein’s pattern of using his power to coerce and force young actresses to engage in sexual acts with him.”
Mimi Haleyi, a former production assistant, claimed that Weinstein “orally forced himself” on her in 2006 when she was in her 20s. “He even pulled my tampon out; I was in disbelief,” she said during a press conference alongside her attorney, Gloria Allred.
In an emotional op-ed published in The New York Times, the Oscar-winning actress details a series of alleged uncomfortable encounters with the disgraced mogul dating back to her days at the Yale School of Drama.
Now, she says, “I am most interested in now is combating the shame we go through that keeps us isolated and allows for harm to continue to be done. I wish I had known that there were women in the business I could have talked to. I wish I had known that there were ears to hear me. That justice could be served. There is clearly power in numbers. I thank the women who have spoken up and given me the strength to revisit this unfortunate moment in my past.”
In an interview published by The New York Times, the director admitted that he knew about some of the sexual assault allegations leveled against Weinstein long before the producer became embroiled in the recent controversy. He revealed to the paper that his ex-girlfriend Mira Sorvino had once told him about her alleged incident with the movie mogul — and that he also knew about the settlement Weinstein had reportedly reached with Rose McGowan.
In a personal essay for the New Yorker, Ringwald recounts her first and only experience working with Weinstein on the 1990 film Strike It Back. The low-budget British movie was one of the then-up-and-coming producer’s first efforts, while Ringwald signed on as an established star — a dynamic, the actress writes, which is partly the reason she “wasn’t cajoled into a taxi” or forced “to turn down giving or getting a massage.” (Ringwald is referencing dozens of allegations of sexual misconduct made against Weinstein. Weinstein, through a representative, has denied any allegations of non-consensual sex.)
Instead, Ringwald says she witnessed Weinstein’s “volatile” behavior in other ways — the way he “became testy” towards one of their British colleagues, or gradually snatched control of the film away from the director and writer — and had a financial disagreement unpleasant enough to convince her to stay away from him for good. “My lawyer called to tell me that I had been denied the [gross] percentage owed to me,” she writes. “She asked if it was O.K. if she went after the Weinsteins. I ended up suing them for the money, which I got, and I never worked with Harvey or the company again.”
“I knew. Most people knew,” the actor, who worked with Weinstein on Scream, told Cosmopolitan about the producer's alleged behavior. “I had dinner with someone who is one of the most famous women on the planet — I won’t say who it is — who has not come out, who told me similar things. … There is nothing you can do. I mean, what am I gonna do? I can’t step up, certainly then, on allegations. Honestly, and I think it’s what most people faced: How do you cut your livelihood from a very powerful corporation on something that you don’t know what the facts are?”
Allen received backlash after he said he was “sad” for everyone involved in the Weinstein scandal.
“Tragic for the poor women that were involved, sad for Harvey that [his] life is so messed up,” Allen, 81, told the BBC. “There’s no winners in that, it’s just very, very sad and tragic for these poor women that had to go through that.”
The filmmaker has since clarified his comments, calling Weinstein a “sad, sick man.”
“When I said I felt sad for Harvey Weinstein I thought it was clear the meaning was because he is a sad, sick man,” Allen said in a new statement to Variety. “I was surprised it was treated differently. Lest there be any ambiguity, this statement clarifies my intention and feelings.”
The Oscar winner expressed "respect" for "the brave women who have spoke up" and "are hopefully opening a new chapter," in an Instagram post. "This is the time to unfold and deconstruct a horrifying system," wrote the actress. This is the time we, women AND men, denounce it loud so that we create a profound change and those terrifying things never happen again."
Thompson labeled Weinstein a "predator" in an interview with BBC Newsnight, and said she didn't know about the allegations against the movie mogul before they came to light in the New York Times. “I didn’t know about these things, but they don’t surprise me at all, and they’re endemic to the system,” the Oscar winner said. "What I find sort of extraordinary is that this man is at the top of a very particular iceberg, you know he’s — I don’t think you can describe him as a ‘sex addict,’ he’s a predator." She also seemed to reference President Donald Trump, saying: "This has been part of our world, women’s world, since time immemorial. So what we need to start talking about is the crisis in masculinity, the crisis of extreme masculinity, which is this sort of behavior, and the fact that it is not only OK, but it also is represented by the most powerful man in the world at the moment.”
On Twitter, Gosling — who starred in the Weinstein Company movie Blue Valentine in 2010 — denounced the producer and gave support to the women who spoke out against him. "Like most people in Hollywood, I have worked with him and I'm deeply disappointed in myself for being so oblivious to these devastating experiences of sexual harassment and abuse," he wrote. "He is emblematic of a systemic problem. Men should stand with women and work together until there is real accountability and change."
In a statement to PEOPLE, Roberts spoke out about the Weinstein scandal, saying that she hopes society will do better in standing up to those who commit sexual harassment and assault. “A corrupt, powerful man wields his influence to abuse and manipulate women," she said. "We’ve heard this infuriating, heartbreaking story countless times before. And now here we go again. I stand firm in the hope that we will finally come together as a society to stand up against this kind of predatory behavior, to help victims find their voices and their healing, and to stop it once and for all."
The Underworld star detailed her own alleged experiences with Weinstein in an emotional Instagram post. She said that when she was 17, she met with the producer at the Savoy Hotel in London, thinking they'd meet in a conference room. Instead, she says that she was directed up to his hotel room, and he answered the door in a bathrobe. "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," she wrote. "After declining alcohol and announcing that I had school in the morning I left, uneasy but unscathed." She says that years later, Weinstein spoke to her about their past meeting, and asked if he had "tried anything." She says: "I realized he couldn't remember if he had assaulted me or not." Beckinsale also says that turning down Weinstein professionally often ended in verbal abuse, and she felt, hurt her professionally. "I said no to him professionally many times over the years-some of which ended up with him screaming at me calling me a cunt and making threats," she wrote. "It speaks to the status quo in this business that I was aware that standing up for myself and saying no to things, while it did allow me to feel uncompromised in myself, undoubtedly harmed my career and was never something I felt supported by anyone other than my family."
At the premiere of her new movie Film Stars Don't Die at the BFI London Film Festival in Liverpool, Bening told the U.K.'s Press Association that she hopes the Weinstein allegations will inspire change in Hollywood. "Maybe it's a tipping point, that's my hope, that there is a real cultural shift," she said, according to the Birmingham Mail. "I mean I don't think it's going to be overnight but there is a new and different understanding and awareness of what that kind of behavior means and for women to be able to stand up and be open, that takes such courage and they deserve all the credit and in this case I think the right thing is happening. I just hope it's opened awareness maybe a little bit more, for people to understand how difficult it is when you're in that position as a woman, as a young woman, as a vulnerable woman, as a woman who needs a job."
In the mid-'90s, Weinstein allegedly came on to French actress Darel, she says, with his then-wife Eve Chilton, in the room next door at the Paris Ritz. Darel claims he invited her up to his suite, and though Darel was nervous, her agent encouraged her to go. Though at first, they discussed business, Darel says that Weinstein then told her he wanted to have sex with her, implying that she needed to in order to work as an actress in the U.S. “I was in shock. I was in shock,” Darel told PEOPLE of the alleged incident. “I was astonished. When you have someone so physically disgusting in front of you, continuing and continuing as though this was all perfectly normal… What happened to me may not be illegal but it was inappropriate. Very inappropriate.”
Hanks hit back at Weinstein's original statement that he made after the publication of the initial bombshell report in the New York Times. In the statement, Weinstein says that his behavior was partially due to the time he grew up in. “I came of age in the 60’s and 70’s, when all the rules about behavior and workplaces were different. That was the culture then,” he said in the statement. “I have since learned it’s not an excuse, in the office – or out of it. To anyone.” Hanks, who is four years younger than Weinstein, said that he doesn't buy that. “I’ve never worked with Harvey,” said Hanks. “But, aah, it all just sort of fits, doesn’t it? Isn’t it part and parcel to all of society somehow, that people in power get away with this? Look, I don’t want to rag on Harvey but so obviously something went down there. You can’t buy, ‘Oh, well, I grew up in the ’60s and ’70s and so therefore…’ I did, too.”
In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Lively says that she never had any negative experiences with Weinstein, but that hearing other women's stories has been "devastating."
"That was never my experience with Harvey in any way whatsoever, and I think that if people heard these stories … I do believe in humanity enough to think that this wouldn't have just continued," she said. "I never heard any stories like this — I never heard anything specific — but it's devastating to hear." She also encouraged people to listen to those who come forward with allegations of harassment or assault. "The number one thing that can happen is that people who share their stories, people have to listen to them and trust them, and people have to take it seriously," she added. "As important as it is to remain furious about this, it's important to also say that this exists everywhere so remember to look everywhere. This isn't a single incident. This cannot happen, this should not happen, and it happens in every single industry."
Ashley Judd was one of the women who initally spoke out against Weinstein in an explosive expose published by The New York Times on Thursday. The actress claimed Weinstein showed up to their business meeting at a Los Angeles hotel wearing a bathrobe and later asked her to 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 told the NYT. “It was all this bargaining, this coercive bargaining.”
Although Rose McGowan —who reportedly reached a settlement with Weinstein after an encounter in a hotel room with him in 1997 during the Sundance Film Festival — declined to comment to the NYT, she’s spoken out against the Hollywood mogul extensively on Twitter since Thursday. “Anyone who does business with __ is complicit. And deep down you know you are even dirtier. Cleanse yourselves."
Argento, an Italian actress, told the New Yorker that Weinstein allegedly performed oral sex on her without her consent. He invited her, she claims, to what she thought was a Miramax party at a hotel. When she got there, she says, only Weinstein was present, and the "gathering" was in a hotel room. "He asks me to give a massage. I was, like, ‘Look man, I am no f—–g fool,’ ” Argento told the New Yorker. “But, looking back, I am a f—–g fool. And I am still trying to come to grips with what happened." After she reluctantly agreed to give him a massage, he pried her legs apart and forcibly performed oral sex on her, Argento claims. "It wouldn’t stop," she said. "It was a nightmare.”
She stayed silent for years out of fear and feelings of responsibility, she says, and later had consensual sex with Weinstein multiple times because she felt he would ruin her career if she didn't. "The thing with being a victim is I felt responsible," Argento told the magazine. "Because 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.”
In an interview with the New York Times, Paltrow alleged that Weinstein — who gave her what would end up being her breakout role, as the title character in Emma — harassed her at the beginning of her career. She said that he invited her to his room at the Peninsula Beverly Hills hotel for a meeting. After she arrived, she said that he placed his hands on her and suggested they move to the bedroom for massages. She said no and left. “I was a kid, I was signed up, I was petrified,” she told the Times of the experience. Later, she told her then-boyfriend, Brad Pitt of the encounter. Pitt spoke to Weinstein about the alleged incident, and Weinstein "screamed" at Paltrow, she said, telling her not to talk to anyone else about it. At the time, she said, she felt she was “expected to keep the secret.”
Paltrow decided to come forward because she wants other women to feel less alone. “We’re at a point in time when women need to send a clear message that this is over,” she said. “This way of treating women ends now.”
Jolie told the New York Times that she had a negative encounter with Weinstein, in which he allegedly harassed her in a hotel room, in the early years of her career, after the release of her film Playing by Heart. “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 told the paper. “This behavior towards women in any field, any country is unacceptable.”
Arquette opened up about her own alleged experience with Weinstein to both the New York Times and the New Yorker. She said that Weinstein invited her to his hotel room to grab a script for a potential part. She found him, she said, in a bathrobe in his room. He asked her for a massage, and when she tried to rebuff his advances, he pulled her hand toward his penis, Arquette claimed. She pulled away, and he told her that she was making a mistake, naming women that he had supposedly slept with, she told the papers.
“My heart was really racing. I was in a fight-or-flight moment,” Arquette told the New Yorker of the experience. She says that her career took a hit after their encounter, and that Weinstein was vindictive. “He’s going to be working very hard to track people down and silence people,” she said. “To hurt people. That’s what he does.”
Sorvino won an Oscar for Mighty Aphrodite, a Weinstein film, in 1996. While promoting the film at the Toronto International Film Festival in 1995, she says that Weinstein harassed her in a hotel room, giving her a massage and following her around the room, she told the New Yorker. The actress left the room and told him it was against her religion to date a married man, as Weinstein was married at the time. After a few weeks passed, he then tried to come to her apartment in New York City, she said. Sorvino told him her boyfriend was on his way over when Weinstein arrived, and he left shortly thereafter, according to her story.
Sorvino eventually told a female Miramax employee about the encounters; the employee reacted with "shock and horror." Sorvino said that she believes both turning Weinstein down and telling the employee hurt her career. “There may have been other factors, but I definitely felt iced out and that my rejection of Harvey had something to do with it.”
Model turned actress Delevingne released a statement to reporter Yashar Ali recounting her own alleged negative interaction with Weinstein. She said that early on in her acting career, Weinstein called her and asked if she had ever had sex with any of the women she had been seen with, and told her that if she was gay, she'd never "make it" as an actress. At a meeting years later, Delevingne claimed, Weinstein boasted about sleeping with different actresses, and then invited her up to his room. "I quickly declined and asked his assistant if my car was outside," she said of the alleged incident in the statement. "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 I was wrong about the situation." In the room, there was another woman, said the actress, and Weinstein encouraged them to kiss. She quickly left, despite him trying to kiss her on the lips goodbye, said Delevingne. "I still got the part for the film and always thought that he gave it to me because of what happened," she said. "I was so hesitant about speaking out…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.”
The Oscar winner released a statement on Oct. 10 about Weinstein, calling him a "predator" and telling victims of sexual harassment and assault that she is there for them. “The predator wants your silence. It feeds their power, entitlement AND they want it to feed your shame," she said in the statement. “Our bodies are not the ‘spoils of war’… a trophy to be collected to fuel your ego. It’s OURS!!! It doesn’t belong to you!! And when you take it without permission, it DESTROYS…… like a virus!!! To the predators.. Weinstein, the stranger, the relative, the boyfriend…. I say to you, ‘You can choose your sin but you don’t get to choose the consequences.’ To the victims…. I see you. I believe you… and I’m listening."
Graham added her name to the growing list of women who have opened up about alleged inappropriate encounters with Weinstein on Oct. 10, in an article for Variety. She said that in the early aughts, Weinstein called her and said he wanted her to act in one of his movies. He then told her that he had an arrangement with his wife at the time that Weinstein could sleep with other women when he was out of town, according to Graham. The interaction made the Boogie Nights star uncomfortable, she said: "There was no explicit mention that to star in one of those films I had to sleep with him, but the subtext was there." He later invited her for a meeting at his hotel. Feeling nervous to go to his hotel alone, she invited a friend to accompany her. When the friend was no longer able to make it, she told Weinstein she couldn't either.
She never ended up acting in one of his films, or spoke out about the alleged incident. "It wasn’t until Ashley Judd heroically shared her story a few days ago that I felt ashamed," she said. "If I had spoken up a decade ago, would I have saved countless women from the same experience I had or worse? While I still do feel guilty for not speaking up all those years ago, I’m glad for this moment of reckoning. To the countless other women who have experienced the gray areas: I believe you."
A longtime friend of Weinstein, Karan initially seemed to stand up for Weinstein in a video interview on the Daily Mail, where she said that women might be "asking" for the treatment Weinstein is being accused of. “You look at everything all over the world today and how women are dressing and what they are asking by just presenting themselves the way they do. What are they asking for? Trouble,” she said. However, later on, she said her statements had been taken out of context and apologized to anyone she may have offended. “My statements were taken out of context and do not represent how I feel about the current situation concerning Harvey Weinstein," she said. "I believe that sexual harassment is NOT acceptable and this is an issue that MUST be addressed once and for all regardless of the individual. I am truly sorry to anyone that I offended and everyone that has ever been a victim.”
Amid the allegations of sexual harassment against Harvey Weinstein, Nathan Lane said Weinstein threw him against a wall at Hillary Clinton’s birthday party. During an interview at the New Yorker Festival on Saturday night, Lane recalled firing back, “You can’t hurt me, I don’t have a film career.”