The New York Times has published one of the most impressive reports of the movie mecca of late. Written by Jody Kantor, Megan Twohey, and input from Ronan Farrow, it unveils a long list of women who were sexually harassed and even raped by famous film producer and executive Harvey Weinstein, owner of Weinstein Company.
Among the list are some very famous actresses such as Gwyneth Paltrow and Angelina Jolie, who have given statements along with the testimony of Ashley Judd, Rose McGowan, Tomi-Ann Roberts, Rosanna Arquette, Katherine Kendall, Judith Godrèche and Dawn Dunning.
Can not forget what happened
Paltrow detailed how the time came when Weinstein approached her in an indecent manner. At that time I was 22 years old and filmed an adaptation of Jane Austen’s book, Emma. The actress was invited by the producer to her suite at the Peninsula Beverly Hills Hotel for a work meeting, which ended with Weinstein’s hands on her and a proposal to go to the bathroom to give herself a massage session.
I was a child, I was frightened, completely petrified … I was afraid of being fired.
Her boyfriend back then defended her
The actress could not believe what she was hearing, because as a member of the Hollywood elite, Paltrow knew the producer from a very young age and even called him “Uncle Harvey.”
Paltrow was right to comment on the matter to his then partner, actor Brad Pitt, who immediately confronted the producer during the premiere of a movie and warned him to leave his girlfriend alone and never put his hands on. This statement was confirmed by a representative of Brad to the Times.
Still, I was outraged
Annoyed by the matter, Weinstein called Paltrow and shouted at him for telling someone about the affair and asked him not to tell anyone else.
After the incident, Gwyneth won the Oscar in 1999 for his part in the Shakespeare in Love film, which was produced by Miramax, one of the companies founded by the producer, reason why he tried not to comment on the matter.
I hoped to keep it a secret.
Will not be silent
After Paltrow’s valiant confession, Angelina Jolie decided to follow the example via email. The fact happened while working on the shooting of the film Playing by heart, in 1998.
I had a bad experience with Harvey Weinstein when I was young and as a result, I decided not to work with him again and tried to warn other people when they did. This behavior against women in any field, in any country, is unacceptable.
After the scandal produced by the note, the producer was fired from his own company despite his attempts to appeal to all those with whom he had worked in the past. It is said that his behavior was an open secret in Hollywood for many years, more than thirty to be exact.
Have a tail to step on
In the case of Ashley Judd, the actress was invited in the late 1990s by Weinstein to the same hotel as Paltrow, where she was greeted by the man wearing only a bathrobe and asked if he could give her a massage or watch her while showering.
And Rose McGowan, who at the time was 23, suffered a similar episode during the Sundance Film Festival, but gave no further details, as they reached a confidentiality agreement of more than $ 100,000.
Italian actress and director Asia Argento and two other women have accused him of rape, although for the moment they are the only ones, it is believed that the list will increase.
Celebrities against Weinstein
Actress Meryl Streep tops a long list of other celebrities who have come together against such behaviors, such as Glenn Close, Kate Winslet, and Judi Dench, who have made their views known against acts committed by the Hollywood producer.
The union of actors SAG-Afra has stated that the behavior of the entrepreneur is “abhorrent and unacceptable.
Streep says he knew nothing
This is Meryl’s statement:
The shameful news of Harvey Weinstein has horrified those whose work he defended, and those whose good and worthy causes he supported. The intrepid women who raised their voices to expose this abuse are now our heroines.
One thing can be clarified. Not everyone knew about this. Harvey supported the work fiercely, was exasperating but respectful to me in our working relationship, and with many others with whom he worked professionally.
I did not know about your financial arrangements with actresses and colleagues; he did not know whether he had meetings in his hotel room, in his bathroom or other inappropriate and coercive acts. And yes, everyone knew, I do not think all investigative reporters in the entertainment world and the media would have ignored it for decades.
Their behavior is unforgivable, but the abuse of power is familiar. Each brave voice that has risen has been heard and has created in us a form of vigilance that will end up changing the game.
An incredible case for some
Another actress who has been shocked by the affair is Jennifer Lawrence, who collaborated with the producer on the Silver Linings Playbook in 2012, and who says she was not aware of such behavior.
I was deeply disturbed to hear the news about Harvey Weinstein’s behavior. I worked with him five years ago and did not experience any form of harassment, nor was I aware of these allegations. This type of abuse is inexcusable and absolutely annoying. My heart is with those women affected by these brutal actions. And I want to thank you for your courage to get ahead.