Three women, including Lucia Evans and Asia Argento, have accused Harvey Weintein of raping them. This comes as famed victims’ rights attorney Gloria Allred scheduled a press conference to address more cases involving Weinstein.
Ronan Farrow’s bombshell report appeared in the New Yorker magazine and details the horrifying details of what Evans and Argento claimed Weinstein did to them.
Three women––among them Argento and a former aspiring actress named Lucia Evans—told me that Weinstein raped them, allegations that include Weinstein forcibly performing or receiving oral sex and forcing vaginal sex. Four women said that they experienced unwanted touching that could be classified as an assault. In an audio recording captured during a New York Police Department sting operation in 2015 and made public here for the first time, Weinstein admits to groping a Filipina-Italian model named Ambra Battilana Gutierrez, describing it as behavior he is “used to.” Four of the women I interviewed cited encounters in which Weinstein exposed himself or masturbated in front of them.
Argento told Farrow she did not speak out until now because she “feared Weinstein would “crush” her.” “I know he has crushed a lot of people before, she said. “That’s why this story — in my case, it’s twenty years old, some of them are older — has never come out,” she added.
The women felt that they could not go public with their accusations because, “Weinstein had them removed from projects or dissuaded people from hiring them,” Farrow reports being told by Mira Sorvino and Rosanna Arquette, who both accuse him of unwanted advances.
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. Multiple sources said that Weinstein frequently bragged about planting items in media outlets about those who spoke against him; these sources feared that they might be similarly targeted.
Listen to audio of Weinstein, that was recorded by Filipina-Italian model Ambra Battilana Gutierrez as part of a 2015 NYPD sting operation. You can hear Weinstein begging the woman to come to his room and watch him shower.
Weinstein was fired from The Weinstein Co., which he co-founded, after more accusations of sexual harassment were uncovered. While more female actresses are speaking out about what he did, a lot of the actors have remained largely silent.
Weinstein is one of many rich men who have been brought down because they engaged in a pattern of sexual misconduct towards. He joins Roger Ailes, Bill Cosby, Bill O’Reilly and Donald Trump as members of a disgusting club of perverts.