The women bringing down ‘Mr Hollywood’

2017-10-11 15:27

It seems every hour there’s another development in the story that’s scandalised Hollywood – and indeed the world – and brought one of the entertainment industry’s most powerful players to his knees.

No prizes for guessing who we’re talking about. Uber producer Harvey Weinstein, newly sacked boss of movie production company Miramax, has been the talk of Tinseltown since the New York Times’ damning expose painted the picture of him as a serial sex pest.  

The 65-year-old movie mogul now seems to have hotfooted it off to a rehabilitation facility in Arizona for treatment for sex addiction while his life is crumbling all around him.

His wife – fashion designer Georgina Chapman (41) – has left him, he’s been sacked from his own company, Miramax, and people are condemning him left, right and centre.

Even his own brother, Bob, co-founder of production house The Weinstein Company, has added his voice to the fray, calling him “a very sick man”.

Actresses Ashley Judd and Rose McGowan were the first to speak out publicly – but soon dozens of Hollywood stars were turning on the man once capable of making or breaking careers.

Charlize Theron (42)

She posted a poignant post on Instagram, pledging her support for the victims and stating that “this culture not only exists in Hollywood, but across the world”.

She also said most of the victims were young up-and-coming actresses who “have no way to stand up against a man with so much influence”.

Meryl Streep (68)

She called Weinstein’s behaviour “inexcusable,” and called the women who’ve spoken out against him “heroes.”  In a statement released to HuffPost she described him as “exasperating but respectful with me in our working relationship.”

She says she did not know about his abusive antics, adding, “And if everybody knew, I don’t believe that all the investigative reporters in the entertainment and the hard news media would have neglected for decades to write about it. The behaviour is inexcusable, but the abuse of power familiar.”

Angelina Jolie (42)

She sent an email to the New York Times saying she’d had a “bad experience” with Weinstein in her youth and as a result “chose never to work with him again and warned others when they did.”

She says he made unwanted advances in a hotel room during the release of Playing by Heart in the late 1990s, which she rejected. "This behaviour towards women in any field, any country is unacceptable,” Angie added.

Kate Winslet (42)

The British actress, who won an Oscar in 2009 for her role in The Weinstein Company’s The Reader, condemned the producer in a statement to Variety.

“I fully embrace and salute their profound courage, and I unequivocally support this level of very necessary exposure of someone who has behaved in reprehensible and disgusting ways. His behaviour is without question disgraceful and appalling and very, very wrong.”

Judi Dench (82)

The veteran actress, who once as a joke had a temporary tattoo of Weinstein's initials on her derriere, issued a statement calling the claims “horrifying”.

“Whilst there is no doubt that Harvey Weinstein has helped and championed my film career for the past twenty years, I was completely unaware of these offences which are, of course, horrifying and I offer my sympathy to those who have suffered, and whole-hearted support to those who have spoken out.”

Jennifer Lawrene (34)

Jennifer, who won an Oscar for the Weinstein produced movie Silver Linings Playbook, told the Hollywood Reporter his behaviour is “inexcusable and absolutely upsetting” although she had been in the dark about it before.

Glenn Close (70)

The allegations have left her “deeply upset” and “angry”.

“Not just at him and the conspiracy of silence around his actions, but also that the ‘casting couch’ phenomenon, so to speak, is still a reality in our business and in the world: the horrible pressure, the awful expectation put on a woman when a powerful, egotistical, entitled bully expects sexual favours in exchange for a job.”

Heather Graham (47)

In a guest column for Variety magazine, the 47-year-old actress detailed an “uneasy” encounter with Weinstein, in which he told her he wanted to cast her in one of his films.

“Later in the conversation, he mentioned that he had an agreement with his wife that he could sleep with whomever he wanted when he was out of town.

There was no explicit mention that to star in one of those films I had to sleep with him, but the subtext was there.”

Gwyneth Paltrow (45)

She recalls an incident when she was 22 and Harvey had just hired her for the lead in the movie Emma. She says he summoned her to a hotel room and placed his hands on her before suggesting they head to the bedroom for a massage.

She refused, but says she was left “petrified. I was a kid.”

She told then boyfriend, Brad Pitt, who confronted Harvey later at a theatre premiere and told him never to touch his girlfriend again. Weinstein then warned her not to tell anyone else. “I was expected to keep the secret,” she adds.

Rosanna Arquette (58)

The actress recalls an incident in the early 90s when Weinstein asked her to stop by his Beverly Hills hotel to pick up a script for a role. When she arrived he was in a bathrobe complaining of neck pain and asked her for a massage.

When she tried to recommend a professional he pulled her hand into his crotch.

She withdrew it and he said, “Rosanna, you’re making a big mistake” to which she responded “I’m not that girl”. She lost that role but went on to star in his movie Pulp Fiction but says she avoided him.

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