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Matt Damon Admits He Knew Gwyneth Paltrow’s  Harvey Weinstein Story

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Matt Damon and George Clooney talked about the sexual abuse and harassment allegations against producing Harvey Weinstein while promoting their upcoming film Suburbicon in a segment on Good Morning America

“You had to spend about five minutes with him to know that he was a bully and he was intimidating…that was his whole kind of M.O,” Damon said. “When people say ‘everybody knew,’ yea I knew. I knew he was an asshole. He was proud of that. I knew he was a womanizer. I wouldn’t want to be married to the guy. This level of criminal sexual predation was not something I ever thought was going on.”

Later on, Damon admitted that he and Ben Affleck knew Gwyneth Paltrow was allegedly sexually harassed by Weinstein.

“I knew the story about Gwyneth from Ben because he was with her after [her relationship with] Brad [Pitt],” the Oscar winner said to Michael Strahan. “I never talked to Gwyneth about it. Ben told me. But I knew that they had come to whatever agreement or understanding that they had come to. She had handled it, and she was the first lady of Miramax. And he treated her incredibly respectfully, always.”

Paltrow revealed to The New York Times earlier this month that Weinstein invited her to his hotel suite in 1996 for a business meeting that ended with him asking for a massage. “I was a kid … I was petrified,” she said. The actress told then-boyfriend Pitt about the encounter, and he later confronted the former executive “very clearly and strongly and unequivocally” at a movie premiere.

Meanwhile, Clooney claimed that Weinstein had told him that he had different affairs with “some actresses who were friends of mine,” but Clooney did not believe him at the time. “The fact that the story is coming out now and the more it comes out, I want to know all of it,” he said on the show.

 

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Blythe Danner Sounds Off on Harvey Weinstein Scandal

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Actress Blythe Danner, mother of Gwyneth Paltrow, who was one of Harvey Weinstein‘s alleged victims, defends her daughter in a New York Time’s letter to the editor, in response to a recent story by NYT writer Maureen Dowd.

Danner wrote, “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).”

The Meet the Parents actress said that her daughter did do something. She wrote, “After her initial shock, Gwyneth left the room immediately, and, despite the fact that Mr. Weinstein threatened her if she ever spoke of what happened, she reported it to her agent and to her boyfriend at the time, Brad Pitt, who confronted Mr. Weinstein.”

In her column, Down insinuated that Paltrow willingly collaborated with the film producer’s advances and that she even defended him in an interview years after the incident allegedly occurred. In response to this, Danner wrote, “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.”

Paltrow revealed to The New York Times, that she was harassed by the film producer while shooting Emma in 1996. Weinstein allegedly called Paltrow to his hotel room at the Peninsula Beverly Hills for a business meeting and suggested they give one another massages. “I was a kid, I was signed up, I was petrified,” Paltrow said. “I thought he was going to fire me. He screamed at me for a long time. It was brutal…I was expected to keep the secret.”

The veteran actress recognizes that women are treated unfairly in the industry and hopes that substantive changes come after the unveiling of these misconducts and crimes. “As a longstanding member of the industry, I am much aware of the many years of its prejudiced and unacceptable behavior toward women,” Danner wrote, “No one would argue that Harvey Weinstein isn’t finally getting what he deserves. But I hope that this is the point of no return where change will occur, not only in our industry but also others.”

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Jennifer Lawrence Talks About Humiliating Audition Early On In Her Career

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Oscar winner, Jennifer Lawrence talked about a humiliating audition that she went through early on her career as an actress while attending the Elle Women in Hollywood event on Monday, October 16.

“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. “A female producer had me do a nude line-up with five women who were much, much thinner than me. We all stood side-by-side with only [tape] covering our privates. After that degrading and humiliating line-up, the female producer told me I should use the naked photos of myself as inspiration for my diet.”

“I can laugh now, it’s OK,” she continued. “If at any point you’re wondering, ‘Why didn’t I stick up for myself?’ I tried. I asked to speak to a producer about the unrealistic diet regime and he replied by saying he didn’t know why everyone thought I was so fat. He thought I was perfectly f—kable.”

Lawrence, who did not reveal the name of the producer or director, said she felt like she had no other choice. “I let myself get treated a certain way because I felt like I had to for my career. I was young and walking that fine line of sticking up for myself without being called difficult, which they did call me, but I believe the word they used was ‘nightmare,'” she said. “Every human being, no matter how successful they are, should have the power to be treated with respect because they’re human. … In a dream world, everyone is treated with the exact same level of respect, but until we reach that goal, I will lend my ear, I will lend my voice to any boy, girl, man or woman who does not feel like they can protect themselves.”

The Hunger Games star spoke out about her own experience after praising all the women for coming forward with their personal stories, amid the Harvey Weinstein scandal.

“It’s so fundamental to the female experience to be mistreated and feel ashamed of it or worse, to be made to feel ashamed, but thanks to the women before us who [have] fought for our right to vote, for our right to choose, we are now living in a somewhat confused world, but confused isn’t bad, confused is progress,” said Lawrence, who was one of eight honorees at the event.

 

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Carrie Fisher Once Sent a Cow’s Tongue to Producer Who Sexually Assaulted Her Friend

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A heroic princess in real life, too! Star War’s Carrie Fisher once sent a cow’s tongue to a predatory producer after he sexually assaulted her friend, screenwriter Heather Ross.

During an interview with 94.9 MIXfm, Ross revealed that an unnamed Award-winning producer climbed on top of her in a car and allegedly began making unwanted sexual advances. The screenwriter said that she pushed the producer off her, but as she got away the man shouted, “You’ll never make a movie in my town … Get the F out of my car!”

Later, the writer confided in Fisher, who took matters into her own hands. “About two weeks later, she sent me a message online and said, ‘I just saw [him] at Sony Studios. I knew he would probably be there, so I went to his office and personally delivered a Tiffany box wrapped with a white bow,'” Ross said about the actress, known for her iconic role as Princess Leia, who died at the age of 60 in December 2016 after suffering cardiac arrest.

“I asked her what was inside and she said, ‘It was a cow tongue from Jerry’s Famous Deli in Westwood with a note that said, ‘If you ever touch my darling Heather or any other woman again, the next delivery will be something of yours in a much smaller box!'” Ross said.

“It felt validating to know … this woman who I love as a friend was not just a fake Hollywood friend. That’s who she was,” she continued. “She spoke out and put things out there in your face.”

Though the screenwriter did not name the producer, she said he was not Harvey Weinstein.

This revelation comes amid Weinstein’s scandal. The infamous Hollywood producer accussed by more than 30 women of sexual assault and harassment, has since been fired from The Weinstein Company and removed from the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences. In addition, the former executive’s wife, Marchesa designer Georgina Chapman, has left him.

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Quentin Tarantino has broken his silence on the Harvey Weinstein allegations

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Writer and director Quentin Tarantino said that he was “heartbroken” over the countless allegations of sexual harassment and rape against his longtime producer and supporter Harvey Weinstein.

Tarantino,  one of the few men from Weinstein’s inner circle -which included Matt Damon and Ben Affleck- who hadn’t addressed the accusations of sexual assault and abuse against the Hollywood fillm producer, released a statement through his friend, actress and director Amber Tamblyn‘s Twitter account.

“For the last week I’ve been stunned and heartbroken about the revelations that have come to light about my friend for 25 years Harvey Weinstein,” the statement said.

“I need a few more days to process my pain, emotions, anger and memory and then I will speak publicly about it,” he added.

Tamblyn said she had a “long dinner” with Tarantino and he asked her to share the statement regarding Weinstein. The actress then stated that she would be signing off Twitter as part of the #WomenBoycottTwitter, a protest against twitter’s measure against Rose McGowen’s account, one of Weinstein’s alleged victims.

Tarantino work with Weinstein almost during his entire career, starting with “Pulp Fiction” in 1994 which was nominated for several Oscars, including best picture and best director. Tarantino won the Oscar for writing the original screenplay.. The renowned director’s most recent film with the Weinstein Co. was “The Hateful Eight” in 2015. Tarantino’s 2012 flick “Django Unchained” is the Weinstein Company’s highest grossing movie, raking in a gross of nearly $163 million.

Weinstein was also expected to work with Tarantino on his upcoming Charles Manson film focused on the Tate family murders.

It was reported last month that the now disgraced film producer threw an engagement party for the famous director after it was revealed he proposed to girlfriend, singer, actress and model Daniella Pick.

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Harvey Weinstein and Georgina Chapman Split Amid His Sexual Harassment Scandal

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Harvey Weinstein and his wife of 10 years, designer Georgina Chapman, have split amid his sexual harassment scandal.

“My heart breaks for all the women who have suffered tremendous pain because of these unforgivable actions,” the Marchesa designer said in a statement. “I have chosen to leave my husband. Caring for my young children is my first priority and I ask the media for privacy at this time.”

The couple, who married in 2007 have two children together.

Chapman’s announcement comes less than a week after the New York Times published an in-depth investigative report where several women came forward and claimed sexual misconduct allegations against Harvey.

 Ashley Judd and Rose McGowan were some of his alleged victims but after the story broke, more women have come forward with allegations of sexual assault and rape, including Oscar winners Gwyneth Paltrow, Angelina Jolie, Mira Sorvino and Italian actress and director Asia Argento, who gave a detailed account of her sexual abuse.

Weinstein took a leave of absence from the company the day the story broke but was subsequently fired by his own company on Sunday, October 8.

When the first allegations came to light, Weinstein  said in an interview that his wife was standing by him.

“She stands 100 percent behind me. Georgina and I have talked about this at length. We went out with Lisa Bloom last night when we knew the article was coming out,” he said. “Georgina will be with Lisa and others kicking my ass to be a better human being and to apologize to people for my bad behavior, to say I’m sorry, and to absolutely mean it.” Recently, Lisa Bloom, her attorney at the time, announced her resignation as advisor to Harvey.

Numerous stars have spoken out against Weinstein, including actors George Clooney, Meryl Streep, Viola Davis, Ewan McGregor, Lin Manuel-Miranda, Jessica Chastain, Jennifer Lawrence, directors Ryan Coogler, Kevin Smith, Judd Appatow, studio heads such as Disney’s Michael Eisner and many more.

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Gwyneth Paltrow and Angelina Jolie accused Harvey Weinstein of Sexual Harassment

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Angelina Jolie and Gwyneth Paltrow are joining Mira Sorvino, Rossana Arquette, Asia Argento and many others speaking out about their own experiences of harassment with Harvey Weinstein.

“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,” said Jolie in an email sent to The New York Times in a report published on October 10. “This behavior towards women in any field, any country is unacceptable.”

According to the report, Weinstein, allegedly made unwanted advances on Jolie in a hotel room in the late 1990s around the release of her film Playing by Heart.

Academy Award winner, Gwyneth Paltrow also shared a similar story with the Times. The actress said that after Weinstein hired her for the lead role in the 1996 adaptation of Jane Austen’s Emma, he asked her to come to his suite at The Peninsula hotel in Beverly Hills for a business meeting that ended with him placing his hands on her body and suggesting bedroom massages.

“I was a kid, I was signed up, I was petrified,” the actress, who was 22 at the time of the alleged encounter.

Paltrow rejected Weinstein’s alleged advances and told her then-boyfriend, Brad Pitt, who later married Jolie. The actor confronted Weinstein “very clearly and strongly and unequivocally” during a movie premiere. The executive then allegedly threatened Paltrow over the phone not to tell anyone else. “I thought he was going to fire me,” Paltrow said. “He screamed at me for a long time. It was brutal.”

The Shakespeare in Love star has since decided to speak out in hopes of helping those facing similar situations. “We’re at a point in time when women need to send a clear message that this is over. This way of treating women ends now,” she said.

These testimonies come right after a report published by The New Yorker, in which multiple women, including Oscar Winner Mira Sorvino and actresses Rosanna Arquette and Asia Argento, revealed more instances of unrequited sexual advances, and in Argento’s case, claims of having been raped by the powerful film producer.

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NeNe Leakes Issues Apology for Rape Comments

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Reality TV Star and actress NeNe Leakes issued an apology to her fans after making a controversial comment about a heckler at her recent stand-up comedy show being raped.

Leakes was performing at the Paramount Theater in Oakland, California when a fan reportedly booed her set and start heckling her. After NeNe made a joke about male Uber drivers trying to have sex with their female passengers, the fan began heckling the star. “I ain’t even gonna tell you about the goddamn Uber driver. I hope he rape yo’ ass tonight when he take you home, bitch,” Leakes said to her. “And steal yo’ funky hello kitty, bitch.”

After the public uproar over her remarks, Leakes took to Facebook to post an apology for her comments on her official page, which she says she now regrets.

“I truly regret and apologize for what I said from the stage in Oakland over the weekend,” the Real Housewives of Atlanta star wrote. “Sometimes words can cut deep and hurt when you have no intentions of them doing so. As a woman and someone who has survived abuse, I regret the words that I used. I made a mistake and I should have known better. I hope people accept my deepest and sincerest apologies. I am sorry.”

Just days earlier, the Bravo star began a heated exchange of words with her costar Kim Zolciak after Zolciak’s daughter Brielle Biermann posted a Snapchat video of cockroaches on the floor in Leakes’ bathroom. “We don’t have roaches! If you found 1, u brought it with u or it fell outta yo funky p–sy!” Leakes said on Instagram, before calling Biermann, 20, “racist trash.”

Zolciak responded later that day. “It’s so sad and offensive that someone can stoop so low as to call someone a racist just because they are made,” she wrote. “Everyone in my life knows that I am far from racist and unfortunately NeNe Leakes has tried for the last 10 years to paint that picture because that’s her last resort.”

Leakes recently came back to Bravo for Season 10 after being away for three seasons of “Real Housewives.” It’s unclear if the network will take action against Leakes in the wake of this latest scandal.

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Meryl Streep Speaks Out Against Harvey Weinstein

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Oscar winner Meryl Streep said that the alleged sexual harassment by Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein was “disgraceful,” “inexcusable,” and an “abuse of power.”

Streep, who has worked with Weinstein on films such as August: Osage County and The Iron Lady, joins a list of actresses to condemn Weinstein, following Lena Dunham, Brie Larson, Rose McGowan, Julianne Moore, Patricia Arquette and Amber Tamblyn. The legendary actress issued a statement  saying, “The disgraceful news about Harvey Weinstein has appalled those of us whose work he championed, and those whose good and worthy causes he supported. The intrepid women who raised their voices to expose this abuse are our heroes.”

Streep’s statement comes days after a detailed report in the New York Times that shed light to almost 30 years of allegations of sexual harassment and abuse. On Sunday, the board of directors of the Weinstein Company fired him citing “new information about misconduct by Harvey Weinstein that has emerged in the past few days.”

In a statement released last week, Weinstein’s attorney, Charles J. Harder, said the report by Jodi Kantor and Megan Twohey is “saturated with false and defamatory statements.”

Since the New York Times article was published, British reporter Lauren Sivan also came forward with her own testimony and said that Weinstein had cornered her at a restaurant closed to the public and masturbated in front of her.

Here’s Streep’s full statement:

“The disgraceful news about Harvey Weinstein has appalled those of us whose work he championed, and those whose good and worthy causes he supported. The intrepid women who raised their voices to expose this abuse are our heroes.

One thing can be clarified. Not everybody knew. Harvey supported the work fiercely, was exasperating but respectful with me in our working relationship, and with many others with whom he worked professionally. I didn’t know about these other offenses: I did not know about his financial settlements with actresses and colleagues; I did not know about his having meetings in his hotel room, his bathroom, or other inappropriate, coercive acts. And If everybody knew, I don’t believe that all the investigative reporters in the entertainment and the hard news media would have neglected for decades to write about it.

The behavior is inexcusable, but the abuse of power familiar. Each brave voice that is raised, heard and credited by our watchdog media will ultimately change the game.”

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Film Producer Harvey Weinstein Accused of Decades of Alleged Sexual Misconduct 

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Hollywood producer, Harvey Weinstein of The Weinstein Company, is facing serious allegations regarding sexual misconduct.

The New York Times published an investigation, backed by multiple sources, in which several women came forward claiming sexual assault and harassment allegations against the powerful entertainment figure.

The investigation includes legal records and internal documents that go back over three decades of allegations from current and former employees of Weinstein and film industry workers.

One of the women who came forward was actress Ashley Judd. She said that 20 years ago she was asked to meet Weinstein for a breakfast meeting at the Peninsula Beverly Hills Hotel. The meeting turned into him inviting her up to his hotel room and claimed he asked to give her a massage and watch him shower.

“How do I get out of the room as fast as possible without alienating Harvey Weinstein?” Judd said  recalling the incident.

Over nearly 3 decades, the former Miramax head reached at least eight settlements with different women with allegations similar to Judd’s. This information was disclosed by two company employees speaking on the condition of anonymity.

The publication reports that one of those undisclosed settlements was with actress Rose McGowan in 1997. A $100,000 settlement was reached but “not to be construed as an admission” by Weinstein. The document states that it was intended to “avoid litigation and buy peace.”

Weinstein has assembled a team of attorneys—including Lisa Bloom and Charles Harder—to represent him as he continues to face the most recent set of allegations.

Weinstein released a statement that said, “I came of age in the 60’s and 70’s, when all the rules about behavior and workplaces were different. That was the culture then, I have since learned it’s not an excuse, in the office – or out of it. To anyone. I realized some time ago that I needed to be a better person and my interactions with the people I work with have changed.”

But contrary to what it may seem like a Mea Culpa, it was also revealed that Weinstein is prepping a lawsuit against The Times.