With allegations still being raised up to the minute, the Harvey Weinstein scandal stands as a serious stain on Hollywood’s reputation as an industry of glamour and class.
Many are hoping that the story of producer Weinstein’s extensive history of sexual assault and sexual harassment, first broken by The New York Times on October 5 and supplemented days later by the The New Yorker, will change the way the film industry treats assault allegations and victims. The Oscars board has even voted to expel Weinstein from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
Although Weinstein certainly isn’t the first Hollywood big guy to be accused and/or arrested for assault (others have included Woody Allen, Casey Affleck, Roman Polanski, and Bill Cosby), the sheer number of high profile actresses stepping up and telling their Weinstein stories is earth shaking, and not a little disturbing. On top of actresses, there have been several of Weinstein’s current and former employees who have stepped forward with similar stories, as well as others in the industry like models and costume designers.
As of now, there are 22 actresses who have come forward publicly with allegations against Harvey Weinstein. Here are the 22 Actresses Who Have Broken Their Silence.
22. Kate Beckinsale
A recent addition to the ever-growing list of actresses who have come forward with their disturbing Harvey Weinstein stories, Kate Beckinsale is another high profile actress who came out with her story after the initial New York Times and New Yorker stories broke.
On her Instagram page, Beckinsale released a statement on October 12, describing a time when she was just 17. Weinstein had invited her to his hotel room. When she arrived, he opened the door in his bathroom and offered her alcohol. She declined his offer and left.
Years later, Weinstein actually approached her and asked her if he had propositioned her the first time they met, implying that he could not actually remember.
21. Cara Delevingne
As one of the most recent actresses to publicly come forward with her story, Cara Delevingne broke the news on her experience with Harvey Weinstein on October 11 via her own Instagram page.
In this post, she outlines two separate occasions where Weinstein harassed her. The first time, he spoke to her over the phone, warning her that if she was openly gay in Hollywood she would be unlikely to land big roles. The second encounter was when she felt coerced into going up to his hotel room.
In the room, a woman was there, who was instructed by Weinstein to kiss Delevingne. Delevingne got up before anything happened and went to the door. Weinstein stood in front of it and tried to kiss her.
20. Angelina Jolie
After The New York Times first broke the story, Angelina Jolie came forward stating that she, too, had a bad encounter with Harvey Weinstein. Although she went into very little detail, she told the Times in an email that she had a bad experience with him in her youth, and chose to never work with him again after that. She also made the statement that “this behavior towards women in any field, any country is unacceptable.”
Although Jolie made the choice to cut ties with Weinstein and his production company, Miramax and later The Weinstein Company, it is clear that many women, famous and not, feared the repercussions of cutting ties, given his place of power and Hollywood. The long list of women who have remained silent up until now is telling of this.
19. Gwyneth Paltrow
Although Gwyneth Paltrow is now more famous for her lifestyle company Goop than for acting, she was obviously one of Hollywood’s up and coming stars way back in the day, and some have even called her “The First Lady Of Miramax” for her iconic role in the 1999 Academy-Award winner Shakespeare in Love.
Unfortunately, the now very familiar sexual harassment move by Weinstein happened to Paltrow as well, involving a hotel meeting and him attempting to get her to massage him.
Paltrow was actually dating Brad Pitt at the time, who approached Weinstein after the fact, telling him not to do that again. Weinstein later called Paltrow and screamed at her for telling people about the event. Paltrow was worried she would lose her role in Emma.
18. Heather Graham
On October 10, actress Heather Graham, best known for films like The Hangover, Boogie Nights, and Drugstore Cowboy and television series like Twin Peaks (1991) and Californication, wrote an article for Variety outlining her story with Harvey Weinstein.
She writes of a meeting in his office where he spoke inappropriately of his open relationship agreement with his wife. A few weeks later, she explains, Weinstein proposed a meeting at his hotel. Although she was first planning on attending the meeting with her friend, the friend canceled at the last minute. Because of this, Graham never went to the meeting, but also never received a role in any of Weinstein’s productions.
17. Mira Sorvino
As part of The New Yorker exposé, Academy-Award winning actress for the film Mighty Aphrodite (produced by Weinstein’s company) Mira Sorvino told the public her experience with Harvey Weinstein, which involved his massaging her shoulders and chasing her around his hotel room. After successfully escaping, Sorvino heard from Weinstein a few weeks later, when he called her on the phone telling her he was coming over.
Sorvino called her male friend to come over and pretend to be her boyfriend, but Weinstein arrived before her friend did. Fortunately, telling Weinstein that her “boyfriend” was on his way was enough to get him to leave.
Sorvino later told another employee at Miramax of what had happened. The employee expressed shock that Sorvino had mentioned the event at all, and Sorvino expresses that she feels her rejection of Weinstein, and later her reporting of the event, harmed her acting career.
16. Rosanna Arquette
Eerily similar to other stories of other actresses on this list, actress Rosanna Arquette from the iconic Pulp Fiction (sadly produced by Weinstein) is yet another victim of Weinstein’s advances.
In her interview with The New Yorker, Arquette outlines a creepy experience in Weinstein’s hotel room where he grabbed her hand and put it on his shoulder to give him a massage, and then down toward his genitals. She grabbed her hand back, rejecting him. In response, Weinstein threatened Arquette, telling her that her rejection was a huge mistake.
Horribly, Arquette does see this moment as taking a huge toll on her career, explaining that Weinstein is very vindictive and very powerful. Arquette says she has lost film roles because of her rejection of Weinstein.
15. Asia Argento
Asia Argento – otherwise known as Yelena from the iconic action flick xXx – is another actress who was featured in The New Yorker piece, for her encounter with Harvey Weinstein.
As a younger woman, she was invited to a party at a hotel for Miramax, only to find that there was just Harvey Weinstein in a hotel room. Weinstein coerced Argento to massage her, and then forced himself on her.
Argento, like many others on this list, felt guilt and shame after the event, and attributes these feelings to why she never spoke about the event until now.
In her interview with The New Yorker, she explains that as the victim she felt that if she was stronger, she could have prevented it from happening. After this experience, Argento felt powerless, and had consensual relations with him for some time.
14. Romola Garai
Romola Garai is best known for Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights and her outstanding performance in Atonement, and at the ripe age of 18, Garai did an audition for one of Weinstein’s films.
Everything about the interaction was normal – except for the fact that Weinstein was in a bathrobe the entire time.
Although that is fortunately as far as the inappropriate encounter went, Garai, in an interview with The Guardian, says that the whole experience made her feel violated. At the time, she could not actually pinpoint the reason for her feelings of discomfort, but she knew enough to know that something was not right with her interaction with Weinstein.
13. Lea Seydoux
Another French actress, Lea Seydoux, also started off her career with French films and later made a name for herself in Hollywood with Blue is the Warmest Color and Spectre.
She outlined her experience with Harvey Weinstein in The Guardian, explaining that after meeting him for drinks, under the pretence that he was considering her for a role, they went up to his hotel room where he tried to kiss her as soon as his assistant had left the room. Seydoux successfully resisted him, but recounts many times over the years where he would make inappropriate comments about her having to lose weight.
12. Mia Kirshner
Mia Kirshner is a Canadian Actress, best known for her role in the television series The L Word, and wrote for Canadian Newspaper The Globe and Mail about her experience with Harvey Weinstein.
Although she does not go into detail as to what exactly happened between herself and Weinstein in a hotel room involving his bribing success in exchange for sex, she instead makes the focus of her article on changing the institution that has allowed for years of assault and harassment.
She says that she told people about her experience with Weinstein at the time, but that it was said to deaf ears, because of the amount of power this man wielded in Hollywood. Here’s hoping his power has truly faded — but Kirshner expresses her wish for longer-lasting change than just this one person being shut out from Hollywood, outlining several ways in which the industry can stop the implicit acceptance of sexual assault and harassment.
11. Melissa Sagemiller
Melissa Sagemiller is a recent addition to the ever-growing list of actresses who have come forward with their disturbing experience with Harvey Weinstein.
The actress from Get Over It (which was, unfortunately, actually produced by Weinstein’s original company Miramax) told The Huffington Post about being invited to Harvey Weinstein’s hotel room, where he asked her to massage him. When she tried to leave the room, Weinstein would not allow her to leave until she kissed him — indeed, he was partially blocking the door, and was very insistent that she do it. Only when Sagemiller kissed him on the lips did Weinstein allow her to go.
10. Sophie Dix
In the 1990s, Sophie Dix was a young, up-and-coming English actress excited to set off on a career in film. Starring alongside Colin Firth in a film produced by Weinstein, she was invited one night to Weinstein’s hotel room in London to watch footage of the day’s filmed scenes.
In the hotel room, Weinstein pushed Dix on the bed and attempted to remove her clothes. She ran to the bathroom and locked herself in. At one point, she attempted to escape only to find Weinstein waiting outside the bathroom door touching himself. Locking herself back in, she waited until she heard room service arrive, and escaped.
Dix is one of the most recent actresses to come forward with a bone-chilling story about Harvey Weinstein. In an interview with The Guardian, Dix points to this experience with Weinstein, and later to her rejection of his implied hush bribe, as the reason her film career never really went much further than that one film.
9. Emma De Caunes
Eerily similar to so many other stories told by the women on this list, French actress Emma De Caunes is yet another to speak out against Harvey Weinstein, outlining a story where he made advances.
De Caunes met Weinstein in Cannes, France back in 2010 at a party and he later invited her for a lunch meeting at his hotel in Paris. As seems to be the pattern, the meeting ended up being in his hotel room, where Weinstein entered his bathroom without closing the door, and emerged just a few seconds later without clothes and clearly aroused.
8. Tomi-Ann Roberts
As a young woman, Tomi-Ann Roberts temporarily pursued an acting career before she became a professor of psychology, studying the sexualization of women.
In fact, she attributes her disturbing encounter with Harvey Weinstein as part of the reason she stopped acting and pursued this academic route instead.
To complement her acting gigs, Roberts was also a waitress in a restaurant that Weinstein and his brother sat down in one day. After a brief conversation, Weinstein hinted that Roberts might be perfect for a role in one of his upcoming films.
He invited her to his hotel, and when she arrive, he was in his bathtub. He told her to remove her top because she needed to be comfortable with nudity. She refused. She did audition for the film, but she never got the gig.
7. Dawn Dunning
At 24, Dawn Dunning was giving acting a try while at the same time going to design school and waitressing. It was during this time in her life that Harvey Weinstein invited her for food at his hotel, a meeting which was at the last minute changed to his actual suite.
In the suite, Weinstein was sitting on a couch in his bathroom with piles of papers on the coffee table in front of him. He explained that these were film contracts, and stated his conditions for her getting the contracts was to have a threesome with him and someone else. In response, Dunning laughed, and Weinstein got mad at her, telling her she would never make it in Hollywood.
6. Erika Rosenbaum
As a young, aspiring actress, Erika Rosenbaum from Montreal, Canada had several uncomfortable encounters with Harvey Weinstein, where Rosenbaum fully agreed to come up to his hotel room on her own accord. She says his power always made her feel like she could not pass up the opportunity to network with him.
On her last encounter with him, Weinstein met her in just a dress shirt. Telling her to come to his bathroom, he pushed her up against the bathroom mirror and assaulted her.
In her interview with the CBC, Rosenbaum says she never told anyone about her experience until now, and the she always felt guilt and shame for her experiences with him. Now, she hopes that her story, along with so many others’, might actually change the way Hollywood works.
5. Katherine Kendall
Along with the reveals by Angelina Jolie and Gwyneth Paltrow, Katherine Kendall also came forward on October 10 to The New York Times with the story of her encounter with Harvey Weinstein.
As an aspiring actress, Kendall never felt comfortable telling anyone about her experience until now, as she believed Harvey Weinstein to be the most powerful man in Hollywood – and therefore the last person you want as an enemy when you’re trying to make it big.
For Kendall, her encounter involved Weinstein chasing her around his hotel room after he had taken off his clothes.
Kendall, knowing her success depended on staying well-connected, never felt comfortable enough to tell her story until now, stating she always believed nobody would believe her and she would no longer get roles in Hollywood.
4. Judith Godrèche
You may know the French actress Judith Godrèche for famously starring in The Man in the Iron Mask alongside Leonardo Dicaprio back in 1998, as well as several critically-acclaimed French and international films, and for directing and writing the screenplay for the film Toutes les filles pleurent in 2010.
After meeting Harvey Weinstein at the Cannes Film Festival, Godrèche had another meeting with Weinstein — but this time, she found herself alone with him.
Similar to most other stories here, the interaction began with Weinstein asking Godrèche for a massage, and then everything suddenly escalating with Weinstein pressing himself against her, and attempting to take off her clothes. Fortunately for Godrèche, she managed to escape before things escalated further.
3. Jessica Barth
You probably know Jessica Barth from the film Ted and its sequel, Ted 2, for her role as Tami-Lynn, love interest to the main character played by Seth McFarlane.
Jessica Barth told The New Yorker just a few days ago that she has also been victim to Harvey Weinstein’s harassment. In 2011, Barth met Weinstein at a Golden Globes party, and he later invited her for a meeting that ended up being in his hotel room.
There, Weinstein demanded that Barth give him a massage on his bed, suggesting they do it with him unclothed. When she refused, he told her she should lose weight or she could never compete with an actress like Mila Kunis. Switching tactics, Weinstein immediately promised Barth a meeting with a female executive. This never occurred.
2. Rose McGowan
One of the most outspoken actresses so far, actress Rose McGowan appears to be bound by some sort of legal contract that Weinstein arranged with her to stay silent about her experience with him, valued at approximately $100 000. McGowan has now come out and said that Weinstein raped her, and that people knew and did nothing about it.
In a long stream of Twitter posts (including one that included a private phone number resulting in Twitter temporarily blocking her account for breaking their privacy terms and conditions), McGowan explains that she told the head of Amazon film studio that Weinstein had raped her, but that the exec told her there was no proof, and afterwards dropped the project they had previously agreed to support.
1. Ashley Judd
Ashley Judd, well-known for her part in the Divergent series, outlines her experience dating back to 20 years ago, where she was invited to Harvey Weinstein’s hotel room — although she was under the impression they would be having breakfast together somewhere public. Once she arrived in his suite, Judd found Weinstein in his bathrobe, and asked her to watch him shower, and to give him a massage, and to help him decide what to wear.
Judd describes this sense of powerlessness, and that Weinstein went about exerting power in a way that was subtle and calculated — which is unsurprising at this point, considering how many women he manipulated in this same kind of way.
Judd actually first revealed her experience back in 2015, but at the time, she never said who it was who had tried to coerce her in this way.
More stories are sure to come as these brave women empower others like them to come forward.
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