The second series of allegations
On the night of Sunday, October 8, The Weinstein Company announced that its founder was effectively fired. “In light of new information about misconduct by Harvey Weinstein that has emerged in the past few days, the directors of The Weinstein Company -- Robert Weinstein, Lance Maerov, Richard Koenigsberg and Tarak Ben Ammar -- have determined, and have informed Harvey Weinstein, that his employment with The Weinstein Company is terminated, effective immediately,” read a statement from the board members. It was a change from the talk of prolonged leave suggested days earlier.
The termination arrived after stories of corporate intrigue in the press, with anonymous tipsters in the New York Post suggesting Harvey's younger brother Bob may have been "the mastermind" behind the Times article. ("These assertions are untrue," Bob Weinstein told Page Six.) On Monday, an email sent by Harvey Weinstein to prominent colleagues begging for help was leaked to the press. "Just give me time to have therapy," he wrote. "Do not let me be fired. If the industry supports me, that is all I need."
On Tuesday, October 10, a detailed New Yorker exposé by reporter Ronan Farrow -- the 29-year-old son of actress Mia Farrow -- documented the stories of 13 women accusing the mogul of abusive behavior. In one story, Italian actress Asia Argento describes being raped by Weinstein in France at the Hôtel du Cap-Eden-Roc in 1997. She arrived for a party but found Weinstein alone in his bedroom. He left for a moment, returned in a bathrobe, asked for a massage, and then forcibly performed oral sex on her as she told him to stop. “I said, ‘No, no, no.’ . . . It’s twisted," she explained in the article. "A big fat man wanting to eat you. It’s a scary fairy tale."
Her description of the events are echoed throughout other testimonies in the New Yorker piece. Actress Mira Sorvino, who won an Oscar for her role in the 1995 Miramax comedy Mighty Aphrodite, alleges that Weinstein massaged her shoulders and chased her around a room. French actress Emma de Caunes says he took her up to his hotel room to retrieve a book he wanted her to read for a possible movie adaptation, slipped away to turn on the shower, and then emerged fully naked and erect. He instructed her to lie on the bed. She reportedly fled.
Rosanna Arquette, who appeared in Pulp Fiction, describes an incident in the early '90s where Weinstein invited her to dinner to pick up a script for a new film. She was instructed to go up to his room, where he greeted her in a bathrobe exposed himself to her while demanding a massage. She believes her career suffered because she rejected his advances. "He’s going to be working very hard to track people down and silence people,” she says in the piece. “To hurt people. That’s what he does.”
The New Yorker also obtained audio of an exchange between Weinstein and Ambra Battilana Gutierrez, a Filipina-Italian model who worked with the NYPD on a sting operation against Weinstein following her alleged assault. In the recording, which you can listen to below, Weinstein can be heard pleading with Gutierrez to enter his hotel room. "Don't have a fight with me in the hall," he says. "Please, I'm not going to do anything. I swear on my children. Please, come in." When she brings up him touching her breasts the day before, he simply says, "I'm used to that."