The news of Harvey Weinstein forcing multiple women into sexual behavior for a career boost broke out on October 5, with an article published by the New York Times. Ashley Judd, Cara Delevingne, Gwyneth Paltrow and Judith Godrèche are just a few of the celebrities harassed by Harvey Weinstein, that have spoken out so far.
Ashley Judd – she was the first Hollywood star to accuse Weinstein of harassment. She says that in 1996, when whe was working with him on the movie “Kiss the Girls”, he asked her if she would watch him shower of if he could give her a massage. “It was all this bargaining, this coercive bargaining”, she told The New York Times. “How do I get out of the room as fast as possible without alienating Harvey Weinstein”. She said no in various ways. To her story, Weinstein repled: “I never laid a glove on her.”
Cara Delevingne – the beautiful model and actress revealed her story on Instagram on Wednesday. She confessed that she was hesitant about sharing her experience as she felt terrified. She recalls her first contact with Weinstein was over the phone, when he called to ask her whether she was sleeping with other women and warned her that if she was gay, she wouldn’t make it in Hollywood. A couple of years later she auditioned for a part, but soon after the official meeting ended, he invited her into his hotel room. “At that moment I felt very powerless and scared but didn’t want to act that way hoping that I was wrong about the situation.” Things got out of hand quickly. Cara Delevingne left his room after he tried to kiss her.
When I first started to work as an actress, i was working on a film and I received a call from Harvey Weinstein asking if I had slept with any of the women I was seen out with in the media. It was a very odd and uncomfortable call….i answered none of his questions and hurried off the phone but before I hung up, he said to me that If I was gay or decided to be with a woman especially in public that I'd never get the role of a straight woman or make it as an actress in Hollywood. A year or two later, I went to a meeting with him in the lobby of a hotel with a director about an upcoming film. The director left the meeting and Harvey asked me to stay and chat with him. As soon as we were alone he began to brag about all the actresses he had slept with and how he had made their careers and spoke about other inappropriate things of a sexual nature. He then invited me to his room. I quickly declined and asked his assistant if my car was outside. She said it wasn't and wouldn't be for a bit and I should go to his room. At that moment I felt very powerless and scared but didn't want to act that way hoping that I was wrong about the situation. When I arrived I was relieved to find another woman in his room and thought immediately I was safe. He asked us to kiss and she began some sort of advances upon his direction. I swiftly got up and asked him if he knew that I could sing. And I began to sing….i thought it would make the situation better….more professional….like an audition….i was so nervous. After singing I said again that I had to leave. He walked me to the door and stood in front of it and tried to kiss me on the lips. I stopped him and managed to get out of the room. I still got the part for the film and always thought that he gave it to me because of what happened. Since then I felt awful that I did the movie. I felt like I didn't deserve the part. I was so hesitant about speaking out….I didn't want to hurt his family. I felt guilty as if I did something wrong. I was also terrified that this sort of thing had happened to so many women I know but no one had said anything because of fear.
Gwyneth Paltrow – five days after publishing the first material on Wenstein, The New york Times came with a follow-up where another big name in the movie industry decided to share a similar story. Gwyneth Paltrow said that at age 22, when she got the part of Emma, she had an encounter with Weinstein in a hotel room which quickly turned intimate. She said he put his hands on her suggesting they move into the bedroom. She turned him down and left the room, revealing what had happened only to her boyfriend at the time, Brad Pitt, and a few close friends. “I thought he was going to fire me,” she Paltrow said, explaining why she kept quiet all this time.
Judith Godrèche – In 1996, the 24-year-old French actress attended a breakfast meeting with Harvey Weinstein. This was during the Cannes Film Festival. He invited her under the pretext he wanted to talk about her movie, “Ridicule”, that he was producing. “I was so naive and unprepared”, she recalls. He asked her for a massage. “The next thing I know, he’s pressing against me and pulling off my sweater”. She left the room before things went any further, she says, and over the next years, she pretended nothing ever happened. She even e-mailed Weinstein regularly for potential roles.
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