The list of women keeps growing in the Harvey Weinstein sexual abuse scandal. In just the few days since the story broke, dozens of women have come forward with frightening stories that all sound eerily familiar. The set up for the encounters almost always took place in a hotel room under the guise of discussing a film or script. Often the women thought they were meeting in a public area of the hotel only to be told after arriving that the meeting had been moved to a private room.
It was in these private rooms that Weinstein repeatedly showed his predatory nature. He would often appear in a robe or even nude, asking for massages, or for the women to watch him shower or bathe.
The women who have come out have told their stories:
“I had a bad experience with Harvey Weinstein in my youth, and as a result, chose never to work with him again and warn others when they did. This behavior toward women in any field, any country is unacceptable.”
Actress Rose McGowan reached a settlement with Weinstein stemming from an encounter in a hotel room after the Sundance Film Festival. Many have speculated because of the settlement she signed a non-disclosure agreement that prevents her from speaking outright about the incident. However, McGowan has been very forthcoming and outspoken about a time she was raped by a Hollywood executive. She has also been a leading voice standing up for the women who have come forward and calling for all board members of Weinstein's company to step down.
Judd was one of the first women to speak out, talking to the New York Times in an article that brought out in the open the years of sexual harassment and assault allegations against Weinstein.
“I said no, a lot of ways, a lot of times, and he always came back at me with some new ask. It was all this bargaining, this coercive bargaining. How do I get out of the room as fast as possible without alienating Harvey Weinstein?”
A slew of well known actresses have tweeted their support and appreciation for Judd's bravery in coming forward:
“I was a kid, I was signed up, I was petrified,”
After stopping by a hotel to pick up a script, Arquette was told that Weinstein was in his room. When she entered he met her wearing only a robe. He took her hand and tried to place it on his penis. She pulled away and left, saying:
"I will never be that girl."
Beckinsale recalled a meeting with Weinstein when she was 17 during which she declined his advances:
“I assumed it would be in a conference room which was very common. When I arrived, reception told me to go to his room. He opened the door in his bathrobe...It did not cross my mind that this older, unattractive man would expect me to have any sexual interest in him."
"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."
The model turned actress took to Instagram to recount a meeting with Weinstein during which he came on to her:
He walked me to the door and stood in front of it and tried to kiss me on the lips. I stopped him and managed to get out of the room. I still got the part for the film and always thought that he gave it to me because of what happened. Since then I felt awful that I did the movie. I felt like I didn't deserve the part. I was so hesitant about speaking out...
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