In an op-ed for The New York Times published Thursday, actress Lupita Nyong'o described several uncomfortable encounters she had with Harvey Weinstein, saying she's speaking up to "make certain that this is not the kind of misconduct that deserves a second chance."
Nyong'o said she first met Weinstein in 2011 while a student at the Yale School of Drama, and was warned he "could be a bully." He invited her to screen a movie at his Connecticut home, and he led her into his bedroom, where he said he wanted to give her a massage. "For the first time since I met him, I felt unsafe," she said. Nyong'o turned the tables and offered him a massage, because "it would allow me to be in control physically, to know exactly where his hands were at all times," she wrote. When he said he wanted to take off his pants, Nyong'o headed to the door. "I didn't quite know how to process the massage incident," she said. "I reasoned that it had been inappropriate and uncalled for, but not overtly sexual." Months later, he overtly propositioned her at dinner, and she said no.
After 12 Years a Slave came out in 2013, Weinstein approached Nyong'o and told her he had "treated me so badly in the past," she said. "He was ashamed of his actions and he promised to respect me moving forward. I said thank you and left it at that. But I made a quiet promise to myself to never ever work with Harvey Weinstein." Now that other women have come forward with Weinstein stories, Nyong'o said she can see there "is clearly power in numbers." While she wishes she had known then that she wasn't alone, Nyong'o is thankful for those who have shared their stories. "Now that we are speaking," she said, "let us never shut up about this kind of thing." Catherine Garcia
Quentin Tarantino knew about accusations of sexual misconduct against Harvey Weinstein in the 1990s, but continued to work with him, something he now regrets, the director told The New York Times in an interview.
"I knew enough to do more than I did," he 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." Tarantino said in 1995, his then-girlfriend, actress Mira Sorvino, told him Weinstein made unwelcome advances, and he also heard about actress Rose McGowan reaching a settlement with Weinstein following an incident at the Sundance Film Festival. "I chalked it up to a '50s-'60s era image of a boss chasing a secretary around the desk," he said. "As if that's okay. That's the egg on my face right now."
Weinstein and Tarantino have long been close, with Weinstein distributing such Tarantino films as Pulp Fiction, Reservoir Dogs, and the Kill Bill films, and he recently threw Tarantino an engagement party. When reports came out in the Times and New Yorker about allegations of sexual harassment and assault against Weinstein, Tarantino said he was "shocked and appalled," and he told the Times he now apologizes for not speaking up sooner. Hollywood needs to change, he added, and "what was previously accepted is now untenable to anyone of a certain consciousness." Catherine Garcia
Woody Allen has weighed in on the allegations of sexual misconduct made against Harvey Weinstein and reported on by Allen's son, Ronan Farrow, saying he feels "very sad for everybody involved" but he's also concerned that it "could lead to a witch hunt atmosphere, a Salem atmosphere."
Farrow interviewed more than 10 women for his New Yorker article, and they told him that Weinstein, a powerful producer, sexually harassed or assaulted them. Allen can credit Weinstein with helping him recover professionally in the early 1990s, after he was accused of molesting his adopted daughter with Mia Farrow, Dylan, which he has denied. Allen and Weinstein worked together on films like Mighty Aphrodite, and Allen told the BBC that while you hear "a million fanciful rumors" while working in Hollywood, he never heard "these horror stories" about Weinstein. No one ever approached Allen with allegations against Weinstein, he said, "and they wouldn't, because you are not interested in it. You are interested in making your movie."
Now that he knows about the accusations, Allen said it's "sad for Harvey that [his] life is so messed up" and it's "very, very sad and tragic for those poor women that had to go through that." He's said he's hopeful that "something like this could be transformed into a benefit for people rather than just a sad or tragic situation," but also worries it could "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." Catherine Garcia
The Birds star Tippi Hedren speaks out about Alfred Hitchcock's alleged assault, harassment in the wake of the Weinstein allegations
The Birds and Marnie actress Tippi Hedren likened alleged sexual assault and harassment at the hands of legendary director Alfred Hitchcock to the actions of film mogul Harvey Weinstein, who is accused of harassing, assaulting, and raping women over a nearly three-decade period, The Daily Beast reports.
"Some of these men think they have a tremendous amount of power, and a great deal of money," said Hedren. "They think that they can get away with these antics. I feel kind of sorry for them actually. If that's what they have to do — to make people miserable to satisfy their own sexual needs — I think it's pretty disgusting."
In her memoir, Hedren alleges Hitchcock tried to kiss her while filming The Birds and at one point asked her to touch him. On the set of Marnie, Hedren claims Hitchcock grabbed her in a way that was "sexual, perverse, and ugly."
"The whole crew knew," Hedren told The Daily Beast. "Those things were not covered up. They were out there and obvious. One person said, 'Tippi, I’m so sorry that you have to go through this.' I said, 'I am not going through anything' — meaning that the impression Hitchcock was giving on set was not what was happening in reality."
Hedren expressed pessimism about the industry: "As long as there is male and female this will go on for millennia," she predicted. "Men can't change, I don't think so. I hope they can. It would be awesome if they could. It would make life a lot easier for everyone." Read her full interview here. Jeva Lange
Police in London and New York said Thursday that they are looking into complaints of sexual assault by disgraced Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein, including ones with no statutes of limitations. Also Thursday, actress Kate Beckinsale said that Weinstein did not sexually assault her, but not for lack of trying. When she was 17, she was sent to a meeting with Weinstein at London's Savoy Hotel, and to her surprise, it was in his hotel room. He opened the door in his bathrobe, she writes on Instragram under a photo of herself at 17:
I was incredibly naive and young and it did not cross my mind that this older, unattractive man would expect me to have any sexual interest in him. After declining alcohol and announcing that I had school in the morning I left, uneasy but unscathed. A few years later he asked me if he had tried anything with me in that first meeting. I realized he couldn't remember if he had assaulted me or not. [Kate Beckinsale]
Beckinsale went on to recount how she "said no to him professionally many times," too, over the years, and he called her crude names and threatened her. Keeping herself "uncompromised ... undoubtedly harmed my career," she said, adding that an unidentified male friend was blacklisted from Weinstein projects because he tried to warn off an actress who was already sleeping with Weinstein. "Any allegations of nonconsensual sex are unequivocally denied by Mr. Weinstein," spokeswoman Sallie Hofmeister said earlier this week, as allegations from actresses started piling up. "Mr. Weinstein has further confirmed that there were never any acts of retaliation against any women for refusing his advances." Peter Weber
Actress Rose McGowan, back on Twitter Thursday after a brief suspension, sent a series of tweets to Amazon's Jeff Bezos, in which she asked him to stop funding "sexual harassers" and accused "HW" of raping her.
"I told the head of your studio that HW raped me," McGowan tweeted to Bezos. "Over and over. I said it. He said it hadn't been proven. I said I was the proof." McGowan also said she was calling on Bezos to "stop funding rapists, alleged pedos, and sexual harassers. I love @amazon but there is rot in Hollywood." McGowan didn't speak to The New York Times for its bombshell article on sexual misconduct allegations against producer Harvey Weinstein, but the newspaper did mention a 1997 incident between the two, which took place in a hotel room during the Sundance Film Festival and ultimately led to Weinstein paying McGowan a $100,000 settlement.
On Tuesday, McGowan had also mentioned Bezos in a tweet, saying it was "time to look at who funds and airs his shows. What's up @jeffbezos." Twitter said it temporarily locked McGowan's account on Wednesday night because she tweeted a private phone number, which violates the company's terms of services. An annoyed McGowan, referencing President Trump's penchant for firing off tweets that could start World War III, responded, "When will nuclear war violate your terms of service?" Catherine Garcia
Actress Rose McGowan has been one of the loudest voices in the industry to speak out against Harvey Weinstein after reports that the film mogul allegedly sexually harassed, assaulted, or raped dozens of women over the years. McGowan, who accepted a $100,000 settlement in 1997 from Weinstein over "an episode in a hotel room during the Sundance Film Festival," was banned from Twitter over her tweets, which included scolding actor Ben Affleck and praising the women who have spoken out, Variety reports:
Ladies of Hollywood, your silence is deafening.
— rose mcgowan (@rosemcgowan) October 7, 2017
This is the girl that was hurt by a monster. This is who you are shaming with your silence. pic.twitter.com/TrtRNiYfIT
— rose mcgowan (@rosemcgowan) October 8, 2017
Now am I allowed to say rapist https://t.co/95Ze9BixCT
— rose mcgowan (@rosemcgowan) October 10, 2017
On Thursday, McGowan shared on Twitter that she had been temporarily banned for violating the social media website's rules (her account has apparently since been restored, Gizmodo notes):
Twitter has been heavily criticized for not responding more firmly to serial abusers on its platform. While McGowan used strong language in her condemnation of Weinstein and Affleck, being banned after coming to the defense of the abused has already raised further criticism of Twitter.
"Twitter suspended Rose McGowan and just slapped every sexual assault survivor right in the face," wrote one user. The organizers of the Women's March on Washington added: "Women should not be punished for speaking the truth." Jeva Lange
Actor and Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane explained on Wednesday why he made a jab at Harvey Weinstein while announcing Academy Award nominations in 2013, saying it "came from a place of loathing and anger."
In 2013, after naming the women nominated for best supporting actress, MacFarlane quipped: "Congratulations! You five ladies no longer have to be attracted to Harvey Weinstein." On Twitter, MacFarlane said his friend and colleague Jessica Barth told him in 2011 about an "encounter with Harvey Weinstein and his attempted advances." With all of Hollywood watching as he announced the nominations, MacFarlane said he "couldn't resist the opportunity to take a hard swing in his direction."
MacFarlane applauded Barth and the other women who have come forward with their allegations of sexual misconduct by Weinstein, adding, "there is nothing more abhorrent and indefensible than abuse of power such as this." Several people responded to MacFarlane on Twitter, asking why he didn't say anything to Weinstein, but Barth came to his defense, tweeting: "To the people slamming Seth for not 'doing' anything, please STOP! He stood by me and respected my wishes that he not retaliate in any way." She followed up with another tweet praising MacFarlane: "To everyone bad mouthing Seth, how about applauding him for being one of FEW men in Hollywood speaking out." Catherine Garcia