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Original livewire from all of last week can be accessed here.

Update – 6:48 p.m.: The filmmakers behind the campus sexual assault documentary The Hunting Ground are reportedly planning a documentary about the sexual misconduct scandal currently engulfing Hollywood. The filmmakers said they had initially had trouble securing financing for the movie from partners who feared retaliation from powerful figures, but that it’s all changed in the wake of the Weinstein scandal.

Hollywood Reporter:

Kirby Dick and Amy Ziering, whose last documentary The Hunting Ground focused on sexual assault on college campuses, announced today that their next film, currently titled simply The Untitled Sexual Assault Documentary. 

Predators in Hollywood, many described as being similar to Harvey Weinstein, will be the focus of the doc, which will examine abuse and cover-ups within the entertainment industry.

Update – 6:05 p.m.: Scandal star Tony Goldwyn says he suffered from sexual harassment as a younger actor in the industry, telling Access Hollywood his experience was similar to that of actress Lupita Nyong’o, who detailed her own alleged abuse to the New York Times this week.

Video, via Access Hollywood:

Update – 3:53 p.m.: Actor Steven Seagal, who has faced accusations of sexual harassment from at least two women, was caught on tape in an interview calling female reporters “f*cking dirty wh*res.” The interview was reportedly recorded in 1988.

More from Daily Mail:

Explosive audio clips from an interview with Steven Seagal have emerged in which the actor is heard calling female reporters ‘a bunch of f***ing dirty w****s and ‘c***suckers.’

In the disturbing audio, obtained exclusively by DailyMailTV, the 65-year-old gets shockingly candid as he tells a male interviewer that he’s had the most trouble with women when it comes to dealing with the press.

His remarks have come to light days after several celebrities including actress Rae Dawn Chong and Inside Edition’s Lisa Guerrero have come forward accusing Seagal of sexual harassment amid the Harvey Weinstein allegations.

More here.

Update – 2:53 p.m.: Brit Marling has become the latest actress to accuse Weinstein of sexual harassment, with the total number of women accusing the disgraced movie mogul of sex misconduct now above 40.


She continued, “I, too, felt terror in the pit of my stomach when that young woman left the room and I was suddenly alone with him. I, too, was asked if I wanted a massage, champagne, strawberries. I, too, sat in that chair paralyzed by mounting fear when he suggested we shower together. What could I do? How not to offend this man, this gatekeeper, who could anoint or destroy me?”

It was clear Weinstein was looking for “sex or some version of an erotic exchange,” Marling recalled. “I was able to gather myself together — a bundle of firing nerves, hands trembling, voice lost in my throat — and leave the room.”

More here.

Update – 2:01 p.m.: New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman has launched an investigation into the Weinstein Company and has issued a subpoena seeking all company records.

Update – 1:41 p.m.: While Hollywood is slowly coming to grips with its deeply entrenched issues with sexual harassment and abuse, Woody Allen has introduced a bizarre twist.

Scenes from Allen’s new romance comedy reportedly feature a 44-year-old man having sex with a teen actress.

From Page Six:

In scenes just filmed, a character played by Rebecca Hall accuses 44-year-old actor Jude Law’s character of having sex with a 15-year-old “concubine.” In the scene, the so-called concubine — played by Elle Fanning (19 in real life) — acknowledges her relationship with Law’s much-older character, but then protests that she is 21 years old.

Update – 1:28 p.m.: Fired The Loud House creator Chris Savino wrote in a statement on his personal Facebook page Monday that he’s “deeply sorry” and was “ashamed” of his behavior. The disgraced animator faced multiple allegations of sexual harassment from multiple women.

“I am deeply sorry and I am ashamed. Although it was never my intention, I now understand the impact of my actions and communications created an uncomfortable environment,” he wrote. “At every stage of my career, I have sought to uplift my colleagues and cultivate a culture of respect. In this objective, I have failed. I should have known better, I should have acted better, and this has been a difficult, but valuable lessons. I have nothing but the deepest respect for the bravery of the women who have spoken out, trying to create an environment in which they can thrive and reach their fullest potential.”

Read Savino’s full statement here.

Update – 1:16 p.m.: As sexual harassment and abuse allegations and testimonies from all sectors of entertainment and business continue to spread, a feature length film is in the works and will explore ride-sharing giant Uber’s sexual harassment issue.

From The Hollywood Reporter:

Susan Fowler, the woman who exposed Uber’s rampant sexual harassment issues with her viral blog post, is partnering with Good Universe for a movie about her experience at the ride share company.

In her post, “Reflecting On One Very, Very Strange Year At Uber,” Fowler detailed a year’s worth of harassment as an engineer at Uber, which has been described as indicative of the overall sexist Silicon Valley culture. Her story prompted an internal investigation at the company, which would eventually lead to CEO Travis Kalanick’s resignation.

Hidden Figures scripter Allison Schroeder will pen the feature, titled Disruptors, which is described as a Erin Brockovich meets The Social Network. Kristin Burr is producing.

More here.

Update – 12:49 p.m.: Some New York lawmakers are looking to pass new legislation intended to protect models from sexual harassment.

More here.

Update – 12:10 p.m.: An explosive report from the LA Times published this weekend details how The Weinstein Company-produced model competition show Project Runway was used by Harvey Weinstein “as a pipeline to women.”

Featuring court records and interviews with nearly a dozen models and executives connected to Project Runway, the article reports how the “models, oftentimes young and working overseas far from home, were particularly vulnerable.”

From the LA Times:

While the fashion industry proved lucrative for Weinstein and burnished his reputation as a tastemaker, it also filled his world with even more young, beautiful women.

Several women who have publicly accused Weinstein of misconduct described incidents in which he used his fashion business ties and ownership of “Project Runway” as enticements or pretexts for meetings.

In an interview with the Los Angeles Times, a television actress claimed that when she rebuffed Weinstein’s advances about a decade ago — saying that she had nothing suitable to wear to events he wanted to take her to, including the Cannes Film Festival — he would tell her that he could deliver 10 Marchesa dresses.

Read the full Times piece here.

Update – 11:51 a.m.: Three women have alleged that deceased film director Michael Winner demanded to see their breasts. Actress Debbie Arnold told Sunday People that the alleged incident happened at Winner’s home while she was auditioning for a role.

“He asked me to take off my top, then my bra and told me to massage my breasts,” Arnold said. “I asked him to repeat the question because I thought I was hearing things. I started walking away from the window and he asked me why.”

“I told him I couldn’t believe what he had said,”Arnold said. “I thought it was a joke so I was appalled when he repeated the question. I walked right up to him and told him, ‘f**k off, you dirty old pervert.'”

Actress Cindy Marshall-Day and another unnamed actress made similar claims against the British movie mogul, who died in 2013.

“He was a horrible, filthy pervert,” Marshall-Day said. “He preyed on young naive actresses who wanted to earn a living.”

More here.

Update – 11:32 a.m.: Singer-songwriter Jill Scott revealed in a series of Tweets how Harvey Weinstein was “rude” to her when she was pregnant years ago.

“1) When I met Harvey Weinstein, he was RUDE. In the NASTIEST tone he said “Who told you to get pregnant?!” And rolled his eyes in disgust,” the three-time Grammy-winning singer wrote on Twitter Friday. “2) I stayed away from him after. Who acts that way towards a pregnant woman?? Power to all the women bullied by assholes. Power in general.”

Scott, who gave birth to her son Jett Hamilton Roberts in April 2009 — the same year she starred in the Weinstein Company-produced HBO series, The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency — said there are other stories she will never reveal.

“What’s true is there are stories I will never tell publicly. I have my reasons and peace in those areas,” she wrote.

Update – 11:06 a.m.: George Clooney says Harvey Weinstein would brag about his affairs with women.

“Harvey would talk to me about women that he’d had affairs with,” Clooney said. “I didn’t necessarily believe him, quite honestly, because to believe him would be to believe the worst of some actresses who were friends of mine,” Clooney said sitting next to Matt Damon during an interview with Good Morning America co-host Michael Strahan, which aired on Monday.

“I didn’t really think that they were going to have affairs with Harvey, quite honestly, and clearly they didn’t. But the idea that this predator, this assaulter, was out there silencing women like that…it’s beyond infuriating, and the fact that the story is coming out now, and the more that comes out, I want to know all of it,” Clooney added.

Clooney was accused of blacklisting Vanessa Marquez — with whom he worked on the television series ER  –after she complained of racial and sexual harassment. Clooney denied the accusations.

Update – 10:51 a.m.: Matt Damon says he and Ben Affleck knew about Harvey Weinstein allegedly sexually harassing Gwyneth Paltrow, and said he found the disgraced producer to be a “bully” and a “womanizer” despite working on several of his films.

“I knew the story about Gwyneth from Ben because he was with her after Brad [Pitt],” Damon said during an interview with Good Morning America co-host Michael Strahan, which aired on Monday. “But I was working with Gwyneth and Harvey on Ripley.”

Paltrow revealed feeling “stunned” after Weinstein allegedly tried to massage and sleep with her in his hotel room over two decades ago.

“I was there at the height of his power and what you knew back then, you had to spend about five minutes with him to know he was a bully, he was intimidating — that was his legend,” Damon said. “So when people say everybody knew, yeah I knew, I knew he was an a**hole. He was proud of that.”

“I knew he was a womanizer. I wouldn’t want to be married to the guy, but that’s not my business really,” he added. “But this level of criminal sexual predation is not something that I ever thought was going on — absolutely not.”

Sharon Waxman, a former New York Times reporter said Damon lobbied the Times to kill her story while she investigating allegations of sexual harassment against Harvey Weinstein in 2004.

Update – 10:32 a.m.: Actress AshleyJudd is set to give her first TV interview after revealing her sexual harassment allegation against Harvey Weinstein.

Judd — who said she was repeatedly asked to massage Weinstein and watch him shower — will sit down with ABC News’ Diane Sawyer for an interview airing Thursday, Oct. 26, Variety reports.

Update – 10:21 a.m.: Rose McGowan, Paul Feig, and Debra Messing are among the stars reacting to the news that Hollywood writer-director James Toback has been accuse by more than three dozen women of sexual harassment and assault.


Update – 10:01 a.m.: Country singer Katie Armiger says she was blacklisted from the music industry after she spoke out about being sexually harassed at a young age.

Armiger told Fox News: “I was at a radio station in Texas and was taking a promo photo with one of the on-air DJs after doing my performances and he grabbed my butt during the photo. And at the same time he was whispering in my ear, ‘When are you going to be legal?'”

“I brought up my fears and I was told that’s how it was and if I wanted to be in music, I’d have to get over it,” she said.

On being blacklisted, Armiger told the outlet:

“When my story first became public and in the aftermath when I was finally to start looking for other opportunities in the industry, we went to [publishing houses] but we would be met with, ‘We’re not going to sign you, but we’re really a big fan and we just want to know your story and how are you?'”

She continued, “That was the consensus; that was everywhere I went. I would talk to booking agents and they were scared to work with me because they either thought somehow the tour would be canceled or I was a liability to work with.”

Read the full story here.

Update – 9:36 a.m.: Senior female entertainment industry executives from the U.S., U.K., and Italy discussed Harvey Weinstein and the prevalence of sexual harassment in Hollywood and beyond over, over the weekend at the at Rome’s third annual MIA Market.

“It’s made me question just how much as a woman we’ve had to put up with,” said Sally Woodward Gentle, CEO of Sid Gentle Films.We did all know about it. We knew that he took advantage of young women and he was a massive bully.”

Katherine Pope, head of TV division at Studio 8 slammed her industry’s favoritism toward machismo and male directors.

“The industry values male characteristics,” said Gregory. When a female director comes in who is more searching in her response to things, we as an industry say they don’t know what they’re doing. Where’s the ego, where’s the drive? We have overvalued certain male characteristics of ego, drive, certainty. It makes for quite bland drama.”

More here.

Update – 9:08 a.m.: Heyday Films, the co-producers of Paddington 2, are looking to exit a deal with The Weinstein Company to distribute the movie in the United States of America, The Guardian reports. The live-action-CGI adventure comedy is scheduled for theatrical release on January 12. Many expert consider Paddington 2 as the biggest of the seven upcoming releases for the embattled Weinstein Company.

Update – 4:07 p.m.: In a Facebook post Sunday, Guardians of the Galaxy director James Gunn said he has been warning people about director James Toback’s behavior for 20 years. More than 30 women have come forward to accuse Toback of sexual harassment and abuse, the Los Angeles Times reported Sunday.

Gunn says he knows at least fifteen women who were “accosted” by Toback over the years.

“So I did what I could do in my impotent state – for over twenty years now, I’ve been bringing up James Toback every chance I could in groups of people. I couldn’t stop him, but I could warn people about him,” Gunn wrote.

See his full Facebook post here.

Update – 3:19 p.m.: Oscar-winning director Paul Haggis gives a fascinating interview to The Guardian in which he says radical change is needed in Hollywood, and wonders whether the industry has covered up charges of pedophilia from former child stars, including Corey Haim and Corey Feldman.

From the Guardian:

“It is really hard for their innocent employees in New York, who worked hard and may well lose their jobs, but a lot of people are compromised by Harvey’s alleged actions,” said Haggis. “Although everyone thinks it is vile behaviour, you have got to focus on those who may have colluded and protected him. For me, they are as guilty as he is and in some cases more so, if I can say that. I mean, he was a predator and a predator is a predator. But what about those who would rather look the other way?”

“Were people covering for paedophiles, too? We have to think that may have happened as well, because no one speaks out about being abused just to benefit their career. I find it particularly terrible that people had their dreams held to ransom in that way.”

Full interview here.

Update – 3:11 p.m.: Brazilian model Julianna De Paula recalls an incident in which Weinstein allegedly forced her to kiss other women in front of him and chased her around his apartment while he was naked. The model told the Los Angeles Times this week that she was forced to defend herself with a broken wine glass.

From Page Six:

Brazilian model Julianna De Paula recalled a particularly pervy incident a decade ago when she allegedly ended up at Weinstein’’s New York loft – and was forced to kiss other women in front of him, the paper said.

A naked Weinstein ended up chasing her through his apartment, forcing her to use a broken glass to keep him at bay, De Paula said.

“He looked at me, and he started to laugh,” she said. “I was shocked. I was completely in disbelief.”

More here.

Update – 2:22 p.m.: The Directors Guild of America has formally filed disciplinary charges against Harvey Weinstein.

Daily Mail:

The Directors Guild of America has announced that it filed disciplinary charges against disgraced movie producer Harvey Weinstein.

The Los Angeles-based union of film and television directors said on Saturday that it filed the charges on October 13, adding that federal labor laws prohibit it from comment further on the case.

Weinstein has already been expelled from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, the Producers Guild and the British Academy of Film and Television Arts in recent weeks.

Update – 1:29 p.m.: Mickey Rourke says what Weinstein did was “f*cked up,” but he told TMZ he “feels sorry” for the disgraced movie mogul.

“He’s done so much good through all the years, to try to make respectable movies,” Rourke told TMZ, adding that Hollywood is a town “built on envy.”

Full video at TMZ.

Update – 12:42 p.m.: Corey Feldman has reportedly been arrested for marijuana possession just a few days after pleading with others to come forward with stories of sexual abuse in the film industry.

Feldman has spoken up previously about his experience with abuse in the film industry, in particular when he was a child star in the 1980s (see more on Feldman by scrolling down the livewire.)

From the News-Star:

Actor and musician Corey Feldman is facing a drug charge in Richland Parish.

Mangham Police Chief Perry Fleming told The News-Star the police department charged Feldman with one count of possession of marijuana and a traffic charge late Saturday.

Fleming said the charge is a misdemeanor that necessitates payment of a fine. Feldman was released without being booked into the parish jail.

More here.

Update – 10:23 a.m.: Harvey Weinstein’s chauffeur gives a lengthy interview to the UK Sun, in which he reveals that Weinstein allegedly once had sex in the back of his car with a woman who pleaded with him not to “hurt” her, and allegedly kept a bottle of Viagra and condoms in the glove compartment of his Mercedes.

Mickael Chemloul reportedly worked as Weinstein’s personal driver from 2008-2013 when the movie mogul traveled to France for the Cannes Film Festival.

From the Sun:

Mickael, Weinstein’s regular driver in the south of France from 2008 to 2013, said: “Weinstein was a terrible man to work for.  Everyone knew him as le porc because of his size and because he sweated so much. When he came to Cannes we all knew what to expect.”

He recalled how the mogul once picked up a woman at a billionaire’s yacht party — while pregnant wife Georgina Chapman stayed behind at the Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc.

He said: “She was a good-looking girl, around 25 to 30, who had clearly had a few drinks. This was a fairly familiar sight for me, but even I was shocked when I heard her say, ‘Don’t hurt me’ in the car.

More from the Sun.

Update – 10:10 a.m.: It appears Hollywood knew about Toback’s behavior since as far back as 1989, when a profile on him ran in the now-defunct Spy magazine.

Gawker also wrote about “sleazy” Toback’s alleged attempt to pick up an underage girl as far back as 2010.

Here’s more from The Atlantic‘s Bill Wyman, writing in 2011 about the Spy article:

The article—called “The Pickup Artist’s Guide to Picking Up Women”—detailed how the director, sometimes disheveled and wearing a raincoat, would hang out on the streets of the Upper West Side in New York City, and approach women. According to the story, he would in rapid-fire fashion tell them that he was a Hollywood director and offer to show them his Directors Guild of America card. The pitch invariably ended up with an invite to meet privately—sometimes at an outlandishly late hour—to talk about appearing in one of his films. Demetz talked to 13 women he’d approached, all of whom had amusingly similar stories about the director’s methods and risqué manner.

Depressingly, in researching that story I talked to a friend who said his daughter, then a 20 year old, had had the same experience with the director in 2007, 18 years after the original story was published. Gawker’s found an example or two as well.

Update – 9:40 a.m.: More than three dozen women have come forward with allegations of sexual harassment and assault against writer-director James Toback.

The allegations from 38 women — 31 of whom spoke on the record with the Los Angeles Times — are damning, and sad to read.

From the L.A. Times:

He prowled the streets of Manhattan looking for attractive young women, usually in their early 20s, sometimes college students, on occasion a high schooler. He approached them in Central Park, standing in line at a bank or drug store or at a copy center while they worked on their resumes.

His opening line had a few variations. One went: “My name’s James Toback. I’m a movie director. Have you ever seen ‘Black and White’ or ‘Two Girls and a Guy’?”

Probably not. So he’d start to drop names. He had an Oscar nomination for writing the Warren Beatty movie, “Bugsy.” He directed Robert Downey, Jr., in three movies. The actor, Toback claimed, was a close friend; he had “invented him.” If you didn’t believe him, he would pull out a business card or an article that had been written about him to prove he had some juice in Hollywood. That he could make you a star.

Update – 9:30 a.m.: Convicted fugitive child rapist Roman Polanski has been accused of molesting a 10-Year-old girl in 1975.

California-based artist Marianne Barnard, tweeted earlier this month, writing: “#RomanPolanski took photos of me naked & in fur coat on beach in Malibu, I was 10 yrs old. He went on from there. This ends now #ROSEARMY.”

Barnard made more claims about the alleged molestation, telling The Sun on Friday that in 1975, her mother took her to a Malibu beach where she met the famed director.

“She explained that this man wanted to take pictures of me in this fur coat. I thought it was to go into a magazine or something,” said Barnard.

“First he was taking pictures of me in the bikini, then it was with the coat then he said take off the bikini top, which I was comfortable with as I was only 10 and I often ran around with no top on,” she continued. “But then he wanted me to take my bikini bottoms off — I started to feel very uncomfortable. Then at some point I realized my mom had gone. I don’t know where she went and I didn’t really register her leaving but she was no onger there. Then he molested me.”

More here.

Update – 9:00 a.m.: Longtime bassist for Marilyn Manson Twiggy Ramirez — real name Jeordie White — has been accused of rape by Jack Off Jill lead singer Jessicka Addams.

Addams made her claims in a lengthy Facebook message Friday.

Manson responded to the rape allegation against Ramirez in a statement to Pitchfork: “I knew Jessicka and Jeordie had a romantic relationship many years ago and I considered and still consider Jessicka to be a friend,” he said. “I knew nothing about these allegations until very recently and am saddened by Jessicka’s obvious distress.”

Read Addams’s full statement below.

Update – 6:02 p.m.: Some 71 percent of Americans say the multiple sexual harassment and assault allegations against Harvey Weinstein are true, according to the latest Economist/YouGov Poll.

Update – 5:39 p.m.: Director’s Guild begins disciplinary action against Harvey Weinstein and condemns sexual harassment.

“We believe that every individual has the right to a safe workplace. The unfortunate truth is that there are those who abuse the power that they hold,” the group said in a statement.

Update – 3:16 p.m.: Actor Corey Feldman pleaded with his peers to “come forward” and call out those in Hollywood who have abused young actors.

“For the record, I will not be going on a talk show to disclose names of my abusers or anyone else’s abusers. So please stop asking me to do so,” Feldman wrote. “The practice of sensationalizing this topic with no plan of action or protection for my family would prove fruitless. I have been through enough!”

“This is not about fear of being sued!” he later tweeted. “Yes, that’s a real possibility. But the bigger reason is safety for my family.

[I’m] already over this,” said Feldman, who has been sounding the alarm about pedophilia in Hollywood for years. “My career was shut down, I have been mocked and shamed for doing what I have done to this point! I would love to see others come forward as there are many other witnesses to the crimes I have addressed. Still not one of my peers has offered up anything in a decade!”

The Goonies star said he working on a plan to find “justice” for those who have been abused.

“That said I am working on a plan that may be a way forward to shed some light on this situation! If I can figure out a way to get actual justice while not risking my safety and well being, you will know when that time comes. As for now, I’m glad people are talking and I pray that others come forward!” he said.

“Nobody should live their lives in fear except those who committed these heinous crimes in the first place!” Feldman continued. “I have faith God will see this through!”

Upadate – 3:00 p.m.: Harvey Weinstein will reportedly remain in Arizona for another 4 to 6 weeks after completing a week of “intensive therapy,” focused on his anger issues TMZ reports.

More here.

Update – 1:25 p.m.: Actor Brady Lindsey says fired top talent agent Tyler Grasham contacted him on Instagram when he was a 16-year-old aspiring actor and consistently pursued a romantic relationship with him while promising to help him become a Hollywood star.

From The Wrap:

“I didn’t know who he was. He said he was a big-time agent in L.A. and he worked at APA,” Lindsey said, describing how Grasham first contacted him on Instagram. “It checked out.”

“Often times he would try to convince me to have lunch with him, asking me if I would be his boyfriend even though I was underage,” Lindsey said.

Lindsey said a recurring theme in their conversations, aside from flirtation and attempts to arrange meetings, was Grasham offering to get Lindsey work as an actor.

More here.

Update – 1:00 p.m.: Another young actor has claimed that fired top talent agent Tyler Grasham sexually harassed him.

Jordan Gavaris, star of BBC America’s hit sci-fi drama Orphan Black, said, in a series of tweets, that Grasham harassed him on multiple occasions and warned that his career would be “derailed” if he didn’t sign with his talent firm  Agency for the Performing Arts (APA).

Update – 12:30 p.m.: Actress Evan Rachel Wood said in a tweet this week that the “next dam to break” in Hollywood will be the entertainment industry’s decades-long problem of adults being sexually involved with minors.

The West World star’s tweet comes amid several accusations of sexual misconduct against top talent agent to child actors Tyler Grasham, who was fired this week by Agency for the Performing Arts.

Hollywood has long-struggled to police what many observers call the town’s “open secret” of adults engaging in sexual acts with young aspiring stars.

Last year, former child star Corey Feldman revealed the gory details about the “molestations” he suffered that came “from several hands” and confessed that his best friend and fellow former child star Corey Haim — who died of a drug overdose at age 38 in 2010 after years of addiction — suffered “direct rape … when he was 11.”

Last week, actress Molly Ringwald said she was sexually assault by much alder men when she was 13.

Update – 10:55 a.m.: Judd Apatow slammed Quentin Tarantino for knowing about Harvey Weinstein’s sexual misconduct but not confronting the disgraced producer.

“Knew enough since Clinton was President and MC Hammer was selling millions of records. That’s a lot of years to not confront a friend,” Apatow wrote on Twitter.

Update – 10:45 a.m.: Film director Guillermo del Toro told TMZ that Quentin Tarantino’s decades-long relationship with disgraced film producer Harvey Weinstein contributed to The Hateful Eight director’s hesitance to speak out.

Tarantino told The New York Times this week that he has for years been aware of Weinstein’s abusive behavior and sexual misconduct.

“I knew enough to do more than I did,” Tarantino said. “There was more to it than just the normal rumors, the normal gossip. It wasn’t secondhand. I knew he did a couple of these things.”

The Hobbit scribe also said he would never work with Weinstein again, noting that it “was hell” in 1997 — presumably Toro was referring to the 1997 sci-fi film Mimic, which he directed and was produced by the Harvey Weinstein-headed Miramax.

Update – 10:08 a.m.: The Weinstein Company has pulled its biographical drama The Current War from its scheduled Nov. 24 release and pushed the film to an unannounced date in 2018.

The Benedict Cumberbatch-starring film about the battle between electricity titans Thomas Edison and George Westinghouse is the latest black eye to befall the Weinstein world amid the mushrooming sexual abuse scandal involving the company’s co-founder Harvey Weinstein.

Update – 9:19 a.m.: A spokesperson for Harvey Weinstein said the disgraced producer “has a different recollection of the events” actress Lupita Nyong’o accused him of in a New York Times op-ed, in which she described being pressured into giving Weinstein a massage in his hotel room.

“Mr. Weinstein has a different recollection of the events, but believes Lupita is a brilliant actress and a major force for the industry,” the statement reads, according to Deadline. “Last year, she sent a personal invitation to Mr. Weinstein to see her in her Broadway show Eclipsed.”

The Oscar-winning actress said months after the massage episode, she was asked to eat dinner in Weinstein’s hotel room. After turning down his offer, Nyong’o says Weinstein got aggressive and told her she “had to be willing to do this sort of thing” in order to be a successful actress.

Update – 9:01 a.m.: Actress and country singer Jana Kramer said she was sexually harassed by her manager early in her career, when she was 19-years-old.

“I had a man helping me in the very beginning when I was 19, and he was like, ‘OK, I’ve done this for you. What are you going to do for me?’” the One Tree Hill star told Yahoo Style Friday. “And I remember in that moment being like, ‘Oh, my God! I am going to have to sleep with this man in order to fulfill my dreams.’ I ended up just bawling, crying, and having a panic attack, and he left.”

“I’ll never forget that, how easy it is for something like that to happen and for me to think ‘I can’t do this,’ and then they win,” the singer said.

Read the rest here.

Update – 6:45 p.m.: Disney star Cameron Boyce has fired Tyler Grasham after the embattled talent agent was accused of sexually assaulting young men. Boyce’s decision to fire Grasham comes after Stranger Things and It star Finn Wolfhard fired Grasham.

TheWrap has more here.

Update – 6: 40 p.m.: Agency for the Performing Arts talent agent Tyler Grasham was fired from the top Hollywood firm one day after he was accused of sexually assaulting young aspiring male actors.

“Tyler Grasham’s employment with APA has been terminated effective immediately,” APA spokesperson Manfred Westphal told TheWrap.

Update – 6:30 p.m.: Dave Ring, the lawyer of a Weinstein rape accuser, revealed more details about the alleged 2013 incident between the disgraced producer and an Italian model and actress. Ring told reporters at a press conference Friday that his client “described to the LAPD an extremely serious sexual assault and a rape” which took place when she was 34.

“While I am not able to get into details, I can tell you that she explained to them graphic detail that caused LAPD to open up a criminal investigation of sexual assault and rape,” Ring said. “I know the LAPD is investigating that. I don’t know any more than that.”

More here.

Update – 5:45 p.m.: Actress Heather Kerr said at a press conference Friday that she quit acting shortly after Harvey Weinstein “unzipped his pants and pulled out his penis,” and forced himself on her.

From The Hollywood Reporter:

Attorney Gloria Allred held a press conference Friday morning in which her client, actress Heather Kerr, who appeared on The Facts of Life, claimed ousted Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein exposed himself to her and forced himself on her sexually in a private meeting when she was an aspiring actress.

“He asked me if I was good,” said Kerr. “I started to tell him about my training and acting experience and he said, ‘No. I need to know if you’re good.’ He said if he was going to introduce me around town he needed to know if I was ‘good.’ He kept repeating that word. I offered to provide him with a reel. He had this sleazy smile on his face. Because he was sitting so close on this couch I started to get a sick feeling in my stomach. The next thing I knew he unzipped his pants and pulled out his penis.”

Kerr then claimed that Weinstein “grabbed her hand and forced it onto penis and held it there” at which point she “pulled away as casually as possible.” Weinstein then “said this is how things work in Hollywood and all actresses who’d made it did it this way.”

More here.

Update – 4:40 p.m.: Netflix’s Stranger Things star Finn Wolfhard has reportedly exited Hollywood talent agency, the Agency for the Performing Arts (APA), after the firm’s top representative for young stars was accused of sexually assaulting two young men.

More here.

Update – 2:10 p.m.: Over 200 women working in Hollywood’s animation industry sent an open letter Thursday to executives at all of the major Los Angeles studios — including Disney, Dreamworks, Warner Bros., Cartoon Network, Nickelodeon, Paramount, Sony Pictures Animation — demanding they help bring an end to the “widespread” sexual harassment and assault in the workplace.

The letter, published by Cartoon Brew, features a list of demands and comes after Nickelodeon’s firing of animated series Loud House creator Chris Savino who was accused by a dozen women of sexual harassment.

From the letter:

We, the women and gender non-conforming people of the animation community, would like to address and highlight the pervasive problem of sexism and sexual harassment in our business. We write this letter with the hope that change is possible, and ask that you listen to our stories and then make every effort to bring a real and lasting change to the culture of animation studios.

Our business has always been male-dominated. Women make up only 23% of union employees, so it’s no surprise that problems with sexism and sexual harassment exist. Sexual harassment and assault are widespread issues that primarily affect women, with women of color, members of the LGBTQ+ community and other marginalized groups affected at an even greater rate.

It has not been easy for us to share our stories with each other. Many of us were afraid because our victimizers are powerful or well-liked. Others were worried that if they came forward it would affect their careers. Some of us have come forward in the past, only to have our concerns brushed aside, or for our supervisors to tell us “he’s just from a different era.” All of us are saddened and disheartened to hear how widespread the problem of sexual harassment still is in the animation industry, and how many of our friends had been suffering in secret.

More here.

Update – 1:53 p.m.: Netflix recently reached a settlement with former HR director Barry Coleman, who accused executives at the streaming giant of “tolerating harassment and discrimination” and blasted the company’s “veneer of a perfect disruptive, progressive” business.

From The Hollywood Reporter:

Recently, Netflix reached a settlement with Coleman over his $1.5 million claims and required him to stay mum about the dispute. Nevertheless, Coleman’s story can now be told. Discrimination and harassment lawsuits tend to be personal and one-sided, and they are particularly tricky subjects to report on because such allegations can carry career-long consequences for those involved. But as Hollywood and members of the media continue to look inward in the wake of the Harvey Weinstein scandal, and as lawmakers consider changes, including voiding non-disclosure agreements in instances of workplace harassment, more stories concerning hostile workplaces are coming to light. It should be noted right away that Netflix vehemently denies Coleman’s allegations.

Coleman, 52, arrived at Netflix after working in the human resources departments of several large multi-national corporations. Netflix was apparently impressed enough by a presentation on how to do business in China that Coleman gave in March 2015 to later offer him a job. Barbie Graver, then the vp of talent at Netflix, recruited Coleman, according to court documents. She indicated interest in making him an offer in December, 2015, but three hours after the two spoke on the phone, Coleman experienced a tragedy. He learned his son had been murdered in Colorado.

Things got worse, from Coleman’s perspective. He claimed a male superior in Netflix’s talent group made romantic advances on him in April 2016 by speaking about a rendezvous with a handsome business executive and inviting Coleman along. “Being heterosexual, [Coleman] was uncomfortable with [the superior’s] advances and attempted to keep some distance so as not to offend his superior,” stated a complaint filed in Los Angeles Superior Court. “However, the invitations to go out continued.”

Read the full report here.

Update – 1:00 p.m.: Longtime chairman and CEO of Vox Media Jim Bankoff announced to staff Friday that the sexual harassment investigation that led to former editorial director Lockhart Steele’s firing is “ongoing” and that law firm Gibson Dunn has been brought in to  assist in the investigation.

More here.

Update – 12:00 p.m.: Actress Sean Young Barbra Streisand shamed her when she accused Warren Beatty of sexual harassment.

From TMZ:

Sean was on “Dudley and Bob with Matt Show” on KLBJ-FM in Austin Thursday and when they asked her about Harvey Weinstein … she remembered an encounter with Babs. The ‘Ace Ventura’ star said she auditioned back in the ’80s for a movie Streisand was directing. She claims Streisand ripped into her because Young accused Beatty of firing her after she rejected his advances.

Besides that, Sean claims she had her own run-in with Weinstein’s genitals.

As for the Streisand story — her rep tells us Barbra’s response is, “I have no memory of ever having interviewed Sean Young, and I do not condone harassment of women under any circumstances.”

Update – 11:00 a.m.: Vox Media editorial director Lockhart Steele fired after being accused of sexually harassing a former employee.

More here.

Update – 10:00 a.m.: Harvey Weinstein’s rape accuser’s lawyer David Ring to hold a news conference today to “share more information about the case,” TMZ reports.

The outlet says LAPD investigators are concerned that the woman — an Italian model and actress, who said Weinstein raped her in a Beverly Hills hotel in 2010 — courted the media while she was being questioned by the police, which could potentially poison the prosecutors’ jury selection process.

Update – 9:45 a.m.: Harvey Weinstein is reportedly arriving late to sex rehab group therapy sessions, falling asleep during them, and ranting about how the myriad sex assault and harassment allegations against him are “all a conspiracy” and that “all the encounters were consensual.”

From Page Six:

The source told us, “In one group therapy session, Harvey arrived 15 minutes late. Then, when it was his turn to speak, he launched into a speech about how this is all a conspiracy against him.”

The source added that as others at the clinic shared their personal stories, “Harvey fell asleep in his chair. He was only woken up by the ringing of his smuggled mobile phone [which is banned at the facility] . . . Harvey jolted awake, jumped up, immediately took the call and then ran out of the room.”

“He insists he never raped or assaulted anyone, and that all the encounters were consensual. He realizes he has acted like an a–hole, but he still insists he’s not a rapist. He does have his phone, but when he is in therapy, he has to give it to someone else,” the source said, adding, “The characterization of what he said and what happened at the group session isn’t true.”

Update – 9:30 a.m.: Actress Lara Flynn Boyle, known for her roles in the 90s crime drama Twin Peaks and Men in Black II, made a rare public appearance Sunday in downtown Los Angeles for the 15th annual LA County Walk to Defeat ALS and spoke with The Hollywood Reporter about being sexually harassed in Hollywood “all the time.”

“It still stays with you. You still remember things that were not quite appropriate, but you move on and that’s all you can do I guess. I support all the actresses that have come forward,” she said.

Update – 9:00 a.m.: A November hearing has been set, in which the Television Academy’s board of governors is expected to expel Harvey Weinstein.

The TV Academy’s full statement via Deadline:

Sexual harassment in any form is abhorrent and totally unacceptable. Television is a collaborative industry and we fully support those who have been affected by these allegations. The Television Academy stands united with those throughout the industry condemning such behavior in the strongest terms.

The Television Academy’s Board of Governors met this evening. In accordance with the Academy’s established procedures, it was overwhelmingly decided to initiate disciplinary proceedings concerning Academy member Harvey Weinstein; such proceedings could result in action up to and including termination of Academy membership.  Per the Academy’s bylaws, a hearing has been set for early November.

Update – 11:15 p.m.: Actress Natasha Lyonne says she was “overpowered” by an unnamed Hollywood film director when she “was roughly 19.”

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I’d always felt like the oldest girl in showbiz. By the time I met Gary Fleder for his Janis Joplin film I was roughly 19 and already had been at work as a kid actor for 13 years. I wanted the part so bad. No one knew Janis like I did from the inside out. I’d known her that way since I’d memorized all her lyrics as a little girl actress readying myself for the day I got to play her. And here it was. Slums of Beverly Hills had just come out & I was a hot commodity. We would meet in LA while I was in town to discuss the project. He was 35-40. I was staying at my friend Zoe’s apt in West Hollywood. I didn’t have a car cuz I lived in New York City. I thought I was a real tough guy back then. Sometimes I still do. I wore baby blue corduroy bell bottoms stolen from my friend Annie P and a white wife beater. My hair was huge, curly, messy. Big platform boots. Gary offered to pick me up since I had no car. That seemed fair. I’m pretty sure it was still daylight. We went to a bar on Sunset & I started drinking Southern Comfort figuring, hey- this’ll prove how Method I am. Janis loved Southern Comfort. Being broken & freewheeling. People loved identifying with her pain & her mess. I can remember him driving me back to Zoe’s place & me saying not to come up but really what I recall is suddenly having this huge guy overpowering me and me saying the word “NO” quite clearly. He won I guess. When we woke up I vaguely remember some form of a goodbye on his part like we’d had a fun night. I was pretty devastated by the whole scene and declined flying back to LA for the screentest. In my head at the time I tried to comfort myself with some of her “get it while you can” shtick or maybe that one about how “freedom's just another word for nothing left to lose/nothing, I mean nothing, honey if it isn't free”; beating myself up for not being clear headed, wondering what the hell had just gone down and if I’d allowed it. But now, I also think of these words of hers to the young girls unsure if to speak up, in awe of those who already have & to the teenager inside me still questioning if my truth is valid enough: “Don't compromise yourself. You are all you've got.”

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Update – 11:00 p.m.: Actress Lupita Nyong’o is the latest actress to accuse Harvey Weinstein of sexual harassment, the Star Wars star alleging that she gave the disgraced producer a massage in his hotel room when she was still a student at the Yale School of Drama in 2011.

“I began to massage his back to buy myself time to figure out how to extricate myself from this undesirable situation. Before long he said he wanted to take off his pants,” she wrote in an op-ed for The New York Times. “I told him not to do that and informed him that it would make me extremely uncomfortable. He got up anyway to do so and I headed for the door, saying that I was not at all comfortable with that.”

Nyong’o escaped that hotel room only to find herself a few months later being pressured into having dinner in Weinstein’s room.

“I told him I preferred to eat in the restaurant. He told me not to be so naive. If I wanted to be an actress, then I had to be willing to do this sort of thing,” she wrote. “He said he had dated Famous Actress X and Y and look where that had gotten them.”

Read Nyong’o’s full story here.

Update – 9:00 p.m.: Iconic magician David Blaine is under investigation after model Natasha Prince accused him of raping her in London.

From the Daily Beast:

Natasha Prince claims Blaine raped her at a private home in London’s Chelsea neighborhood in the summer of 2004, months after her 21st birthday, she told The Daily Beast in her first-ever interview on the subject.

“Officers from the Met’s Child Abuse and Sexual Offences Command are investigating an allegation of rape,” Scotland Yard said in a statement to The Daily Beast. “The allegation was reported to police on 17 November 2016 by a woman who alleged she was raped at an address in Chelsea in June or July 2004 when she was aged 21. There have been no arrests at this stage and enquiries continue.”

Police last month emailed Prince that they had requested Blaine, through his attorney, come to the U.K. for an “interview under caution” where he would be provided with the particulars of the allegation. Blaine’s attorney, Marty Singer, denied all allegations to The Daily Beast in a statement.

More here.

Update – 7:00 p.m.: Harvey Weinstein was sobbing and reportedly told his assistant “I’m not that guy. I’m not that guy,” after the New York Times bombshell article went to print, alleging decades of sexual harassment by the disgraced movie mogul. But as the days passed, and another expose went to print, including 2015 audio of Weinstein harassing and assaulting Ambra Battilana Gutierrez, current and former Weinstein Company employees told The New Yorker that they were devastated — “some began to shake, and many of them wept as they contemplated the roles they might have played as accomplices, unwitting or not” — to Weinstein’s decades of abuse.

From The New Yorker

But many current and former Weinstein Company employees have come forward in recent days to insist that, in fact, they didn’t know. This week, several employees at the Weinstein Company’s New York office drafted a statement defending themselves, which they submitted to The New Yorker. The document, which they say has the support of approximately thirty of their colleagues at the Weinstein Company, is anonymous: it’s unclear, with the company in turmoil, whether the nondisclosure agreements they signed as a condition of employment will be enforced. One supporter of the statement told me, “This awful helpless feeling of being vilified for something you never knew was creating this feeling of true despair.” The statement reads, in part:

We all knew that we were working for a man with an infamous temper. We did not know we were working for a serial sexual predator. We knew that our boss could be manipulative. We did not know that he used his power to systematically assault and silence women. We had an idea that he was a womanizer who had extra-marital affairs. We did not know he was a violent aggressor and alleged rapist.

But to say that we are shocked and surprised only makes us part of the problem.

Our company was built on Harvey’s unbridled ambition—his aggressive deal making, his insatiable desire to win and get what he wanted, his unabashed love for celebrity—these traits were legendary, and the art they produced made an indelible mark on the entertainment industry.

But we now know that behind closed doors, these were the same traits that made him a monster. He created a toxic ecosystem where his abuse could flourish unchecked for decades.

An assistant who co-wrote the letter described to me, by phone, the events of October 5th, the day the first Times story was published. Harvey came in to work at 375 Greenwich Street, his fiefdom (his brother Bob worked at a different address), where he had a “lair”: in addition to an office, there was a large living room with a commodious couch and trophy walls of photographs of Harvey and his stars. He expressed satisfaction that the piece had come out on a Thursday rather than a Sunday, when, by his reckoning, more people would have seen it. The assistant told Harvey that he was resigning from his position. (He is hoping to be reassigned within the company.) Harvey offered to provide a reference—he didn’t yet understand how undesirable that would be. Later, as the assistant was leaving to spend the afternoon drinking and strategizing with his colleagues at a nearby pub, he says that Harvey reached for his arm. Sobbing, Harvey said, “I’m not that guy. I’m not that guy.”

More here.

Update – 6:15 p.m.: Quentin Tarantino, who has collaborated with Harvey Weinstein on several films since the 90s and has won two Oscars working with the disgraced filmmaker, told The New York Times that he has for years been aware of Weinstein’s behavior.

“I knew enough to do more than I did,” Tarantino said. “There was more to it than just the normal rumors, the normal gossip. It wasn’t secondhand. I knew he did a couple of these things.”

“I wish I had taken responsibility for what I heard,” he added. “If I had done the work I should have done then, I would have had to not work with him.”

More here.

Update – 6:00 p.m.: Harvey Weinstein is the subject of an LAPD investigation into whether he raped an Italian model in 2013.

“The Los Angeles Police Department’s Robbery Homicide Division has interviewed a potential sexual assault victim involving Harvey Weinstein which allegedly occurred in 2013,” said Officer Tony Im, an LAPD spokesman. “The case is under investigation.”

More here.

Update – 5:50 p.m.: Katya Mtsitouridze, a Russian TV host and head of Roskino, Russia’s Federal Agency on Culture and Cinematography, claims she was once led to Harvey Weinstein’s hotel room only to find him in a bathrobe requesting a massage.

More at The Hollywood Reporter here.

Update – 4:45 p.m.: TMZ caught up with Polish model Joanna Krupa, who says she was warned more than a decade ago about Harvey Weinstein’s reputation for being sexually aggressive with young women.

Video here.

Update – 3:06 p.m.: Nick Cannon says parents should keep their kids the far away from Hollywood.


We got Nick out at LAX Wednesday and wanted to get his take on whether kids are safe in the industry following Reese Witherspoon’s revelation she was sexually assaulted by a director as a 16-year-old. She confessed the harrowing experience amid Harvey Weinstein’s continuing fallout.

Nick — himself a kid actor, performer and teenage star — had zero hesitation about where he stands: kids shouldn’t be working … especially in Hollywood.

Update – 2:44 p.m.: The Directors Guild of America (DGA) will discuss “the very serious issue of sexual harassment in the industry” at its upcoming members meeting Saturday.

Deadline reports that the DGA could take a leaf from the Academy and the Producer Guild and expel Harvey Weinstein this week, although its rules are reportedly more rigid and would have to be followed to the letter in order for him to be kicked out.

More from Deadline.

Update – 2:15 p.m.: Penny Lancaster, the former model and wife of Rod Stewart, said this week she was drugged and raped by a fashion industry executive when she was a teenager.

From Page Six:

“I found myself facedown on the bed with him on top of me,” Lancaster tearfully said. “I couldn’t tell my mum or dad because I thought they would say to me, ‘Why did you go back to his house?’ But, he was a client I had worked with and he promised to introduce me to other people.”

Lancaster says she was “naive” and that she “trusted” the unidentified man.

“I can’t remember much of what happened but he he was on top of me and enjoying the experience but I certainly wasn’t,” she added.

Update – 1:19 p.m.: New York Lawmakers Target Non-Disclosure Clauses in Wake of Harvey Weinstein Scandal

From Variety:

Two New York lawmakers are leading an effort to void the type of non-disclosure agreements that for years kept accusers of Harvey Weinstein from going public with allegations of sexual harassment.

The most recent version of the legislation, sponsored by State Sen. Brad Hoylman and Assemblywoman Nily Rozic, both Democrats, would make null and void any provision that had the effect of concealing claims of harassment, as well as other labor violations, like discrimination, retaliation, and non-payment of wages. It also includes claims that are submitted to arbitration, a process that often is covered by confidentiality provisions.

Hoylman introduced the legislation in the Senate earlier this year, in response to the allegations that surfaced against Fox News chieftain Roger Ailes.

Update – 11:56 a.m.: TMZ reports that Colony Capital is getting cold feet about potentially buying The Weinstein Company after taking a look at its books.


We’re told the deals the company made — especially movie deals — are falling apart left and right. As one source connected to the company tells TMZ, “I haven’t seen this much anger EVER in this business. Companies are taking this one personally.”

We’re told the finances and state of the company are so daunting, Colony Capital — which has been in negotiations to buy TWC — is no longer sure it makes sense. Colony fears that even by changing the name and doing a complete personnel change, there’s a taint that just won’t go away.

More here.

Update – 11:53 a.m.: Academy under pressure to boot Roman Polanski, Bill Cosby after expelling Harvey Weinstein.

Page Six:

“We are baffled by this,” said p.r. man Edward Lozzi, representing two of Cosby’s accusers, actresses Louisa Moritz and Carla Ferrigno, wife of new academy member Lou Ferrigno.

In a letter to AMPAS president John Bailey, Lozzi said of keeping the men in the group, “This is negligent hypocrisy.”

“Where does it end?” asked one academy voter. “This could be like the removal of Civil War monuments.”

More here.

Update – 11:18 a.m.: The British Film Institute has revoked its highest honor from Weinstein, the BFI Fellowship, which it awarded the now-disgraced producer in 2002.

More at the Hollywood Reporter.

Update – 10:52 a.m.: Octavia Spencer: Women from around the world are banding together.”

Update – 9:39 p.m.: Blythe Danner wrote a letter to the New York Times Wednesday blasting Maureen Dowd for criticizing her daughter’s handling of her experience with Harvey Weinstein when she was 22 years old.

Danner writes at NYT:

I cannot remain silent while Maureen Dowd disparages my daughter, Gwyneth Paltrow, for the manner in which she chose to handle Harvey Weinstein’s attempt at a sexual encounter when she was 22 (“Harvey Weinstein, Hollywood’s Oldest Horror Story,” column, Oct. 15).

Gwyneth did not “put aside her qualms to become ‘the first lady of Miramax’ ” back then, as Ms. Dowd would have it. She continued to hold her own and insist that Mr. Weinstein treat her with respect. She had learned from her father, the producer and director Bruce Paltrow, how to stand up for herself. Bruce received the first Diversity Award from the Directors Guild for helping women and minorities in our business. His daughter wasn’t the only woman he taught to fight for herself.

Full letter here.

Update – 9:27 a.m.: The sexual harassment scandal engulfing Hollywood continues to spill over into the music industry.

Singer Tom Jones told the BBC in a radio interview this week that harassment is also prevalent in the music business, and “what’s tried on women is tried on men as well.” (More here.)

Meanwhile, Dorothy Carvello, who spent 20 years working in A&R at a number of major record labels, detailed her own experiences with sexual harassment, and shared a story about the late Atlantic Records chief Ahmet Ertegun.

More on the latter story at Variety.

Update – 9:18 p.m.: Former supermodel Christy Turlington says sexual harassment and abuse are still widespread in the fashion industry.

From the Associated Press:

“The industry is surrounded by predators who thrive on the constant rejection and loneliness so many of us have experienced at some point in our careers. I feel fortunate that I did not personally experience anything traumatic, but also know that is not the norm,” she told Women’s Wear Daily in an interview published Wednesday.

The former supermodel, who is married to actor-director Ed Burns, said her mother was often by her side in the early days and once she grew successful, “I was handled with extra care.”

Update – 8:49 a.m.: Actress Laura Dern has revealed she was sexually assaulted when she was just 14 years old.

From the New York Daily News:

Dern, 50, appeared on “The Ellen Show” Wednesday where she recounted her night at the Elle Women in Hollywood event and told the comedian that she came to the realization just that morning about her assault experiences.

“I woke up and I realized that in that space I talked about how I was one of the lucky ones because I was raised by actors who told me their stories and told me what to look out for, and I realized that I was I still justifying behavior,” the daughter of actors Bruce Dern and Diane Ladd said.

“And it was my mom who said, ‘No, no, no, Laura — that was sexual assault. That was harassment. That was assault. No, you were 14 then,'” she continued.

Update – Thurs. Oct. 19 – 8:43 a.m.: Rose McGowan, perhaps the actress most vocally leading the charge against sexual harassment and abuse in the entertainment industry since the Weinstein scandal broke two weeks ago, has cancelled all public appearances due to “compounding factors” related to the scandal.

From E! News:

Understandably, Rose McGowan isn’t in the mood to walk a red carpet.

Late Wednesday night, less than 24 hours before McGowan was scheduled to receive the Ad Astra Award at the Tallgrass Film Festival in Wichita, organizers announced she had rescinded their invitation. In a statement, the organizers said the 44-year-old actress-turned director informed them she has canceled “all upcoming public appearances due to compounding factors surrounding recent revelations in the Harvey Weinstein sexual harassment case.” In addition to being honored, she had also been expected to host a screening of her directorial debut, Dawn.

More at E!

Update – 8:00 p.m.: Some New York lawmakers are looking to change the state’s non-disclosure clauses in the wake of the Weinstein scandal.

From Variety: 

Two New York lawmakers are leading an effort to void the type of non-disclosure agreements that for years kept accusers of Harvey Weinstein from going public with allegations of sexual harassment.

The most recent version of the legislation, sponsored by State Sen. Brad Hoylman and Assemblywoman Nily Rozic, both Democrats, would make null and void any provision that had the effect of concealing claims of harassment, as well as other labor violations, like discrimination, retaliation, and non-payment of wages. It also includes claims that are submitted to arbitration, a process that often is covered by confidentiality provisions.

Hoylman introduced the legislation in the Senate earlier this year, in response to the allegations that surfaced against Fox News chieftain Roger Ailes.

More here.

Update – 6:50 p.m.: Harvard University is set to rescind the W.E.B. Du Bois Medal it awarded to Harvey Weinstein in 2014 for his contributions to African American culture, Page Six reports.

Update – 6:00 p.m.: Veteran TV and film critic Maureen Ryan alleges that “the television executive who sexually assaulted me in 2014 broke me.”

From Variety

I can’t name my attacker for legal reasons. But I won’t be silent any more. A television executive assaulted me, and the specific power dynamics of this industry aid and abet men like him.

The television executive who assaulted me was the boyfriend of someone I’d known in the industry for some time. I did not think the boyfriend of someone I knew would assault me. I did not think he would do it at an industry-adjacent event. I did not think he would make a sexually crude, harassing remark about me in front of dozens of people, which was extremely embarrassing.

I did not think that, a short time later, he would put his hands on me and say utterly disgusting things. I did not think he would come after me again, and then, when I’d moved away, grope me again, and hiss more even more crude, humiliating things into my ear. He came after me three times in total. He hunted me. The word predator works on so many levels.

Read Ryan’s full story here.

Update – 5:40 p.m.: Disgraced Amazon executive Roy Price reportedly wanted to know if Big Little Lies stars  Nicole Kidman and Reese Witherspoon would “show their t-ts.”

From THR: 

In addition, Amazon — along with HBO, Showtime and Netflix — was offered a chance to lock up the planned Nicole Kidman-Reese Witherspoon series Big Little Lies. The project was a hot commodity and the other bidders made straight-to-series offers. Price would only allow Amazon to offer a development deal, and company insiders say at a staff holiday party at the Lucky Strike bowling alley in Hollywood, Price asked a group of staffers if the two stars would “show their tits” and mused aloud why he would greenlight the show if they didn’t. (In fact, Kidman did multiple nude scenes.) Big Little Lies went to HBO and won eight Emmys — four times more than Amazon’s overall haul.

More here.

Update – 5:07 p.m.: Actress Marisa Coughlan, who worked on two projects for Harvey Weinstein when he was the head of Miramax, revealed to The Hollywood Reporter that the disgraced producer “wanted to barter sex for movie roles.”

From THR: 

“He told me that he has a lot of ‘special friends’ and they give each other massages,” Coughlan states. “It was a full-court press. He wanted me to be one of his ‘special friends’ and go into the bedroom. I told him that I had a serious boyfriend and reminded him that he was married and that we should keep this professional. I was so blindsided. Not one ounce of me anticipated it. It was the weirdest meeting I’ve ever had in my life.”

Read the rest here.

Update – 4:34 p.m.: Weinstein driver at Cannes recalls picking up girls “in tears.”

Page Six:

The chauffeur — one of the few in Cannes willing to drive Weinstein around — said he was tasked with delivering women, both actresses and hookers, to the Hollywood horndog’s hotel.

“I felt like driving poor innocent people, innocent girls, taking them into the wolf’s mouth and I could not tell them ‘where you put your feet, it’s dangerous,. ‘” he told French TV news network BFMTV.

The girls often came out of his hotel in tears in the morning, he said.

More here.

Update – 2:55 p.m.: Channing Tatum halts work on a movie about sexual abuse that had been set up at The Weinstein Company.

From the Hollywood Reporter:

Channing Tatum is getting out of business with The Weinstein Co.

The actor and producer announced in a joint statement with his producing partner Reid Carolin that the duo are stopping development on a film adaptation of Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock, following the emergence of decades of sexual assault, sexual harassment and rape allegations against Harvey Weinstein.

The 2013 young-adult novel by Matthew Quick centers on a troubled teenager who plans to kill his best friend and then himself. He first visits the four people closest to him, giving each of them a present. As the day goes on, secrets of his past are revealed, including experiences of sexual abuse.

Update – 2:01 p.m.: Actress Kristen Stewart tells attendees at the Elle Women in Hollywood event this week not to forget about “below-the-line” film industry workers who are sexually harassed or abused, and don’t have the stature of celebrity around them.

“So I’d say let’s be aware of this on every level. Those girls are as duct-taped as one could possibly be because they are in fear of getting their next job, as is every actress, too, same deal.”

More at THR.

Update – 1:23 p.m.: Former prosecutor Marcia Clark (of O.J. Simpson case fame) says Weinstein should expect to face criminal charges.

Full video at TMZ.

Update – 1:06 p.m.: A legal startup backed by billionaire Peter Thiel is offering a $100,000 “bounty,” or really just financial assistance, to any woman with a credible claim of sexual harassment or abuse against Harvey Weinstein.

From Deadline:

The company is extending the financial assistance any woman with what it deems a “valid sexual harassment claim” against the disgraced mogul, who has faced waves of allegations of sexual harassment and abuse spanning three decades. The latest Thiel-Weinstein news comes on the heels of Charles Harder’s exit as Harvey Weinstein’s attorney. Harder had represented Thiel in the milestone Hulk Hogan legal victory over Gawker.

But Eva Shang, one of Legalist’s founders, says the company’s motive is genuine interest in the case, not opportunism. She said the company has made some offers in other previous cases that were higher than $100,000. As the Weinstein saga has unfolded, she said, it revealed real needs on the part of those pursuing complaints. “Especially as a female founder,” she told Deadline, “as I read these reports of eight cases of settlements being paid to women, for very modest amounts and without a single case being filed, it seemed like a situation where we could help women get the justice they deserve.”

More here.

Update – 11:49 a.m.: Nickelodeon’s ‘The Loud House’ Creator Suspended Amid Sexual Harassment Claims

This is what happens when an environment is created where alleged victims feel comfortable to name a name.

According to Cartoon Brew, as many as 12 women came forward to accuse Savino of harassment including unwanted sexual advances and threats of blacklisting after relationships with co-workers had ended. The site said the reports date back at least a decade.

Savino’s credits include Rocko’s Modern Life and The Powerpuff Girls and The Loud House is the first show he created. It follows 11-year-old Lincoln as he gives an inside look at what it takes to survive in the bedlam of a large family, especially as the only boy with 10 sisters. It launched in May 2016 and last October was renewed for a third season.

Although no specifics were released, this sounds like a nightmare for these women.

If the naming of names can happen internally in this way, that is every bit as effective.

Update – 10:52 a.m.: No names named –> Linda Bloodworth-Thomason: Lessons from Witnessing Four Decades of Harassment in Hollywood 

Update – 10:51 a.m.: No names named –>  A+E Chief Nancy Dubuc: Abuse of Power Begins With Unconscious Male Bias

Update – 10:49 a.m.: No names named –> Broad City’ Star Ilana Glazer Fired Staffers For Sexual Harassment

Update – 10:48 a.m.: Kevin Smith will donate future Harvey Weinstein residuals

Update – 9:52 a.m.: THR’s latest cover keeps the focus on one man, keeps the scandal contained to one villain. Shameful wagon circling, especially in light of the wave of accusations against countless others who will apparently remain nameless … and free to keep right on harassing and assaulting:

Update – 9:47 a.m.: Elizabeth Olsen, Jane Rosenthal Demand Justice for Sexual Assault Victims at Chanel Tribeca Lunch

Before our very eyes you can see the issue of sexual assault becoming a chic trend, a bandwagon to get your name in the trades. But nothing is being done to punish the bad guys. No one is naming names. Everyone is being made to feel good about “speaking out,” pretending to do something, while at the same time protecting the status quo:

“I was surprised and not as surprised,” Elizabeth Olsen, who’s volunteered at the Rape Treatment Center, told Variety, “because I’m around women and children who’ve been sexually assaulted every week. I think we have a really insane epidemic, and it’s amazing to hear women who feel comfortable or safe enough to speak out.” She hopes it has a “ripple effect:” “It’s not just about the film industry; it’s not about a casting couch. It’s about women being too scared to speak up for how they’re treated and the taboo of talking about it, and about trying to change that.”

Olsen stars in “Wind River,” The Weinstein Company’s sole contender in this year’s Oscar race — though she hopes his stigma doesn’t deter audiences. “To be able to make a movie about two subjects that you don’t really get to hear that often — sexual assault and reservation life — I feel proud to be a part of that movie,” Olsen said. “And I hope people continue to see it, and I hope Weinstein’s name is not an attachment or a comment on our film.”

Update – 9:51 a.m.: A TV Executive Sexually Assaulted Me: A Critic’s Personal Story

No name is named but the story is heartbreaking.

Update – 8:58 a.m.: ‘Gary Shandling Show’  Reveals Lurid Details of Harassment on Set — and Why It Cost Her a Job


Once we got on the air, we were golden. I was, at any rate; I wrote two of first six episodes, both of which got a nice write-up in the L.A. Times, both of which said nice things about me, the writer, the only woman on staff. What could possibly go wrong?

The guys started excluding me from meetings: “Oh, we couldn’t find you”…at my desk. Then they started excluding me from the table, instead assigning me “the slit scenes” to write. Even though these scenes were the ones that featured the only female castmember, it didn’t occur to me exactly what slit they were referring to until one day in the ladies room.

Update – 8:57 a.m.: Director: I got fired because Weinstein thought star wasn’t ‘f–kable’

Page Six:

“‘I said, ‘She is the best actress for the job, Harvey,’” Caton-Jones said, referring to now-acclaimed British actress Sophie Okonedo.

“And we started arguing about it. It was only when I said to Harvey, ‘Don’t screw up the casting of this film because you want to get laid,’ whereupon he went mental.”

The flick was the 1998 cult classic “B. Monkey.’’

The job went to actress Asia Argento, one of the women who accused Weinstein of rape.

Update – 8:25 a.m.: Oprah speaks.

Update – 8:08 a.m.: Lena Headey claims she was sexually harassed by Harvey Weinstein

Update – 8:04 a.m.: Jessica Chastain Blasts Hollywood Hypocrisy: ‘We’re Very Quick to Point the Finger at Others’


At Elle Magazine’s Women In Entertainment event Monday evening, actress Jessica Chastain took her turn at the podium as an opportunity to call out hypocrisy in Hollywood.

*”This is an industry rife with racism, sexism and homophobia,”* she said, speaking to a room full of women including Laura Dern, Riley Keough and Aaron Sorkin. “It is so closely woven into the fabric of the business that we have become snowblind to the glaring injustices happening every day.”

She continued, *”Oh we’re very quick to point the finger at others and address the issue with social action and fundraising. Yet there is a clear disconnect between how we practice what we preach in our industry.”* [emphasis added]

Update – 7:57 a.m.: “Los Angeles City Attorney “Will Prosecute” Harvey Weinstein If Victims Come Forward”


“Please come forward so your cases — and justice — can be pursued,” said Mike Feueron Tuesday as the LAPD requested victims of the Oscar-winning producer to go public. “We take allegations like these very seriously, and where the facts support conviction, we will prosecute,” he added.

As more and more claims of harassment or assault by Weinstein emerge, the New York Police Department and the London Metropolitan Police are already investigating potential complaints. The LAPD has not officially started its own probe, but, as Deadline reported last week, it is seriously considering doing so.

Update – 7:00 p.m.: Actress Molly Ringwald — who made it big in Hollywood in the mid-80s starring in cult classics including Pretty in Pink, The Breakfast Club, and Sixteen Candles — wrote about her experiences with sexual harassment in Hollywood and her connection with Harvey Weinstein.

In a New Yorker article titled “All the Other Harvey’s,” the Riverdale star addressed an explicit comment Jeffrey Katzenberg was quoted as saying in a Movieline article in 1995.

“The head of a major studio — and, incidentally, someone who claims himself to be horrified by the Harvey allegations—was quoted as saying, ‘I wouldn’t know [Molly Ringwald] if she sat on my face.’ Maybe he was misquoted. If he ever sent a note of apology, it must have gotten lost in the mail.”

Katzenberg extended an apology to Ringwald Tuesday, saying “That Molly Ringwald had to read those words attributed to me and believe I said them is horrifying, mortifying and embarrassing to me.”

Ringwald recounts how when she “was thirteen, a fifty-year-old crew member told me that he would teach me to dance, and then proceeded to push against me with an erection. When I was fourteen, a married film director stuck his tongue in my mouth on set.”

The actress said she was “lucky” that she was never “cajoled into a taxi, nor did I have to turn down giving or getting a massage” while filming the Weinstein-backed 1990 movie Strike It Rich.

Read Ringwald’s essay here.

Update – 5:35 p.m.: TMZ reports the Harvey Weinstein was apologetic in his remarks in a meeting with the Weinstein Co. board of directors Tuesday morning, where he officially resigned from the company he co-found.

From TMZ:

Harvey Weinstein was apologetic and contrite during the Board of Directors meeting Tuesday when he resigned under pressure from the Board … sources connected to the meeting tell TMZ.

We’re told there was no screaming, no yelling, no anger. Harvey Weinstein told the Board, “I have a real problem,” and then apologized for the “trouble and confusion” he caused TWC.

We’re told Weinstein, who was on speaker phone from Arizona, told the Board he needed to build a new life and move on.

Update – 5:15 p.m.: The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences president John Bailey released a lengthy statement Tuesday to the organization’s 8,427 members addressing the Weinstein scandal engulfing Hollywood.

“The Academy cannot, and will not, be an inquisitorial court,” Bailey wrote, “But we can be a part of a larger initiative to define standards of behavior, and to support the vulnerable women and men who may be at personal and career risk because of violations of ethical standards by their peers.”

Read Bailey statement in full here.

Update – 4:40 p.m.: Roy Price has resigned as Amazon Studios head, according to The Hollywood Reporter

Update – 4:30 p.m.: Spike TV is investigating executive producer Amanda Segel’s allegation that Bob Weinstein sexually harassed her.

“We take all allegations of this nature very seriously, and are investigating,” Spike TV said in a statement.

Bob Weinstein’s attorney denied the accusations, saying “There is no way in the world that Bob Weinstein is guilty of sexual harassment.”

Update – 4:00 p.m.: Actress Jessica Chastain scorched her industry speaking at the At Elle Magazine’s Women In Entertainment event on Monday evening, calling Hollywood an “industry rife with racism, sexism and homophobia.”

“It is so closely woven into the fabric of the business that we have become snowblind to the glaring injustices happening everyday,” she said.

The actress added: “Oh we’re very quick to point the finger at others and address the issue with social action and fundraising. Yet there is a clear disconnect between how we practice what we preach in our industry.” Chastain pointed specifically to actors and actresses who have been told to stay closeted while the industry champions same-sex marriage, as well as the wage gap that exists between the sexes even as the industry itself supports equal pay legislation.”

Update – 3:00 p.m.: Bob Weinstein has been accused of sexual harassment by Spike TV showrunner and Mist executive producer Amanda Segel.

According to Variety:

Amanda Segel, an executive producer of “Mist,” said Weinstein repeatedly made romantic overtures to her and asked her to join him for private dinners. The harassment began in the summer of 2016 and continued on and off for about three months until Segel’s lawyer, David Fox of Myman Greenspan, informed TWC executives — including COO David Glasser — that she would leave the show if Bob Weinstein did not stop contacting her on personal matters.

“‘No’ should be enough,” Segel told Variety. “After ‘no,’ anybody who has asked you out should just move on. Bob kept referring to me that he wanted to have a friendship. He didn’t want a friendship. He wanted more than that. My hope is that ‘no’ is enough from now on.”

Read the full report here.

Update – 2:15 p.m.: Harvey Weinstein resigned Tuesday from the Weinstein Co. board of directors and still owns 22% of the company’s stock, variety reports.

The reported resignation comes more than a week after the board voted to fire Weinstein, a decision he has called illegal.

Read the full report here.

Update – 2:00 p.m.: Another actor, this time Skeet Ulrich — who starred in the Weinstein-produced horror classic Scream — said he knew and “most people knew” about the allegations against Weinstein.

“I had dinner with someone who is one of the most famous women on the planet — I won’t say who it is — who has not come out, who told me similar things.… There is nothing you can do. I mean, what am I gonna do? I can’t step up, certainly then, on allegations,” Ulrich told Cosmopolitan. Honestly, and I think it’s what most people faced: How do you cut your livelihood from a very powerful corporation on something that you don’t know what the facts are?”

Read the rest here.

Update – 1:45 p.m.: Game of Thrones star Lena Headey revealed Tuesday that she had a series of disturbing encounters with Weinstein, one of which brought her to tears.

Years after she says Weinstein came on to her at the Venice Film Festival in 2005, the two shared a tense elevator ride to Weinstein’s room.

Weinstein “said, let’s go up to my room, I want to give you a script,” Headey wrote on Twitter. “We walked to the lift and the energy shifted, my whole body went into high alert, the lift was going up and I said to Harvey, I’m not interested in anything other than work. He was silent as I spoke, furious.”

Headey said she felt “completely powerless” as Weinstein “marched” her toward his room. After realizing that his room key didn’t work, he walked the actress back to the elevator.

“He whispered in my ear ‘Don’t tell anyone about this, not your manager, not your agent.’ I got into my car and I cried,” the British actress wrote.

Update – 1:20 p.m.: Actress Lauren Holly recounted a “late 1990s” incident in which she said a naked Weinstein “got out of the shower, he didn’t put on the robe, and he came toward me.”

In an appearance Monday on the Canadian daytime talk show The Social, the Dumb and Dumber and NCIS star — who also starred in the Weinstein-produced 1996 romance comedy Beautiful Girls — said the mogul told her it would be a “bad decision” if she left the room. Holly said it was then that she “pushed him and ran.”

Update – 1:00 p.m.: Comedian Donnell Rawlings could land in hot water for this one, similarly to how Donna Karan’s reaction went over, telling TMZ that for all the women who “had issues with Harvey Weinstein but at least a thousand women didn’t have issues.”

Asked if he would work with Weinstein, Rawlings said “As long as he don’t grab my d*ck … I’d work with Harvey Weinstein.”

Update – 11:30 a.m.: Weinstein Screenwriter Scott Rosenberg: ‘Everybody F**king Knew’

Update – 10:45 a.m.: Jeffery Katzenberg — who was chairman of Walt Disney Studios from 1984 to 1994 and was later a co-founder and CEO of DreamWorks Animation — said Hollywood sex predators are “a pack of wolves” and said Harvey Weinstein “didn’t act alone.”

“The casting couch has been in Hollywood from the beginning,” Katzenberg said Monday at the WSJD tech conference. “The complicity around the acceptance of it and silence about it is the crime. Harvey Weinstein, make no mistake about it, he is a monster.”

“The problem is there’s a pack of wolves. He’s not a lone actor in this,” Katzenberg said of Weinstein. “I’ve had hundreds of meetings with Harvey Weinstein, and literally not a single time was Harvey abusive to someone in my presence. Somehow this behavior was masked by him.”

Update – 10:30 a.m.: An unnamed Oscar-winning actor has become embroiled in the Harvey Weinstein sex abuse scandal. The Hollywood A-lister was accused by a top US broadcaster of assaulting a loved one, who she has not publicly revealed, and cannot for legal reasons.

The female broadcaster was reportedly referencing Weinstein on social media and said it was “time the dominoes fell” when she called out the famous actor.

The Sun reports that “rumors about this actor have circulated for years.”

Update – 9:45 a.m.: TMZ reports that Harvey Weinstein is expected to go to war with The Weinstein Co. board of directors at a meeting in New York City Tuesday to discuss his fate at the indie film firm.

From TMZ:

Our Weinstein sources say he knows he’s “momentarily toxic” but thinks with a little time, writers and actors will seek him out again because of his track record. He believes — and probably rightly so — that TWC exists because of him. He believes he can go back and produce movies, or he can just as easily do it somewhere else.

Update – 9:30 a.m.: Veteran actress Reese Witherspoon says she was repeated sexually harassed and assaulted in Hollywood, the first episode occurring when she was 16.

“[I feel] true disgust at the director who assaulted me when I was 16 years old and anger at the agents and the producers who made me feel that silence was a condition of my employment,” the Oscar winner said in a speech  at the Elle Women in Hollywood event Monday night.

“I’ve had multiple experiences of harassment and sexual assault and I don’t speak about them very often,” she said.

Update – 9:20 a.m.: Screenwriter Scott Rosenberg — who wrote the screenplay for Harvey Weinstein’s 1995 indie film Things to Do in Denver When You’re Dead and the 1996 romance comedy Beautiful Girls — said “everybody f**king new” about Weinstein’s abuse and slammed the producers, writers, directors, and actors in who were close to Weinstein, saying the “current flood of sanctimonious denial and condemnation that now crashes upon these shores of rectitude in gloppy tides of bullsh*t righteousness.”

“We knew about the man’s hunger; his fervor; his appetite,” Rosenberg wrote. “There was nothing secret about this voracious rapacity; like a gluttonous ogre out of the Brothers Grimm. All couched in vague promises of potential movie roles.”

Among those who knew and discussed Weinstein’s behavior, according to Rosenberg, were “the big producers; you, the big directors; you, the big agents; you, the big financiers. And you, the big rival studio chiefs; you, the big actors; you, the big actresses; you, the big models. You, the big journalists; you, the big screenwriters; you, the big rock stars; you, the big restaurateurs; you, the big politicians.”

Read Rosenberg’s message in full here.

Update – 9:15 a.m.: actress America Ferrera revealed Monday night that she was sexually assaulted when she was 9-years-old.

“First time I can remember being sexually assaulted I was 9-years-old,” the now-33-year-old Superstore actress wrote on Instagram as part of the #MeToo social media movement encouraging women share their stories of sexual harassment or assault.

“I told no one and lived with the shame and guilt thinking all along that I, a 9-year-old child, was somehow responsible for the actions of a grown man,” she wrote.

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Update – 9:00 a.m.: Actress and Weinstein collaborator Jennifer Lawrence opened up about the “humiliating” and “degrading” experience she had in the early days of her film career.

“When I was much younger and starting out, I was told by producers of a film to lose 15 pounds in two weeks,” Lawrence said, adding: “During this time a female producer had me do a nude line-up with about five women who were much, much, thinner than me. We are stood side-by-side with only tape on covering our privates.

Video of the mother! star’s comments at the 24th annual Elle Women event Monday is posted below.


Update – 8:30 a.m.: Lucasfilm president and Star Wars producer Kathleen Kennedy addressed the swirling Harvey Weinstein sex scandal, calling for an industry-wide commission to tackle “predators.”

Speaking Monday night for the 24th annual Elle Women in Hollywood, Kennedy said:

Increased awareness of the belittlement, objectification and predation long endured by women who work in film, will certainly be one result of the exposure of what Harvey Weinstein did, and was permitted to do; women who are subject to similar criminal treatment in the future will certainly look to the brave women who’ve come forward to tell what was done to them as these shocking and also horribly familiar events have been brought to light. The light of public scrutiny will have been strengthened, and we all hope the ability of corporations, board of directors, and colleagues to cover up and countenance sexual predators will be severely curtailed.

Predators must come to feel that they can’t count on power or wealth or fame to shield them from the consequences of their actions. But sexual harassment of women and men, predation, rape and the misogyny that is the context for this inhumanity will continue unless there is a decisive, industry-wide, institutional response that legislates change rather than hopes for it to happen.

For the past few days, I’ve been in discussions with friends and colleagues, and I want to use my few moments of speaking tonight to offer a proposal. The organizations that constitute the American film industry – the studios, the unions the guilds and the talent agencies –
should immediately convene a commission charged with the task of developing new, industry-wide protections against sexual harassment and abuse.

Read her full remarks here.

Update – 8:00 a.m.: The Boston Herald says Ben Affleck “Weinstein woes threaten Justice League.

NOT SO SUPER: The impending release of a superhero movie for the holidays, especially one with box-office record breaker Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot) in it, should make the good folks at Warner Bros. dream of Lambos and extra pizza toppings from all the “Justice League” loot that will roll in starting Nov. 17. Except …

Ben Affleck (a Harvey Weinstein-detractor who then apologized for his own inappropriate behavior that came to light) also stars as Batman. And the Cantabrigian’s co-star is none other than Jason Momoa, whose infamous 2011 “Game of Thrones” rape joke resurfaced last week in a video. He has also apologized for his “tasteless comment.”

Some Batman fans have taken to Twitter, calling for Affleck to hang up his bat cape (or for the studio to do it for him). Of course, there were multiple change.org petitions back in 2013, demanding the Affleck not be cast in “Batman vs Superman: Dawn of Justice,” and he proved to be a popular incarnation of the Caped Crusader.

Update – 4:15 p.m.: Veteran Hollywood producers Gavin Polone says Disney, NBC News, the New York Post, and Bob Weinstein, among other Harvey Weinstein “accomplices must be named.”

From The Hollywood Reporter:

The Walt Disney Company. How much malfeasance took place during the 12 years starting in 1993 that Disney owned Miramax, the Weinsteins’ first company? Clearly, some of the testimony coming out from various actresses, like Gwyneth Paltrow and Ashley Judd, can be connected to specific movies, so it is probable he was preying on many women during that time frame. Disney claims that Miramax had a lot of autonomy, but if any victims retained a lawyer to pursue a settlement, as Rose McGowan may have done (she did Scream with them in ’96 and is reported to have received a settlement), they likely would have threatened to file suit against not only Weinstein personally but also the company, including the parent company. That’s how these things work. Therefore, I can’t imagine that someone at Disney, if not Michael Eisner the CEO at the time, had not been informed. Even if Eisner was not in-the-loop, as he maintains, I would bet that some executive(s) were and there are files in a warehouse or on a server that would be illuminative.

NBC News. Ironically, the network that brought us To Catch a Predator let this predator go. NBC News President Noah Oppenheim has stated that they did not move forward with this story when Farrow was working on it for them because he didn’t have “the elements [they] needed to air it” and that Farrow “greatly expanded the scope of his reporting” after taking the story to The New Yorker.  I was in touch with Ronan throughout the period he was working on this epic project and can say that Oppenheim’s statement does not comport with what I know. The last time that I spoke to Ronan while he was still working on this for NBC was around mid-August. At that time, he had an overwhelming amount of evidence backing his report, including many recorded interviews with women both fully on camera and also recorded in shadow. If the fact that some women Farrow interviewed didn’t want their identity revealed invalidated this story for NBC, then it also would have done so to every investigation of the mafia or South American drug cartels that I’ve ever seen.  From what I can tell, Ronan had more hard evidence in August than The New York Timeshad for the article they published on Oct. 6.

The New York TimesI cringe to add The Paper of Record to this rogues gallery, as it was they who first named Harvey Weinstein a sexual predator when others did not have the integrity and backbone to do so. But there is an allegation by TheWrap’s Sharon Waxman that the Times killed a story about Weinstein’s depravity back in 2004, ostensibly due to pressure not only from His Horribleness but also from major movie stars. The Times has said that editors who worked with Waxman on this did not remember it the same way as she and that Waxman did not offer the necessary corroboration for them to run her version of the article. I will say that she’s had eight years to publish her account on TheWrap but chose not to, which I can only believe was due to Waxman’s wanting advertising from The Weinstein Company or that she feared being sued without The Times at her back. Still, the consequences of Waxman’s report not running 13 years ago are all too clear, given what we now know. The truth surrounding this allegation must be made known in detail.

Read Polone’s article in full here.

Update – 4:00 p.m.: The Producers Guild of America voted unanimously Monday to expel Harvey Weinstein. The national board is expected to make the expulsion final next month.

Read the PGA statement on Weinstein below:

“This morning, the PGA’s National Board of Directors and Officers decided by unanimous vote to institute termination proceedings concerning Harvey Weinstein’s membership.

As required by the PGA’s Constitution, Mr. Weinstein will be given the opportunity to respond before the Guild makes its final determination on November 6, 2017.

Sexual harassment of any type is completely unacceptable. This is a systemic and pervasive problem requiring immediate industry-wide action. Today, the PGA’s National Board and Officers – composed of 20 women and 18 men — created the Anti-Sexual Harassment Task Force specifically charged with researching and proposing substantive and effective solutions to sexual harassment in the entertainment industry.

The PGA calls on leaders throughout the entertainment community to work together to ensure that sexual abuse and harassment are eradicated from the industry.”

Update – 3:45 p.m.: Howard Stern played audio on his radio show Monday of a 2014 interview with Harvey Weinstein.

Stern asked the disgraced film producer if he or other male Hollywood heavyweights used their positions of power to pressure actresses into having sex with them.

“It doesn’t work that way. It doesn’t happen that way anymore,” Weinstein said.

When the audio clip concluded, Stern said: “I knew he was lying.”

Update – 2:30 p.m.: The LAPD is urging women who say they were victims of Harvey Weinstein to come forward.

From the LA Times: 

The Los Angeles Police Department said women who feel they were victims of a crime at the hands of movie mogul Harvey Weinstein should report what happened to authorities.

“We absolutely encourage anyone who may be a victim of sexual assault to come forward and report the crime,” Josh Rubenstein, the LAPD director of communications, said Monday.

Los Angeles Police Capt. Billy Hayes, who oversees the Robbery Homicide Division that handles sex crimes, said the LAPD currently does not have any active investigations into Weinstein.

More here.

Update – 12:38 p.m.: Clinton Foundation refuses to return Weinstein donations.

Update – 11:51 a.m.: Björk reveals she was sexually harassed by a director

Update – 10:16 a.m.: Weinstein Co. saved by new investor? What seemed impossible just a few minutes ago (see 9:42 a.m. update below) appears to at least be trying to happen. Colony Capital is going to pump cash in The Weinstein Company in order to save it:

Thomas J. Barrack, Jr., founder and executive chairman of Colony Capital, said in a statement, “We are pleased to invest in The Weinstein Company and to help it move forward. We believe the Company has substantial value and growth potential, and we look forward to working with the Company’s critical strategic distribution and production partners to help preserve and create value for all stakeholders, including its employees. We will help return the Company to its rightful iconic position in the independent film and television industry.”

Colony has been intricately involved with Harvey and Bob Weinstein’s show business odyssey, especially its most recent chapters.

One wonders, though, how Colony will overcome a toxified brand no one wants to be seen doing business with.

Update – 10:15 a.m.: ‘Big Bang Theory’ Star Mayim Bialik Responds to ‘Vicious’ Criticism Over Her Harvey Weinstein Editorial

However, the piece attracted some criticism, with readers accusing Bialik of implying that women may be to blame for being harassed because of the way they dress.

“I have to say I was dressed non provocatively as a 12 year old when men on the street masturbated at me,” actress Patricia Arquette responded to Bialik. “It’s not clothing.”

Taking to Twitter on Sunday, she explained that her words had been taken out of context by some readers.

“I’m being told that my N.Y. Times piece resonated with so many and I am beyond grateful for all the feedback,” she wrote. “I also see a bunch of people have taken my words out of context of the Hollywood machine and twisted them to imply that God forbid I would blame a woman for her assault based on her clothing or behavior.”

Update – 10:11 a.m.: Donna Karan Apologizes Again, Describes Weinstein’s Actions As “Unconscionable and Unforgivable” 

Update – 10:07 a.m.: Piers Morgan BLASTS Kate Winslet’s hypocrisy for hitting the Weinstein Woody, Polanski trifecta:

Yet how does the same Kate Winslet square all this with the fact that has no problem at all working for both Woody Allen and Roman Polanski?

Last month, Ms Winslet gave an interview to the New York Times in which she explained why she recently agreed to make Allen’s film “Wonder Wheel”.

‘Here’s the catalyst,’ she said, ‘(I) probably wasn’t going to get another go-around with Woody Allen, so it’s now or never. Plus I knew my parents would be incredibly proud of me working with Woody Allen.’

The Times then asked: ‘Did the allegations against Woody Allen give you pause?’

‘Of course one thinks about it,’ she replied. ‘But as an actor in the film, you just have to step away and say, I don’t know anything really… having thought it all through, you put it to one side and just work with the person. Woody Allen is an incredible director.’

Then, unprompted, she added: ‘So is Roman Polanski. I had an extraordinary working experience with both of those men and that’s the truth.’

More here.

Update – 10:06 a.m.Catherine Zeta-Jones Is “Shocked and Disgusted” by Harvey Weinstein Claims

Update – 9:42 a.m.: BREAKING –> Report: Weinstein Company’s assets go up for sale

The Weinstein Company is in negotiating period with Colony Capital for a potential sale of all or a significant portion of the Company’s assets, Bloomberg News reports.

This is almost certain to be a fire sale, a total break up of the company. TWC cannot survive in its present form. It is now a toxic brand no one will ever again have anything to do with. The Board has to go, and the assets (film library, copyrights, properties owned — franchises, characters, literary acquisitions, etc.) sold off and repackaged under a different owner and whole new name.

Update – 9:21 a.m.: Rose McGowan accuses “feminist” attorney Lisa Bloom of trying to buy her silence.

Because Bloom’s reputation and career are not already in tatters, McGowan now alleges this:

“I feel like people should know that you’ve been calling my literary agent and saying there’d be money for me if I got on the ‘Harvey’s Changed’ bandwagon,” McGowan writes. “You told her that I should care about HIS reputation. How HE has a family now and HE has changed. Well, guess what? I’ve always had a family and that didn’t stop him from assaulting me.”

McGowan goes on to lay out what she claims are the details of six months of pressure from Bloom and Weinstein’s other attorney, Charles Harder, to accept the hush money. “You and your vile partner in evil … have been hounding me for months now,” McGowan claims. “Terrorizing me at every turn. Trying to silence me.”

Bloom has denied the allegations.

Update – 9:18 a.m.: HBO’s John Oliver does what the other Late Night guys refuse — scorches Weinstein AND Hollywood:

Yes, finally! The group that counts among its current members Roman Polanski, Bill Cosby, and Mel Gibson has found the one guy who treated women badly and kicked him out. So, congratulations, Hollywood! See you at the next Oscars where — and this is true — Casey Affleck will be presenting Best Actress.” Oliver said in response to the Academy booting Harvey.


Update 8:00 a.m.: Hollywood director J.J. Abrams unloaded on what he called the “viciously repulsive” Harvey Weinstein at the Hammer Museum’s Gala Sunday, calling the disgraced movie producer a “monster.”

“Someone said to me the other day that they are sick of hearing people talk about how disgusting it is,” the Star Wars: The Forces Awakens director said of the mushrooming Weinstein sexual misconduct scandal. “I don’t think enough can be said about how viciously repulsive his abuse of power was. He’s a monster. There are other monsters but there are those who fight monsters and tonight is all about those who fight monsters.”

More at The Hollywood Reporter.

Update 7:30 a.m.: Actress Alyssa Milano launched a social media hashtag campaign called “#MeToo,” intended to encourage victims of sexual harassment to speak out and tell their stories.

“If you’ve been sexually harassed or assaulted write ‘me too’ as a reply to this tweet,” the Charmed star tweeted Sunday.

Other stars, include pop mega-star Lady Gaga and actress Gabrielle Union joined the campaign.

Update 7:00 a.m.: Veteran actor Rob Schneider told TMZ that sexual harassment is “rampant” in Hollywood and revealed that he has experienced sexual assault in his career.

“When I was a young actor, there was a gross director and it happened to me. I was in a hotel room, I didn’t think it was going to be a weird situation. It was a famous director, it was before I was really famous.” the Sandy Wexler star said.

“The next thing I know, I’m in a room with this guy, he’s in a chair, he comes out in a bathrobe and he sits in this chair,” Schneider said. “He asks me to crawl on the ground and to crawl towards him. This guy, he’s very famous, he’s passed away now. He was a pig. I got the hell out of there.”

Update 10:00 p.m.: Harvey Weinstein was among the many Hollywood A-listers to donate thousands of dollars to Bill Clinton’s legal defense fund during his impeachment proceedings in the late 90s.

From the Washington Post

Further details about Clinton’s testimony emerged on the same day that the president’s legal defense fund announced it has raised $2.2 million in the last six months, more than was collected during the previous four years of his presidency combined. The newly reconstituted defense fund, operating with looser rules about who can give and how much they can offer, tapped into resentment against Starr as more than 17,000 Clinton supporters sent money.

Hollywood was quick to come to the president’s aid. Among the 62 donors giving the maximum $10,000 were performers and directors such as Tom Hanks, Barbra Streisand, Michael Douglas, Ron Howard, Norman Lear, Steven Spielberg and Kate Capshaw-Spielberg as well as studio executives Jeffrey Katzenberg, David Geffen, Harvey Weinstein and Bud Yorkin.

Update 8:30 p.m.: The New York Police Department is investigating an alleged 2004 sex attack by Weinstein, the New York Post reports.

Lucia Evans said the alleged assault occurred when she was a Middlebury College student and aspiring actress. Weinstein had introduced himself and the two scheduled a meeting to discuss acting opportunities. The meeting ended with Weinstein allegedly forcing Evans to perform oral sex on ​him inside his office.

From the Post

“At that point, after that, is when he assaulted me,” Evans said.

“I said, over and over, ‘I don’t want to do this, stop, don’t….He’s a big guy. He overpowered me.”

Evans reportedly filed a complaint with police late last week. A 2006 New York law removed a previously held statute of limitations on felony sex crimes. Now, Weinstein could be charged for his alleged assault on Evans at any time.

More on the story here.

Update 8:00 p.m.: Iceland-born singer Björk wrote an extensive message on Facebook Sunday speaking out about her own experiences of harassment in the film industry.

“i am inspired by the women everywhere who are speaking up online to tell about my experience with a danish director,” the actress wrote. “it was extremely clear to me when i walked into the actresses profession that my humiliation and role as a lesser sexually harassed being was the norm and set in stone with the director and a staff of dozens who enabled it and encouraged it. i became aware of that it is a universal thing that a director can touch and harass his actresses at will and the institution of film allows it.”

While never naming the film director who she says harassed her, the actress said: “when i turned the director down repeatedly he sulked and punished me and created for his team an impressive net of illusion where i was framed as the difficult one.”

Björk’s most notable film role came in 2000’s Dancer In The Dark, helmed by Danish director Lars Von Trier in whom she famously clashed with on set.

Read her full statement below.

Update 6:00 p.m.: Yet another woman has come forward alleging sexual misconduct against Harvey Weinstein, this time Paula Wachowiak claims he exposed himself to her when she was a 24-year-old intern working as a production assistant for Weinstein’s 1980 movie The Burning.

Wachowiak, now a 62-year-old grandmother, said the incident occurred when a supervisor asked her to take a manila folder to Weinstein’s hotel room.

From Buffalo News:

“When I got to Weinstein’s room he let me in but he was behind the door when it opened,” Wachowiak wrote. “When I got into the room I realized that he was holding a hand towel around his waist.”

Wachowiak said Weinstein took the folder and dropped the towel. He was naked. She said she kept her eyes on his face, in the email.

“He sat on the bed with the folder over his groin and pointed to checks and asked me why we were paying for this or that. There was one check for break-a-way glass that was very expensive and I had to explain how difficult it was to transport,” she recounted.

According to the Buffalo News, Weinstein “began complaining about having a kink in his shoulder and asked for a massage.” She told him, “That’s not in my job description.” After he signed the checks, “she walked out of the room, closed the door and burst into tears.”

Read the full story here.

Update – 4:35 p.m.: French President Emmanuel Macron announced Sunday that he has asked the Chancellery of the Legion of Honor to strip Weinstein of his Legion of Honor.

“Yes, I’ve begun the procedures to withdraw the Legion d’Honneur,” Macron said on TF1 television. “Because his actions lack honor.”

The highest French order of merit that can be bestowed for military or civil acts, Weinstein was awarded the French national medal in 2012 by former president Nicolas Sarkozy.

Update – 4:00 p.m.: CBS funnyman James Corden has apologized for making jokes about Weinstein’s “inexcusable behavior” at the AmfAR Gala Los Angeles Friday night, claiming he was only trying to “shame” the disgraced producer.

Corden’s tweeted his apology Sunday:

Update – 3:05 p.m.: Weinstein has lost another member of his shrinking high-powered legal defense team,  attorney Charles Harder.

According to Deadline

Joining the likes of the already exited Lisa Bloom and Lanny Davis, Charles Harder is now no longer working for the ex-The Weinstein Company co-chair, Deadline has confirmed. “He has been gone for about a week,” a source says of the Harder Mirell & Abrams attorney, adding that Harder’s services were “no longer required.” We hear that Harder was sent a termination letter last week.

Read the rest here.

Update – 2:20 p.m.: McGowan slammed Woody Allen, calling him a “vile little worm” in response to the filmmaker’s interview with the BBC in which he said he’s “sad” for Weinstein and called the allegations against the disgraced mogul “tragic.”

Update – 2:00 p.m.: Italian actress Asia Argento — who alleges that Weinstein forcefully performed oral sex on her when she was 22 — slammed Corden’s Weinstein jokes he delivered at the AmfAR Gala Los Angeles Friday night.

Update – 1:45 p.m.: Actress Rose McGowan slammed CBS’ late-night host James Corden making jokes about disgraced mogul Harvey Weinstein at the AmfAR Gala Los Angeles Friday night.

“Hearing the vile roars & laughs show EXACTLY what kind of HOLLYWOOD you really are,” McGowan wrote in a series of searing tweets.

McGowan’s tweets at Corden and CBS are below:

Update – 1:30 p.m.: A short video has emerged online showing CBS’ late-night host James Corden making jokes about disgraced mogul Harvey Weinstein at the AmfAR Gala Los Angeles Friday night.

“This is a beautiful room. It’s a beautiful night here in L.A. So beautiful, Harvey Weinstein has already asked tonight up to his hotel to give him a massage.”

“It has been weird this week though, watching Harvey Weinstein in hot water. Ask any of the women who watched him take a bath,” the Late Late Show host said. “Harvey Weinstein wanted to come tonight. But sadly, he’ll settle for whatever potted plant is closest.”

Update – 12:35 p.m.: Actress Rose McGowan reveals in an interview recorded in January 2017 with parts of it published recently by the Observer that she had been “blacklisted” in the entertainment industry after she was raped and spoke out about the assault.

From The Guardian

The accusations have raised questions over who knew about the details, with McGowan, 44, claiming in the interview that she was directly threatened after reporting that she had been raped. “They threatened [me] with being blacklisted. I was blacklisted after I was raped, because I got raped, because I said something … but only like internally, you know,” she said.

“They blame the victim, they do all that shit. People are bred to be scared. They are bred to put fear into people and that’s what they do, they’re bred to put fear into the publishers and lawyers and they overreach it, and I’m going to do what I can and come out as hard as I can,” she said.

Read the full story here.

Update – 11:30 a.m.: Amazon has scrapped a $160 million untiled drama that was being co-produced by the embattled Weinstein Co. Amazon will also cut ties with the Weinstein Co. and fully produce another drama, the Matt Weiner-created series The Romanoffs.

From The Hollywood Reporter

Following rape and sexual harassment allegations against producer Harvey Weinstein and the suspension of Amazon Studios head Roy Price after an allegation of harassment, Amazon has scrapped its pricey David O. Russell drama and taken over Matt Weiner’s The Romanoffs.

Both shows were produced by The Weinstein Co., and the retail giant/streaming outlet has now completely cut ties with the company.

“Amazon Studios no longer plans on moving forward with the David O.Russell project. As for The Romanoffs, Amazon intends to move forward without the involvement of The Weinstein Co.,” Amazon Studios said in a statement Friday night.

More here.

Update – 10:55 a.m.: Actress and singer Courtney Love tweeted Saturday that she was “eternally banned” from leading Hollywood talent agency Creative Artists Agency (CAA) for calling out Harvey Weinstein.

“Although I wasn’t one of his victims, I was eternally banned by CAA for speaking out against  ,” Love wrote.

On Saturday a 2005 video of Love warning young women in Hollywood to stay away from Weinstein resurfaced and went viral online.

CAA represents some of Hollywood’s biggest stars, including George Clooney, Jennifer Lawrence, and Tom Hanks.

Update – 9:45 a.m.: Controversial filmmaker Woody Allen told the BBC that he’s “sad” for Harvey Weinstein and called the allegations against the disgraced mogul “tragic.”

“The whole Harvey Weinstein thing is very sad for everybody involved,” said Allen, whose son Ronan Farrow reported claims from several women alleging Weinstein raped them. “Tragic for the poor women that were involved, sad for Harvey that is life is so messed up.”

“There’s no winners in that, it’s just very, very sad and tragic for those poor women that had to go through that,” added Allen, who has faced allegations that he sexually molested his adopted daughter Dylan Farrow 25 years ago.

Allen has denied any wrongdoing. Connecticut authorities never charged the filmmaker with a crime.

Allen — who has worked with Weinstein on several projects, including the Oscar-winning Mighty Aphrodite — said he hopes this scandal doesn’t “lead to a witch hunt atmosphere, a Salem atmosphere, where every guy in an office who winks at a woman is suddenly having to call a lawyer to defend himself. That’s not right either.”

Read the full BBC report here.

Update – 9:35 a.m: Writer Lila Feinberg has reportedly called off her wedding to Amazon’s TV chief Roy Price, who was put on an indefinite leave of absence following sexual harassment allegations.

From Page Six:

Feinberg and Price were to tie the knot on Nov. 12 in a lavish ceremony at The Carlyle on Madison Avenue, but multiple sources confirm that Feinberg — an award-winning playwright and TV writer — has just canceled it.

A source close to the couple confirmed to Page Six, “Lila is currently in New York and she has called off the wedding.”

The bride was due to wear Marchesa at the nupitials, custom-designed by Harvey Weinstein’s wife, Georgina Chapman, who this past week announced she was leaving the movie mogul after a staggering list of women leveled allegations of sexual harassment, assault and, in a few cases, rape against him.

Read the full report here.

Update – 9:00 a.m: After previously ignoring the Weinstein scandal engulfing Hollywood, Saturday Night Live referenced the disgraced movie mogul and lampooned the myriad allegations of sexual assault surrounding him.

The first Weinstein reference came during a skit featuring Kate McKinnon’s recurring character Debette Goldry. “I did have one meeting with Harvey,” McKinnon’s Goldry said. “I was invited to his hotel room and when I arrived he was naked, hanging upside down from a monkey bar. He tried to trick me into thinking his genitals were actually his face. It almost worked. The resemblance is uncanny.”

Weinstein was roasted during the “Weekend Update” segment, which featured co-anchor Colin Jost searing the filmmaker after introducing the new Apple iOS emojis.

“Apple has announced that it will add hundreds of new emojis to its iOS system, including a person at a spa, a vomiting face and a shushing finger — finally giving emoji fans the ability to describe what it was like to work for Harvey Weinstein,” Jost joked.

He later said: “Weinstein, who has been accused of multiple counts of sexual assault, is reportedly going to Europe for sex rehab. Somehow I don’t think that’s really going to help anybody. He doesn’t need sex rehab. He needs a specialized facility where there are no women, no contact with the outside world, metal bars and it’s a prison.”

Update – 10:09 p.m.: Canadian actress Sarah Polley paints a damning portrait of Hollywood’s overall behavior toward women in a New York Times op-ed published Saturday.

Polley wrote that she met Weinstein while filming the 1999 movie Guinevere and the producer allegedly told her during a meeting that he could make her a star if they could have a “close relationship.” She said the implication “wasn’t subtle,” and that Weinstein told her that was “how it works” in the movie business.

Polley wrote that she rejected Weinstein’s advances, but noticed disturbing treatment of women throughout her career in Hollywood.

From the New York Times:

On sets, I saw women constantly pressured to exploit their sexuality and then chastised as sluts for doing so. Women in technical jobs were almost nonexistent, and when they were there, they were constantly being tested to see if they really knew what they were doing. You felt alone, in a sea of men. I noticed my own tendency to want to be “one of the boys,” to distance myself from the humiliation of being a woman on a film set, where there were so few of us. Then came the photo shoots in which you were treated like a model with no other function than to sell your sexuality, regardless of the nature of the film you were promoting.

I’ve often wondered how I would have behaved in the meeting with Harvey Weinstein had I been more ambitious as an actor. I was sitting in front of a man who wielded enormous power. If you were interested in being in movies directed by interesting filmmakers, he wasn’t someone you wanted to alienate. How would one have left that meeting, or those hotel rooms, which have been described by others, with that relationship intact, when he displayed such entitlement and was famous for such anger? I was purely lucky that I didn’t care.

Polley’s full op-ed at the Times.

Update – 9:47 p.m.: Anthony’s allegation of rape against Weinstein comes on the heels of another claim Saturday from a former Miramax employee who told the Daily Mail in an interview that Weinstein raped her in the basement of the company’s office in London in the 1990s.

The women, whose name was changed to protect her identity, told the outlet that she had been working for Miramax for three years when the alleged rape took place, and she was in her 20s.

More from the Daily Mail.

Recalling the day of the alleged rape, Ms Smith, now in her 50s, said: ‘I was there on my own when he came to the office. He went down to the basement [containing a bedroom for visiting employees from the US] and he called my name. I went down – he was standing there with nothing on. I started to back away.

He grabbed me and he was so big and powerful. He just ripped my clothes away and pushed me, threw me down. Then… I kept shouting, “No! Stop!” and tried to push him off. But he forced himself on me.

She said the attack left her “mortified and ashamed,” and that she hadn’t told anyone for 25 years.

Full story at the Mail.

Update – 9:35 p.m.: A brief pause in the livewire and a return to find another serious allegation from an actress against Weinstein.

British actress Lysette Anthony alleges Weinstein raped her at her London home in the late 1980s, according to an interview in the Times of London published today. The Metropolitan Police are reportedly investigating.

More from the Daily Mail:

She says Weinstein turned up at her flat at 10am. The Woody Allen actress says ‘He pushed me inside, rammed me up against a coat rack. He was trying to kiss me and shove me inside.’ She says she pushed him away but he was too heavy. ‘Finally I just gave up.’

In the interview released Saturday, the Allen ‘Husbands and Wives’ actress describes the attack as ‘pathetic’ and revolting’ and left her feeling ‘disgusted and embarrassed.

Weinstein could be prosecuted over the attack.

More here.

Update – 5:28 p.m.: Early reaction is in from Hollywood Twitter to Weinstein’s expulsion from the Academy, and it looks to be generally one of contentment.

Some tweets from Hollywood reacting to the news:

Update – 4:32 p.m.: It’s official. Weinstein has been expelled from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

“We do so not simply to separate ourselves from someone who does not merit the respect of his colleagues but also to send a message that the era of willful ignorance and shameful complicity in sexually predatory behavior and workplace harassment in our industry is over.”

Full statement from AMPAS:

Update – 2:35 p.m.: The filmmakers behind An Open Secret, Amy Berg’s documentary about child sex abuse in Hollywood that only received a limited theatrical release years ago, have posted the full film on Vimeo free for the next nine days in light of the revelations surrounding Weinstein.

More from the Hollywood Reporter:

“It’s so funny to keep seeing headlines about how Harvey’s abuse was ‘an open secret’ in Hollywood, and that’s the name of our film,” said producer Gabe Hoffman.

He says he has put An Open Secret on Vimeo for free viewing “to commemorate serial predator Harvey Weinstein finally being exposed.”

The movie got a limited theatrical release a few years ago, and Hoffman is still seeking more distribution. He knows there’s a market for the film because pirates keep throwing the movie online illegally. On one occasion, by the time he was able to have the movie removed from a pirated site it had been viewed 900,000 times.

More from THR here.

Full film on Vimeo here.

Update – 1:53 p.m.: Amazon Studios doesn’t want media near Woody Allen film premiere:

Page Six, via Deadline:

The premiere of Woody Allen’s “Wonder Wheel” will go forward at the New York Film Festival at 6 PM Saturday at Lincoln Center, but the red carpet has been canceled in the wake of revelations that Amazon’s TV chief, Roy Price, was put on an indefinite leave of absence following sexual harassment allegations. The after-party for the film will go on as scheduled, Deadline was told.

Update – 1:08 p.m.: More proof that Weinstein’s behavior was well-known in Hollywood. TMZ digs up a video from a red-carpet event in 2005 in which Courtney Love gives advice to young women in Hollywood. Her warning? “If Harvey Weinstein invites you to party at the Four Seasons, don’t go.”


Update – 12:21 p.m.: TWC is putting its prestige drama The Current War on the backburner, pushing its release from November 24 to some time next year, according to Deadline. The drama, which TWC undoubtedly wanted along with Wind River to be in its Oscar-hopeful stable this year, stars Benedict Cumberbatch as Thomas Edison and Michael Shannon as George Westinghouse and revolves around their epic feud to see who would power America.

Obviously, TWC has a little more on its mind now than winning Oscars this season.

Update – 11:45 a.m.: Bob Weinstein gives an extensive interview to the Hollywood Reporter in which he insists there’s a “plan to come out on the other side” of the scandal for The Weinstein Company. Bob says he knew his brother was unfaithful to his wife, but never knew “the type of predator” he was.

Bob also says he believes Harvey should be expelled from the film Academy. But he adds that he doesn’t want his company to be shut down. He also says the company is in the process of coming up with a new name, and “it won’t be familial, I promise you that.”

From THR:

But I was touched because — and I did not know this was coming — they said, “We don’t want Harvey to have the last word on this company. We want to stay. We believe in the films, we believe in you, Bob, David Glasser, we believe in ourselves. And we definitely don’t want to let him win.” And that’s a part of the human story that nobody is hearing.

I know they’re saying “Shut this company down.” Well, they didn’t shut Fox News down, they didn’t shut NBC down. My brother is the one that should pay with everything. And I mean literally — whether it’s criminal or otherwise — I will be supportive of all of that. But I don’t think the people that are the employees of this company or the company itself should pay.

Full interview at THR. Worth the read.

Update – 11:26 a.m.: Michael Moore has four suggestions for Hollywood industry people in order to create “a world without Harveys.” The documentary filmmaker and leftist activist’s sequel to Fahrenheit 9/11 is getting a release from TWC.

From Moore’s Facebook page:

1. Put all abusers on notice NOW: You know who you are, and scores of your employees, past and present, know who you are. You need to step down before they bring you down. There is nowhere left to hide. Your years of attacking and intimidating women are over. You have only two options: 1) Resign now, or 2) face an army of women and men who are going to take you out of power. You have seen this week what has happened to the most powerful, most well-known executive in Hollywood. You’re next. Turn yourself in, or go far, far away to a place where you can no longer harm more women.

2. To those abusers who ignore the above warning and choose to stay in power because you think that this is all going to die down and blow over — and that you are going to get to continue to get away with your behavior — let me explain to you in clearer language how this is all going to end for you:

Every one of your employees is now a documentary filmmaker. Thanks to the invention of the smartphone that has a built-in camera and voice recorder, every single one of your workers now carries in their pocket the ability to secretly record or film you and your harassment. And they will. They will post your crimes. You will be exposed, publicly shamed and hopefully removed. Avoid this cruel end by resigning now.

3. To the men who do treat women as equals and behave toward them with respect and dignity: This is your moment! Confront the abusive men at work. When you see something, you must say something. No more ignoring and turning away when you see women being harassed and intimidated in the workplace. This is on us. MEN, step forward, NOW!

4. The boards of directors of the Hollywood studios — and all across corporate America — must declare gender parity the new priority. Fifty-percent of all boards must be female. Hiring multiple female executives is the mandate. Of the top 100 grossing films each year, an average of only TWO are directed by women! All studios must commit to green lighting more films by women (and, needless to say, by African Americans and other neglected groups).

Full post at Moore’s Facebook page.

Update – 10:49 a.m.: Actress Eva Green becomes the latest to accuse Weinstein of harassment.

From Variety:

“I wish to address comments made by my mother in a recent interview regarding Harvey Weinstein.  I met him for a business meeting in Paris at which he behaved inappropriately and I had to push him off. I got away without it going further, but the experience left me shocked and disgusted.

“I have not discussed this before because I wanted to maintain my privacy, but I understand it is important to do so as I hear about other women’s experiences.  Women are often condemned when they speak out and their personal reputations tarnished by association.”

More here.

Update – 10:16 a.m.: The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences will meet later today to discuss Weinstein’s fate. It’s a good bet he’ll be expelled, a stunning turn of events for a man whose films have amassed more than 300 Oscar nominations and have won 81.

Update – Sat. Oct. 14 – 10:10 a.m.: Amazon has cancelled an upcoming television series that was in development at the Weinstein Company. The high-profile series was supposed to be directed by David O. Russell (Silver Linings Playbook) and starred Robert De Niro and Julianne Moore.

From TheWrap:

Russell, De Niro and Moore confirmed the news in a statement, saying, “We support Amazon’s decision as In light of recent news and out of respect for all those affected we have decided together that it is best to not move forward with this show.”

The decision follows the day after Amazon said it was mulling over options on the untitled drama, as well as on “The Romanoffs,” a Matthew Weiner-produced anthology series about people who believe they are descendants of the Russian royal family deposed in 1917. A representative for Weiner referred TheWrap’s request for comment to Amazon, who did not immediately respond regarding that show’s future.

Update – 9:06 p.m.: Weinstein Company COO David Glasser gives a lengthy interview to Deadline in which he pushes back against a report from Variety this morning (below in livewire) connecting him to a money laundering case in the 1990s, and also has him weighing in on the scandal currently engulfing his company.

Some highlights, via Deadline:

Look, I can’t say exactly what happened or didn’t. I don’t know and I would be speculating. What I can tell you is no question somebody here wanted to make sure this got out. However they got the documents, The New York Times delivered a powerful story they worked on for some time. They got some amazing women to stand up and speak out and we’re still having a hard time here, understanding how this could go on for so long.

Here’s what I knew, just so we are clear and it’s in black and white, on the record. I would never, ever, allow any employee to walk into the doors of this company, or a piece of talent to work with us, if I knew my boss was sexually assaulting women. That is unacceptable, in every way. I hate what he did and it makes me sick to my stomach. What I was aware of was a verbal argument he had in 2009 or around then with a woman in publicity.

My opinion is that The Weinstein Company as it sit today, is done. The reality is, in its current form, the name, the brand has been completely torpedoed and destroyed. I do feel there are probably other incarnations we have to look at. The most important thing, the number one thing I want out there…the reason I am still standing today when everyone out there who knows and likes me is saying, you don’t deserve deserve this, jump ship, get out…is because I want to make sure the films and television shows and staff here can land in a great place.

Read the full interview here. Glasser also says he’s not sure what’s going to happen to Quentin Tarantino’s next film, which is about the Manson family murders, and says he doesn’t even know if he personally wants to stay in the movie business anymore, after having “busted his ass” for ten years and then being left in the wake of the scandal.

Update – 8:00 p.m.: The fashion world, led by Condé Nast chief Anna Wintour, breaks its silence to condemn Weinstein.

New York Times:

In the days since The New York Times broke the story of allegations of decades of harassment and assault by Harvey Weinstein, torrents of heart-wrenching stories have poured forth from at least 30 women who say they were victimized by Mr. Weinstein. So have unstinting condemnations from many who worked with Mr. Weinstein or benefited from their relationship with him, both in film and in Democratic political circles.

“Behavior like this is appalling and unacceptable,” said Anna Wintour, the artistic director of Condé Nast, breaking her silence on the issue. “I feel horrible about what these women have experienced and admire their bravery in coming forward. My heart goes out to them, as well as to Georgina and the children. We all have a role to play in creating safe environments where everyone can be free to work without fear.”

Full story here.

Update – 7:19 p.m.: Two Canadian actresses have added their own allegations against Weinstein, including Erika Rosenbaum, who claims Weinstein “held her by the back of her neck and masturbated while standing behind her.”

From the Associated Press:

In an interview with the CBC Thursday night, Erika Rosenbaum of Montreal alleged the fallen movie mogul made aggressive sexual advances during three separate meetings nearly 15 years ago.

Weinstein, who has been fired from the film company he co-founded, has previously denied through a spokeswoman any allegations of non-consensual contact.

Rosenbaum said she first met Weinstein at a Los Angeles party when she was in her early 20s. She said she met with him three more times to talk about her career, and alleged Weinstein acted inappropriately and tried to be intimate with her.

She alleged that during their third encounter – in a hotel room during the Toronto International Film Festival in the mid-2000s – Weinstein held her by the back of her neck and masturbated while standing behind her.

Full story here.

Update – 7:07 p.m.: Director Judd Apatow blasted Weinstein and The Weinstein Company during Variety’s Power of Women event in Los Angeles Friday, saying employees at the company “knew” about all the allegations surrounding the disgraced movie mogul.

Associated Press:

Few were as blunt as host Judd Apatow, however, who wasted no time both celebrating the New York Times journalists who cracked open the story of Weinstein’s alleged decades of sexual harassment and assault and taking jabs at the suggestion that The Weinstein Company should remain in business.

“People say, ‘What will become of Harvey Weinstein’s company?’ To which I reply: ‘Who gives a (expletive)?’ Shut it down,” Apatow said. “And what about his staff? People say, ‘Did they know?’ Of course they knew.”

Apatow, who has been one of Hollywood’s most vocal on the subject, applauded the women who came forward to tell their stories and “end this nightmare.”

“This is leading to a new examination of how women are treated in our industry, and hopefully we can create a healthier environment where women don’t feel fear and are supported when they speak up because of creeps like Harvey Weinstein,” he continued. “It’s easy not to be a creep. It literally takes effort to be a creep. It takes no effort not to be a creep.”

Full story here.

Update – 6:54 p.m.: More than 120,000 people have signed a Change.org petition calling on the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences to revoke Weinstein’s membership.

The petition reads [emphasis original]:

As someone in the film industry, I’m a filmmaker and have lectured in Film and Media studies, I know that Weinstein’s reputation was notorious. But nobody spoke up – because everyone was too afraid. The industry has a lot of questions to ask itself – and to take responsibility for a culture of sexual abuse that has become accepted as the norm.

That’s why I’m campaigning to demand that Harvey Weinstein be removed and banished from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences for life.

See the full petition here. The Academy governors are expected to hold an emergency meeting Saturday to determine Weinstein’s fate. It is also widely expected that the Producers Guild of America will expel Weinstein when they hold their own meeting on October 17.

Update – 6:36 p.m.: New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has reversed course and now says he will donate all of the $110,000 he has received from Weinstein over the years. Cuomo previously said he would only donate $50,000 of the money.

New York Times:

In the wake of widening revelations of sexual harassment and assault by Harvey Weinstein, a roster of the nation’s biggest Democrats immediately pledged to return campaign contributions or donate them to charity.

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo — who has received more than $110,000 from Mr. Weinstein and his company — had initially decided not to return all of Mr. Weinstein’s donations to his campaigns over the years. Rather, he had pledged to donate only the $50,000 given to his gubernatorial campaigns, promising that amount to an unnamed women’s advocacy group.

But under increasing pressure from Republicans and his own Democratic colleagues, Mr. Cuomo reversed course on Thursday, as an avalanche of new allegations engulfed Mr. Weinstein.

Update – 6:26 p.m.: Director of Tarantino Doc Wants to Pull Film from Weinstein Co.

Hollywood Reporter:

Tara Wood, the director of the documentary 21 Years: Quentin Tarantino, is the latest filmmaker to state that she would like her project to part ways with its distribution partner, the Weinstein Company.

“As a woman, creator and protector of 21 Years: Quentin Tarantino, TWC should respectfully release us from our deal, to allow the project to be handled with the care and consideration it, Mr. Tarantino, and all the participants deserve,” said Wood in a statement. “This project has always been in honor of Mr. Tarantino’s career, and I don’t want to see it caught up in this controversy.”

More here.

Update – 5:59 p.m.: Bob Weinstein has stated flatly that cash-strapped The Weinstein Company is not for sale, despite a report in the Wall Street Journal today claiming the board was exploring a sale or a possible shutdown.


Bob Weinstein denied Friday that the Weinstein Company is for sale or exploring closing its doors. The indie studio behind “The King’s Speech” and “The Artist” has been engulfed in a sexual harassment and abuse scandal involving Harvey Weinstein, Bob Weinstein’s brother and the company’s co-founder.

“Our banks, partners, and shareholders are fully supportive of our company, and it is untrue that the company or board is exploring a sale or shutdown of the company,” Bob Weinstein said in a statement.

Update – 5:51 p.m.: George Clooney denies that he had any part in “blacklisting” an actress with whom he worked on the television series ER after she complained of racial and sexual harassment.

From Page Six:

“I had no idea Vanessa was blacklisted. I take her at her word,” Clooney said of actress Vanessa Marquez’s explosive claims.

“I was not a writer or a producer or a director on that show. I had nothing to do with casting. I was an actor and only an actor. If she was told I was involved in any decision about her career then she was lied to. The fact that I couldn’t affect her career is only surpassed by the fact that I wouldn’t. “

Update – 5:21 p.m.: AP with a heartbreaking story: “In Harvey Weinstein Saga, Young Lives Forever Altered.”


Katherine Kendall was 23 and fresh out of acting school when she met him. A former ballet dancer working hard to launch herself as an actress, she had just landed a good agent and was juggling a schedule packed with auditions.

“He was so warm when I met him and so inviting. He made me feel he was going to take me under his wing,” Kendall, now 48, recalled in an interview with The Associated Press. “He literally said, ‘Welcome to the Miramax family.’”

Her meeting with Harvey Weinstein, she thought, was going really well.

Weinstein gave her scripts to read and took her to a movie screening at an Upper West Side theater, she said. When they exited, he said he needed to stop at his apartment. There, after spending some time talking, she said, Weinstein came back from the bathroom in a robe and asked for a massage. When she hesitated, Weinstein implored, “Everybody does it,” Kendall recalled. She fled after he briefly left the room and returned nude, chasing her around the room, she said.

Read the full AP story here.

Update – 5:15 p.m.: Showtime says it won’t move forward on production of an upcoming television series unless The Weinstein Co. is removed from its production credits.


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 on Friday that “we do not intend to move forward with the current configuration of the project and are exploring our options.”

Update – 5:00 p.m.: Actress-model Angie Everhart tells TMZ Live about an incident onboard a yacht at the Cannes Film Festival ten years ago in which Weinstein allegedly entered her room while she was sleeping, and kept her there while he masturbated in front of her. Everhart says she told “everyone” about the alleged incident, but they ignored her.

From TMZ:

Angie says the incident happened more than 10 years ago on a yacht during the Cannes Film Festival in France. She says she had just arrived from the United States, was jetlagged and went to a cabin and fell asleep. The next thing she knew, Weinstein was over her, blocking the door and pleasuring himself.

She says he told her not to tell anyone, but, “I told everyone.” Angie says she told other actors, producers — anyone who would listen — and all they said was, “oh that’s just Harvey.” Angie says everyone knew that Weinstein committed such acts but no one did a damn thing until last week.

Update – 4:50 p.m.: Expanding upon other reports in recent days, the Wall Street Journal reports The Weinstein Co. may be looking for a sale, or to shut down.

From WSJ:

Weinstein Co. is exploring a sale or shutdown and is unlikely to continue as an independent entity, a person close to the company said.

The film and television studio’s board of directors has been talking to possible buyers as it mulls how to move forward after firing co-chairman Harvey Weinstein on Sunday amid dozens of accusations against him of sexual assault and harassment.

Full story here.

Update – 4:00 p.m.: Jimmy Kimmel is defending himself for not joking about the Weinstein scandal, telling Good Morning America in an interview Friday that he’s not “the moral conscience of America.”

From the Daily Beast:

“First of all, the Harvey Weinstein thing, people like this false equivalence of that’s somehow equivalent to what happened in Las Vegas,” Kimmel added, arguing that the alleged assault of dozens of women does not deserve the same reaction as the killing of nearly 60 people. He said that Weinstein is “not a friend of mine,” adding, “I’m not in the movie business.” As a once and future Oscar host who is friends with many of the movie stars in Weinstein’s orbit, that claim is a hard one to buy.

“And I’ll add that that story came out like I think moments before we went to tape on Thursday and we didn’t have a show on Friday,” Kimmel continued.

Full video of Kimmel’s interview:

Update – 3:25 p.m.: Weinstein will reportedly challenge his firing from The Weinstein Company at the next board meeting.


We’re told the firing is on the Board’s agenda for the October 17 meeting. Sources connected with Weinstein say he will be present by phone — Weinstein is expected to be in a live-in rehab facility … we’re told he’s checking in as early as Friday.

Our sources also say Weinstein’s civil lawyer, Patty Glaser, will be present at the meeting as well to make the case.

Update – 3:09 p.m.: Weinstein Co. President David Glasser Linked to Felon’s Money Laundering Case


David Glasser has been Harvey Weinstein’s right-hand man for the better part of a decade. Now, after Weinstein’s spectacular downfall in a sex harassment scandal this week, Glasser has been put in charge of the mogul’s imploding entertainment company alongside Weinstein’s brother, Bob.

But Glasser, who serves as president and chief operating officer of the Weinstein Co., has long been dogged by legal issues that date back more than two decades. In the most serious case, Glasser’s former company was used to launder the proceeds of a massive stock manipulation scheme which, according to federal prosecutors, was connected to the Genovese crime family.

Full story here.

Update – 2:42 p.m.: George Clooney has been accused of helping to “blacklist” an actress who worked on ER, the show that made him a star, when she complained about sexual misconduct on set. Vanessa Marquez, who starred in the show for its first three seasons, said that actor Eriq La Salle and another crew member were “p*ssy grabbers,” and said she suffered racial abuse from at least three of her castmates.

From Page Six:

A former “ER” actress claims that she was sexually and racially harassed daily on set — and George Clooney helped “blacklist” her from Hollywood when she complained.

“Clooney helped blacklist me when I spoke up abt harassment on ER.’women who don’t play the game lose career’I did,” tweeted Vanessa Marquez, who played a nurse on the show’s first three seasons.

Update – 1:38 p.m.: Rose McGowan’s Twitter Boycott Grows


#WomenBoycottTwitter was trending big on Thursday night and continued to balloon in the U.S., UK, Australia, Mexico and Korea, among others, into Friday European time. A slew of celebrities joined McGowan, a vocal critic of disgraced film mogul Harvey Weinstein and an advocate against sexual assault and harassment in Hollywood.

Using the hashtag #WomenBoycottTwitter, McGowan, who on Thursday said on Twitter that she had been raped by Weinstein, asked her followers to stop using the social media platform for 24 hours beginning Friday at midnight in solidarity to her cause.

Update – 1:07 p.m.: Minka Kellys says Harvey Weinstein promised lavish life if they dated

Daily Mail:

Kelly said that she agreed to the meeting but refused to go to Weinstein’s room, and instead met him at the restaurant inside his hotel with an assistant.

‘He bulls*** me for 5 minutes re: movies he could put me in, then asked the assistant to excuse us,’ said Kelly.

‘As she walked away, he said, “I know you were feeling what I was feeling when we met the other night” and then regaled me with offers of a lavish life filled with trips around the world on private planes etc.

‘IF I would be his girlfriend.’

Update – 1:03 p.m.: Teetering Weinstein Company loses ANOTHER board member. Down to just three.

Daily Mail:

And then there were three.

The Weinstein Company board of directors lost its fifth member on Thursday as Richard Koenigsberg stepped down, just hours after a story in The New York Times disputed claims made by founder Bob Weinstein to employees that he had no idea about his brother’s sexual harassment and assault of multiple women.

Update – 1:00 p.m.: More problems for ‘Justice League’. Add this mess to the groping allegations swirling around Ben Affleck:


As the industry expresses its outrage against sexual harassment following the Harvey Weinstein scandal, social media has dug up footage of Aquaman and Justice League actor Jason Momoa making a joking reference to rape six years ago during a Comic-Con Game of Thrones panel. The actor quickly apologized on Instagram last night and we hear that there are no plans by Warner Bros. to hide the actor during any upcoming Justice League promotional appearances or interviews.

Update – 12:58 p.m.: “Evan Rachel Wood revealed after the election that she was raped twice, but she hasn’t named her abusers.”

Page Six:

“People are wondering why women don’t come forward sooner or why they come out in numbers is because it’s safer. They don’t feel safe enough to do so, period,” Wood explained. “I’m guilty of this as well because I have not named my abusers not because I don’t plan on saying these people’s names eventually but because to start that process is an emotionally draining, financially draining, really everything draining thing to do and to go through.

“I want to do it … when I’m ready.”

Update – 12:52 p.m.: Feminist attorney Lisa Bloom is again trying to dig herself out of the hole she dug by advising Weinstein. This will not help. She has forever smeared her own reputation. Everyone believes she sided with him because he was set to produce a miniseries from one of her books. The real career-killer, though, is the news she sought to discredit Harvey’s victims. On top of all that, it appears as though the Weinstein people found her incompetent and called on her to resign.


Update – 12:50 p.m.: Goldman Sachs, Amazon may sever ties with The Weinstein Company

Update – 12:48 p.m.: The list of accusers so far…


Update – 11:59 a.m.: Jane Fonda wants Harvey in jail.

Update – 11:22 a.m.: Colin Firth says Sophie Dix told him about Weinstein’s sexual assault and he feels ashamed for remaining silent.

The Guardian:

“She told me she had had a distressing encounter with Harvey Weinstein,” Firth told the Guardian. “I don’t think she went into all the horrific detail I’ve read in her interview. But I remember her being profoundly upset by it. To my shame, I merely expressed sympathy.

“I didn’t act on what she told me,” he went on. “It was a long time ago and I don’t know if she remembers telling me, but the fact that I had that conversation has come back to haunt me in the light of these revelations. It’s the only direct account of this kind of behaviour by Harvey Weinstein that’s ever been told to me.”


Update – 11:09 a.m.: Devastating story… Sophie Dix Sexually Assaulted by Harvey Weinstein at 22

The Guardian

An English actor who was on the brink of a career in the British film industry in the 1990s has told how her trajectory was “massively cut down” after an alleged sexual assault by Harvey Weinstein in a London hotel.

Sophie Dix claimed the Hollywood mogul performed an unwelcome sexual act in her presence after she was invited up his room at the Savoy hotel “to watch some rushes” – a film production term for unprocessed footage from a day’s filming.

She now says that what happened next was “the single most damaging thing that’s happened in my life”.

Update – 10:51 a.m.: Writer/producer Brian Koppelman blasts Oliver Stone.

Update – 10:38 a.m.: The leftwing Washington Post buries the Amazon sexual harassment scandal in Arts & Entertainment section. Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos owns the Post.

Update – 10:31 a.m.:  List of those in Hollywood accused of sexual misconduct:

  1. Alamo Drafthouse’s Devin Faraci
  2. Ain’t It Cool News’s Harry Knowles
  3. Honest Trailers’ Andy Signore
  4. Harvey Weinstein
  5. Oliver Stone
  6. Ben Affleck
  7. Amazon Studios chief Roy Price.

Every man listed there is a hardcore leftwinger. Tell me more about the War on Women…

Update – 10:07 a.m.: Game of Thrones star Jason Momoa slammed for rape joke.

Footage of Jason Momoa joking about his rape scenes in Game of Thrones has gone viral online, in the wake of a wider outcry about sexual harassment in the film industry.

Speaking at Comic Con panel event in 2011, Momoa said: “As far as sci-fi and fantasy, I love that genre because there are so many things you can do, like rip someone’s tongue out of their throat and get away with it – and rape beautiful women.” The remark, which met with laughter from the audience, has been branded “horrific” and “awful” by viewers on social media.

Full details here.

Update – 9:49 a.m.: After more than a week, director Quentin Tarantino finally speaks out.

Update – 9:39 a.m.: SHAMELESS WAR ON WOMEN –> New York Governor refuses to return $60,000 in donations received from accused rapist Harvey Weinstein

“These allegations are horrid and disturbing — sexual harassment and abuse have no place in our society,” Cuomo campaign chairman Bill Mulrow said last Friday.

However, according to Politico, Cuomo plans to keep the remaining $60,000 for himself, leading to charges of hypocrisy from the Republican State Committee.

Details here.

Update – 9:27 a.m.: BOMBSHELL –> Oliver Stone Accused of Sexual Assault

As more and more women step forward to give public testimony about their alleged abuse at the hands of Hollywood power — Harvey Weinstein, Ben Affleck, Amazon Studios chief Roy Price — more and more women are coming out about their alleged abuse at the hands of Hollywood power.

Funny how that works. And on Friday morning, three-time Oscar winner Oliver Stone was added to the list.

Details here.

Update – 9:19 a.m.: The Weinstein Co. Nears The Brink As Agencies Cut Off Talent Supply

The Weinstein Company was doomed a week ago. Now that there are reports that the board new about the sexual harassment payouts and even allowed for sexual harassment in Harvey’s 2015 contracts, it is even more doomed.


Agents did not want to be on record, but reactions ranged from not wanting to risk the wrath of clients in the event of more fallout by putting them into TWC projects, and others said that if there was evidence of Weinstein benefiting directly or indirectly in projects, the agencies wanted no part of it. They felt even a re-branded company will carry a tarnish, and hoped that projects would be sold off. This wasn’t unanimous; at least one said that if Bob Weinstein and Glasser could change the messaging, and make it clear that Harvey Weinstein’s indiscretions were not in fact covered up, forgiveness could come over time.


Update – 9:16 a.m.: Harvey Weinstein, Dinner Before Rehab in Arizona


Harvey Weinstein had what looked like just another night out with friends Thursday … which could not be further from the truth.

Weinstein had dinner at Uncle Sal’s restaurant in Scottsdale, AZ … what we’re told will be his last supper before checking into a nearby rehab facility. The restaurant is in a strip mall 15 minutes from the Phoenician Resort, where he checked in Wednesday night after flying from L.A.


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