Published: Tue, October 31, 2017
Entertaiment | By Paul Elliott

Harvey Weinstein: New Sexual Assault Allegations Date Back To 1970s

Harvey Weinstein: New Sexual Assault Allegations Date Back To 1970s

Hope Exiner d'Amore and three other women - Ashley Matthau, Lacey Dorn and Cynthia Burr - spoke with The New York Times about their previously unreported experiences with Weinstein, adding their names to the growing number of accusers and widening the timeframe of his alleged abuse. "They wouldn't look me in the eye", she recalled.

The initial Times piece suggested McGowan reached a $100,000 settlement with Weinstein following an incident in a hotel room during the 1997 Sundance Film Festival in Utah.

McGowan told attendees, "I have been silenced for 20 years". "He just kept coming at me with all this other stuff".

"He shoved me onto the bed, and he got on top of me" and "attempted to perform oral sex on me", she said.

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Judd recalled how she had to negotiate with Weinstein to get out of his hotel room and away from his harassment. She was sacked within the month, she said.

"This has haunted me my entire life", Exiner d'Amore, now 62, told the paper. After audio emerged from 2005 of Trump bragging about non-consensual kissing and grabbing women - Coulter said her "locker room talk" was better than his. "I knocked and cried", she remembers accusing Harvey Weinstein of him to have hung his hands above his head and raping her before trying to give him a blowjob.

Burr also claimed Weinstein assaulted her in the late '70s, when she was a young actress in her early 20s and he was a "real up-and-comer" promoter in his mid-20s. When Weinstein learned that she had an interest in film, she was invited and agreed to come to New York City to meet with some people in the industry.

"It was just him and me alone", said Burr, who, like Weinstein, was in her 20s at the time. "I was fearful I didn't have the wherewithal to get away". "The way he forced me made me feel really bad about myself".

"He had the capacity to make your career", she said of the director. "Nobody would have believed me".

Matthau met Weinstein decades later in 2004 in Puerto Rico where she had booked a job on his company's production of Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights.

But in the months to come, McGowan did not feel supported by her management team. She refused but after a break from filming he told her to go and get into his auto, telling her not to worry and that they were only going to discuss other projects.

"I kept telling him, 'Stop, I'm engaged, ' but he kept saying: 'It's just a little cuddling".

Weinstein wouldn't take no for an answer.

Matthau said Weinstein pushed her onto the bed, groped her breasts and straddled her naked while he masturbated. "It's not like we're having sex'". Days later, her fiance, Charles, convinced her to hire attorney John S. West, a partner in Gloria Allred's law firm.

She claims she went back and asked for $6 million, but her lawyer urged her to pull the offer.

In the wake of that bravery, other victims and Weinstein's own employees have spoken out as well, despite also signing NDAs.

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