Posted: October 11, 2017
By Jennifer Brett, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Designer Donna Karan issued an apology after prompting outrage with comments calling disgraced Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein “wonderful” and wondering whether women are “asking for it" because of how they present themselves.
In a statement released to the Hollywood Reporter and other outlets, Karan said: “I made a statement that unfortunately is not representative of how I feel or what I believe,” she said, also saying her comments were “taken out of context.”
“I am truly sorry to anyone that I offended and everyone that has ever been a victim," she said.
It’s probably safe to bet there’s a zero percent chance of spotting Karan’s designs strolling down the next red carpet, judging from the swift reaction her comments provoked:
Donna Karan Spring 2018 Collection pic.twitter.com/iVWHU1VoI0— Lincoln's Bible (@LincolnsBible) October 10, 2017
Hey ladies, be careful if you're wearing Donna Karan's designs.— MsDumbNerd (@MsDumbNerd) October 10, 2017
You're just asking for it! pic.twitter.com/zKOCq4ADCs
Weinstein was fired from his own film company days after an explosive New York Times report detailing allegations of sexual assault going back three decades.
Since the article ran, a former New York waitress posted her recollections of Weinstein’s behavior during the time she dealt him on the job, and a reporter revealed a disturbing encounter she was allegedly forced to endure:
Yeah. This happened luckily I didn't need a job or favor from him + didn't have to be polite. Others did. Keep that in mind. https://t.co/mXs2RIU5kU— Lauren Sivan (@LaurenSivan) October 7, 2017
The Weinstein report has sparked condemnations from Hollywood – but silence persists in many quarters:
To be clear what Harvey Weinstein did was a disgusting abuse of power and horrible. I hope we are now seeing the beginning of the end of these abuses.— Mark Ruffalo (@MarkRuffalo) October 8, 2017
I believe all the women coming forward about Harvey Weinstein's sexual harassment. It takes bravery to do so.— Seth Rogen (@Sethrogen) October 7, 2017
Harvey Weinstein’s wife of 10 years, Marchesa designer Georgina Chapman, is leaving him amid continuing sexual harassment allegations against the producer.
People reported that the decision comes as more women continue to come forward alleging decades of sexual harassment by Weinstein, 65.
“My heart breaks for all the women who have suffered tremendous pain because of these unforgivable actions. I have chosen to leave my husband,” Chapman said in a statement to People. “Caring for my young children is my first priority and I ask the media for privacy at this time.”
The New York Times reported Thursday that, over decades, Weinstein reached eight settlements with women who accused him of unwanted physical contact and sexual assault.
On Tuesday, Gwyneth Paltrow and Angelina Jolie both came forward, sharing their own experiences with Weinstein, saying that the powerful movie producer sexually harassed them. Three other women have accused Weinstein of rape, according to a report from The New Yorker.
Weinstein and Chapman are parents to India Pearl, 7, and Dashiell Max Robert, 4.
On Friday, Weinstein told The Daily Mail that his family was sticking by his side.
“I have had tough conversations with my family -- really tough ones -- but my family is standing with me,” he said. “I have a journey and I have to prove to every person that’s out there that I’m worthy of them and I have to prove to my family the same thing.
“This is going to be a journey, a lonely journey, but a journey where my wife and kids couldn’t be stronger and couldn’t be standing behind me more.”
UPDATE, Nov. 10:
People reported Wednesday that Terry Crews has filed a police report after he said a “high level Hollywood executive” groped him at a 2016 event.
Crews told TMZ cameras as he walked out of Los Angeles Police Department’s Hollywood Division on Wednesday that he filed the report and plans to file a lawsuit.
“People have to be held accountable, he said. Of plans to file a suit, he said, “We’re going to go all the way.”
ORIGINAL STORY Oct. 10:
Actor and former NFL linebacker Terry Crews came forward on Twitter that an unnamed “Hollywood executive” groped him last year at an event.
The actor shared the incident in a series of candid tweets in an effort to “deter a predator and encourage someone who feels hopeless.”
Crews’s message comes after several women came forward, accusing film producer Harvey Weinstein of forcing them into sexual acts. The complaints span decades against the Miramax co-founder. Weinstein acknowledged the accusations in a statement to the New York Times and vowed to “deal with this issue head on.”
Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was "shocked and appalled" by allegations of sexual harassment and assault lobbed in recent days against Hollywood mogul and long-time Democratic Party donor Harvey Weinstein.
Several women, including some of Hollywood’s most well-known actresses, have come forward with allegations of sexual harassment against Weinstein since The New York Times detailed in a report last week decades of accusations made against the film producer.
Actresses Angelina Jolie and Gwyneth Paltrow told the Times on Tuesday that they were sexually harassed in separate occasions by Weinstein. Three women, including Italian actress Asian Argento, accused Weinstein of rape in an expose published Tuesday by The New Yorker.
"The behavior described by women coming forward cannot be tolerated,” Clinton said Tuesday in a statement. “Their courage and the support of others is critical in helping to stop this kind of behavior."
Weinstein has been a major Democratic Party donor. He and his family has given more than $1.4 million in political contributions since the 1992 election cycle. The explosive report by The New York Times last week and subsequent stories have forced congressional Democrats to give thousands of dollars in donations they received from Weinstein to charities.
Clinton did not mention donations in her statement.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
Actresses Gwyneth Paltrow and Angelina Jolie on Tuesday joined the growing list of women who claim Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein sexually harassed them.
Paltrow told The New York Times that she was 22 when Weinstein put his hands on her during a private meeting in his hotel suite, where he ignored work and instead suggested they get massages in his bedroom. Paltrow told the newspaper that she was “a kid” and “petrified” by the powerful movie producer. Paltrow’s then-boyfriend Brad Pitt confirmed to the Times through a representative that he once confronted Weinstein and told him to never touch Paltrow again.
In an email to The New York Times, Jolie offered a similar tale.
“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,” Jolie wrote. “This behavior towards women in any field, any country is unacceptable.”
Other actresses, such as Ashley Judd, Rosanna Arquette, Asia Argento and Rose McGowan, are among the many women who have alleged that Weinstein acted inappropriately toward them.
A piece in the New Yorker details how several women have accused Weinstein of rape. Writer Ronan Farrow detailed how Weinstein’s alleged behavior became an “open secret” in Hollywood.
“For more than 20 years, Weinstein has … been trailed by rumors of sexual harassment and assault,” Farrow wrote. “This has been an open secret to many in Hollywood and beyond, but previous attempts by many publications, including The New Yorker, to investigate and publish the story over the years fell short of the demands of journalistic evidence.”
In the days following the report in the New York Times, Weinstein was fired by the board of directors at his production company. The once-powerful film producer has said he will seek counseling.
Three women accused film producer Harvey Weinstein of forcing them into sexual acts in an expose published Tuesday -- accusations that the Hollywood giant denied in a statement through one of his representatives.
The allegations came to light just days after The New York Times detailed complaints of sexual harassment spanning decades against the Miramax co-founder. Weinstein acknowledged the accusations in a statement to the newspaper last week and vowed to “deal with this issue head on.”
In a report published Tuesday by The New Yorker, former aspiring actress Lucia Evans, Italian actress Asia Argento and a woman who was not identified told the magazine that they were forced into sexual acts with Weinstein. Evans told the magazine that she was assaulted by Weinstein in 2004, while Argento said she was assaulted in 1997. The New Yorker did not say when the third alleged attack took place.
In a statement issued to The New Yorker, a spokeswoman for Weinstein, Sallie Hofmeister, denied the accusations.
“Any allegations of non-consensual sex are unequivocally denied by Mr. Weinstein,” she said. “Mr. Weinstein obviously can’t speak to anonymous allegations, but with respect to any women who have made allegations on the record, Mr. Weinstein believes that all of these relationships were consensual. Mr. Weinstein has begun counseling, has listened to the community and is pursuing a better path. Mr. Weinstein is hoping that, if he makes enough progress, he will be given a second chance.”
Actresses Mira Sorvino and Rosanna Arquette told The New Yorker that they suspected that Weinstein kept them from working in Hollywood after they rejected his advances. Hofmeister denied the allegation.
Four women, including Filipina-Italian model Ambra Battilana Gutierrez, told The New Yorker that Weinstein touched them inappropriately in a way that could be construed as assault.
Guitierrez said she went to the New York Police Department after Weinstein groped her in 2015, according to The New Yorker. He admitted to grabbing her without consent in an audio recording taken by the model for police, but no charges were filed against Weinstein.
Weinstein was ousted from his position with The Weinstein Company on Sunday amid fallout from the sexual harassment allegations uncovered by The New York Times. Multiple celebrities have come out in support of Weinstein’s accusers in the wake of the report.
New York Times reporter Sharon Waxman says she had a story prepared about former Miramax executive Harvey Weinstein’s alleged sexual abuse and misconduct, but the paper gutted her piece in 2004 under pressure from Weinstein himself and other celebrities, she wrote in The Wrap.
Waxman adds that the story was killed after “intense pressure from Weinstein, which included having Matt Damon and Russell Crowe call [her] directly” to vouch for a Miramax Italy employee who she says oversaw the hiring of women to fulfill Harvey Weinstein’s “needs” while traveling.
“I was told at the time that Weinstein had visited the newsroom in person to make his displeasure known. I knew he was a major advertiser in the Times,” wrote Waxman. “But I had the facts, and this was the Times. Right?”
Not quite. She says the story was “gutted” under pressure and “buried” in the paper’s Culture section once it finally made the light of day. The story’s main thrust, she says, was about the firing of Fabrizio Lombardo of Miramax Italy, the man responsible for handling Weinstein’s “needs” who allegedly drew a salary of around $400,000 per year.
Waxman says she had “multiple” people telling her on-record that Lombardo had “no film experience” but regularly hosted evening gatherings with “Russian escorts.”
Weinstein was fired from the company bearing his name Sunday, the remaining board members of the Weinstein Company announced. Other board members departed before Weinstein was fired but after the New York Times piece was released, according to CNN.
Amid sexual harassment allegations against Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein, Kathie Lee Gifford, of “Today,” said that she experienced sexual harassment by a television producer when she was 21.
Gifford and co-host Hoda Kotb were speaking about an interview Megyn Kelly conducted with journalist Lauren Sivan when Gifford opened up about her own experience. Sivan accused Weinstein of masturbating in front of her without her permission. Gifford related to the experience by sharing her own story of harassment.
She told the audience that a television producer, whom she did not name, invited her to his home, which led her to endure a similar situation to the one Sivan alleges, reports The Hollywood Reporter.
“I learned from that, boy. I felt grateful I got out of there without being raped,” she added. “When you’re so demeaned, you feel dirty and so stupid. I thought, ‘Kathie, idiot. Never go to somebody’s house.’ I was 21 years old.”
Gifford also spoke of the allegations against Weinstein, with whom she’s been friends for a long time:
I never saw any of this. I’m not saying it didn’t happen. I’m just saying I know a different man, just like I did with Bill Cosby. So it’s very upsetting to me on a personal level. This is a man I considered a friend. I feel for his family, and I feel for him. It’s also upsetting for me as a woman that this kind of behavior is real, and no one ever thinks it’s going to catch up with them.
The actress slammed Weinstein in a statement to the Huffington Post on Monday.
“The disgraceful news about Harvey Weinstein has appalled those of us whose work he championed, and those whose good and worthy causes he supported,” she told the publication. “The intrepid women who raised their voices to expose this abuse are our heroes.”
She continued, “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,” she said. “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,” the actress stated. “Each brave voice that is raised, heard and credited by our watchdog media will ultimately change the game.”
Ashley Judd is among the accusers and claims that Weinstein invited her to the Peninsula beverly Hills Hotel 20 years ago for what she thought was a breakfast meeting. When she arrived, she claimed that he invited her to his room, where he opened the door wearing a bathrobe, offered her a massage and asked her to watch him shower.
Filmmaker Harvey Weinstein was fired Sunday from The Weinstein Company after new information about his conduct was revealed.
Weinstein took a leave of absence Thursday after allegations of decades of sexual abuse were brought to light in a New York Times story.
The movie production company’s board of directors decided to fire Weinstein Sunday mentioning new information but did not provide further details.
“In light of new information about misconduct by Harvey Weinstein that has emerged in the past few days, the directors of the Weinstein Company have determined, and have informed Harvey Weinstein, that his employment with The Weinstein Company is terminated, effective immediately.”
A spokesperson for The Weinstein Company declined to provide details on Weinstein's firing.
An attorney for Weinstein didn't immediately comment to The Associated Press Sunday.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
UPDATE: Hollywood producer and studio executive Harvey Weinstein will be suspended from The Weinstein Co. pending an investigation of sex harassment claims, The Associated Press reported Friday. Weinstein had already announced he was taking a leave of absence.
Read the original report below.
Weinstein made unwanted sexual advances on actress Ashley Judd decades ago, according to her recent bombshell, on-the-record interview with The New York Times.
According to Judd, Weinstein invited her to the Peninsula Beverly Hills hotel 20 years ago for what Judd thought was a professional breakfast meeting. But the Hollywood mogul sent her up to his room instead and when she got there, he was wearing a bathrobe. He offered her a massage and asked her if she wanted to watch him take a shower.
“How do I get out of the room as fast as possible without alienating Harvey Weinstein?” Judd, who was filming “Kiss the Girls” at the time, said she remembers thinking. “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.”
Judd escaped the room by joking that she would have to win an Oscar in one of Weinstein’s films first if he wanted to touch her. She said she felt “panicky, trapped” during the incident and detailed it in 2015 without revealing Weinstein’s name, saying, “I was sexually harassed by one of our industry’s most famous, admired-slash-rivaled bosses … He was very stealth and expert about it. He groomed me.”
“Women have been talking about Harvey amongst ourselves for a long time, and it’s simply beyond time to have the conversation publicly,” Judd said. The report included interviews with several other woman, ranging from their early 20s to late 40s, all of whom recounted similar interactions with Weinstein over multiple decades.
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