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Harvey Weinstein: Paltrow and Jolie say they were victims

Sun Online Desk     11th October, 2017 02:28:17 printer

Harvey Weinstein: Paltrow and Jolie say they were victims

 

 

Angelina Jolie and Gwyneth Paltrow are the latest actresses to allege they were victims of sexual harassment by Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein.

 

Both said the incidents happened early in their careers.

 

They join a string of actresses accusing Weinstein of harassment. On Tuesday he also denied allegations of rape made in The New Yorker magazine.

 

Weinstein's wife, designer Georgina Chapman, said on Tuesday that she was leaving him.

 

"My heart breaks for all the women who have suffered tremendous pain because of these unforgivable actions," the 41-year-old told People magazine.

London-born Chapman, co-founder of fashion label Marchesa, and Weinstein, 65, have two children together.

 

The mogul has also been fired over the allegations by his Hollywood studio The Weinstein Company.

 

'Disgusted by reports'

 

Ex-President Barack Obama and his wife Michelle have added their voice to growing demonstrations of public outrage. Their eldest daughter Malia worked as an intern at The Weinstein Company in New York earlier this year.

 

A statement released by the Obamas says they "have been disgusted by the recent reports about Harvey Weinstein".

 

It adds they "celebrate the courage of women who have come forward".

Also on Tuesday, Paltrow and Jolie both sent statements to the New York Times, which first reported allegations against him last week.

 

Jolie said in an email: "I had a bad experience with Harvey Weinstein in my youth, and as a result, chose never to work with him again and warn others when they did.

"This behaviour towards women in any field, any country is unacceptable."

In a statement, Paltrow alleged that, after Weinstein cast her in the leading role in Emma, he summoned her to his hotel suite, where he placed his hands on her and suggested massages in his bedroom.

 

Other allegations in the piece came from Mira Sorvino, who won an Oscar in 1996 for her role in Mighty Aphrodite for Miramax, a studio headed by Weinstein at the time. She told the magazine that Weinstein had tried to pressure her into a relationship.

 

Roseanna Arquette also said that she rejected Weinstein's advances and that she believes her acting career suffered as a result.

 

Weinstein's spokeswoman Sallie Hofmeister issued a statement in response to the article.

 

"Any allegations of non-consensual sex are unequivocally denied by Mr Weinstein," she said. "Mr Weinstein has further confirmed that there were never any acts of retaliation against any women for refusing his advances.

"Mr Weinstein obviously can't speak to anonymous allegations, but with respect to any women who have made allegations on the record, Mr Weinstein believes that all of these relationships were consensual. Mr Weinstein has begun counselling, has listened to the community and is pursuing a better path."

 

Hillary Clinton shared a statement saying that she was "shocked and appalled" by the revelations about Weinstein, who donated to her 2016 presidential campaign and has been a major donor to Mrs Clinton and Mr Obama's Democratic party.

 

Source: BBC


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