Women are coming forward in large numbers sharing accounts of sexual harassment they’ve endured in Hollywood’s misogynistic culture following the breaking news of movie mogul Harvey Weinstein’s serial abuse.
For instance, after famed filmmaker Oliver Stone came out in defense of his competitor, saying, “I’m a believer that you wait until this thing gets to trial. I believe a man shouldn’t be condemned by a vigilante system. It’s not easy what he’s going through, either,” Carrie Stevens, who was Playboy’s Playmate of the Month in June 1997, revealed in an interview that Stone once grabbed one of her breasts at a party.
On Thursday, The New York Daily News reported that the incident took place more than 20 years ago at a party honoring Stone. Stevens — who was 22 at the time — recalled that Stone walked up to her, “reached out and … honked it like a horn.”
“He was really cocky, had this big grin on his face like he was going to get away with something,” she told the paper. Others saw what happened, but nobody said a word about it because “that’s what’s going on in Hollywood. That’s why things have to change.”
Roughly 30 women — including well-known actresses Angelina Jolie, Ashley Judd and Gwyneth Paltrow — have recently revealed that Weinstein had sexually harassed or sexually assaulted them. On Thursday, actress Rose McGowan tweeted out, “HW raped me.”
1) @jeffbezos I told the head of your studio that HW raped me. Over & over I said it. He said it hadn’t been proven. I said I was the proof.
— rose mcgowan (@rosemcgowan) October 12, 2017
The initials were an apparent reference to Weinstein, and The Hollywood Reporter said the actress confirmed to them that she was referring to the disgraced film mogul. The New York Times earlier reported that Weinstein paid a financial settlement of $100,000 to McGowan in 1997 over an incident in a hotel room at the Sundance Film Festival in Utah.
“Any allegations of non-consensual sex are unequivocally denied by Mr. Weinstein,” Weinstein’s representative Sallie Hofmeister said Thursday.
In an exposé by The New Yorker, former actress Lucia Evans said Weinstein forced her to perform oral sex in 2004 when she was a college student.
At least one other unnamed woman said she was raped by Weinstein, but the article did not disclose when or where it happened. A third woman, actress Asia Argento, told the magazine that Weinstein forcibly performed oral sex on her in 1997 at a hotel in France.
Under New York law, making someone engage in oral sex by physical force or the threat of it is a first-degree criminal sexual act. There’s no legal time limit for bringing such charges forward.
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