The chorus of Hollywood stars and accusers denouncing film producer Harvey Weinstein has grown larger, as his brother insisted the embattled production company that bears both their names was “continuing as usual.”
- Harvey Weinstein’s brother Bob says The Weinstein Co production company won’t shut down
- More high-profile models, actresses accuse the producer of sexual assault
- Robert De Nero and others scrap an Amazon series that was being produced by The Weinstein Co
The entertainment world has been reeling since last week’s New York Times report of decades of sexual abuse perpetrated by the executive.
Bob Weinstein, co-chairman of The Weinstein Co, issued a statement saying the company wasn’t shutting down or exploring a sale. Harvey Weinstein was fired from the company on Sunday.
The statement mentioned a slate of three upcoming films, Polaroid, Paddington 2 and War with Grandpa, and said; “Business is continuing as usual as the company moves ahead.”
Push back against Harvey Weinstein and his company also came after Showtime said it will not move forward with an Oliver Stone drama in development, Guantanamo, unless The Weinstein Co was removed as a producer.
The drama about detainees at Guantanamo Bay had not yet been approved for a series and scripts are currently being written.
Showtime was a partner with The Weinstein Co in the project but the network said “we do not intend to move forward with the current configuration of the project and are exploring our options.”
Robert De Niro, Julianne Moore and director David O Russell said they had agreed to scrap an untitled Amazon Studios series that was being produced by The Weinstein Co.
The move came one day after Amazon Studios suspended its chief, Roy Price, after a producer on another series publicly accused him of making crude comments directed at her.
Some 30 women — including actresses Angelina Jolie, Ashley Judd and Gwyneth Paltrow — have spoken out recently to say Mr Weinstein had sexually harassed or sexually assaulted them.
Director Quentin Tarantino said he was “stunned and heartbroken” about the allegations, but needed time to wrap his head around it.
In a brief statement via Twitter relayed by Amber Tamblyn, Mr Tarantino, whose films Reservoir Dogs, Pulp Fiction and The Hateful Eight were produced by Mr Weinstein, said he would address the issue soon.
“For the last week I’ve been stunned and heartbroken about the revelations that have come to light about my friend for 25 years Harvey Weinstein,” the statement said.
“I need a few more days to process my pain, emotions, anger and memory and then I will speak publicly about it.”
Mr Weinstein has denied any non-consensual sexual conduct with any women.
More women come forward
The public pressure increased on the one-time movie mogul as more actresses and models came forward to describe harrowing hotel encounters with Mr Weinstein.
Actress Minka Kelly said on Instagram after meeting Weinstein at an industry party, he invited her to his hotel room.
Uncomfortable with that, they instead met at a hotel restaurant, joined by an assistant who left shortly afterward.
Ms Kelly said Mr Weinstein suggested he’d give her “a lavish life filled with trips around the world on private planes” if she agreed to be his girlfriend.
She declined, saying she wanted to keep things professional, and excused herself.
He allegedly responded: “I trust you won’t tell anyone about this.”
Ms Kelly, who had a role in Lee Daniels’ The Butler, which was produced by Mr Weinstein’s company, said she spoke out to add her voice to those demanding such abuses end.
Claire Forlani, who starred in Meet Joe Black, said she also felt regret for not speaking up sooner about multiple meetings in her 20s with Weinstein, a man she recalled requested massages and whom she called in a tweeted statement a “master manipulator.”
“I had two Peninsula Hotel meetings in the evening with Harvey and all I remember was I ducked, dived and ultimately got out of there without getting slobbered over, well just a bit,” she wrote.
He bragged about the actresses he had slept with “and what he had done for them.”
Social media remained a flashpoint.
Rose McGowan, one accuser who has heavily relied on Twitter, was locked out of her account over what the company said were violations of its terms of service, prompting a protest movement using the hashtag #WomenBoycottTwitter.
In response, Twitter issued a statement, saying it was “proud to empower and support the voices on our platform, especially those that speak truth to power. We stand with the brave women and men who use Twitter to share their stories, and will work hard every day to improve our processes to protect those voices.”
Alleged ‘fixer’ denies involvement
The net of allegations widened further, with a man accused of setting up meetings between Mr Weinstein and young women saying he “did not hunt” for Mr Weinstein.
Italian model Asia Argento named fomer Miramax executive Fabrizio Lombardo as someone who brought her to Mr Weinstein’s room when she was 21.
“He told me it was a Miramax party,” she Tweeted. “Only Harvey was there.’
New Zealand actress Zoë Brock wrote a detailed account of an alleged “Harveyed” moment in 1997, when she was 23.
She named Mr Lombardo as part of the “pack of Hyenas” who would “hunt” for Mr Weinstein.
She described being “terrified” as a naked Mr Weinstein chased her around a hotel room in Italy.
Mr Lombardo has denied the allegations.
“I did not hunt for him,” Mr Lombardo told The Guardian. “It is not my relationship with Weinstein.”
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