Harvey Weinstein scandal
The scandal surrounding disgraced Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein burst into the headlines with a New York Times investigation exposing a history of sexual harassment allegations and legal settlements. Weinstein was soon ousted from his company despite his making a desperate plea to fellow industry executives to help save his job.
The following week, more accusers came forward in a New Yorker exposé, including three women who said he raped them.
Hollywood A-listers are now among those speaking out about the scandal.
Click through to see the celebrities who have accused Weinstein of harassment and those who have condemned Weinstein's alleged behavior.
Ashley Judd told the New York Times Weinstein invited her to his hotel room for a meeting in the late 1990s and greeted her in his bathrobe. She said he asked her to watch him shower or let him give her a massage.
The New York Times reported that in 1997, Harvey Weinstein reached a $100,000 settlement with Rose McGowan, who was then 23, after an episode in a hotel room during the Sundance Film Festival. Weinstein said the settlement was not an "admission," but reached to "avoid litigation and buy peace," according to the legal document. McGowan did not comment on the issue in the Times, but she has since gone public with the allegation: "HW raped me."
"Any allegations of non-consensual sex are unequivocally denied by Mr. Weinstein," Weinstein's representative Sallie Hofmeister said.
McGowan has also gone a Twitter crusade to dissolve the Weinstein Company board, and she called out Matt Damon, Ben Affleck and Casey Affleck, who are longtime Weinstein collaborators, for their silence.
Paz de la Huerta
Actress Paz de la Huerta told CBS News' Jericka Duncan that Weinstein raped her twice. In October 2010, de la Huerta said Weinstein offered to drive her home after a party and after offering her drinks, he allegedly forced himself on her. Two months later, she says Weinstein showed up in the lobby of her apartment and they went upstairs. De la Huerta alleges he raped her a second time.
Police say they are investigating the case. The NYPD chief of detectives said on Nov. 3 that if Weinstein lived in New York and if the crime were recent, there's "no doubt" the NYPD would make an arrest.
Angelina Jolie told the New York Times that Weinstein made advances on her in a hotel room in the late 1990s that she rejected.
"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," Ms. Jolie said in an email. "This behavior towards women in any field, any country is unacceptable."
Gwyneth Paltrow told the New York Times that when she was 22, after getting cast in "Emma," Harvey Weinstein put his hands on her and suggested they head to his hotel bedroom for massages. She told the Times she rejected his advances and told then-boyfriend Brad Pitt, who confronted Weinstein. Pitt's rep confirmed the story to the Times.
Lea Seydoux said she once had to fight off Weinstein in a hotel room where he invited her for a drink.
"We were talking on the sofa when he suddenly jumped on me and tried to kiss me," she told the Guardian. "I had to defend myself. He's big and fat, so I had to be forceful to resist him. I left his room, thoroughly disgusted. I wasn't afraid of him, though. Because I knew what kind of man he was all along."
Cara Delevingne wrote on Instagram that Weinstein sexually harassed her when she began acting. She said she was told to go to his hotel room and that he told her to kiss another woman in the room. Then she said he tried to kiss her on the lips before she left the room.
Mira Sorvino said that in 1995, Harvey Weinstein sexually harassed her, massaging her shoulders and "chasing" her around. She also said that Weinstein once showed up at her door after midnight, and left when she told him her boyfriend was coming. Sorvino told the New Yorker that she believes her career has suffered because of the incident.
French actress Judith Godreche told the New York Times that in 1996, Harvey Weinstein asked her for a massage and tried to remove her top. She said she never came forward, explaining, "This is Miramax. You can't say anything."
Ambra Battilana Gutierrez
In 2015, Ambra Battilana Gutierrez, a former Miss Italy finalist, reported that Harvey Weinstein assaulted her to the NYPD. The New Yorker cited an audio recording she made with the help of a police wire wherein Weinstein admitted to groping her. The district attorney's office said there was insufficient evidence to press charges.
Italian actress Asia Argento told the New Yorker that in 1997, Harvey Weinstein forcibly performed oral sex on her after she repeatedly said "no" and that she didn't stop him because she was afraid he would "crush" her.
"I know he has crushed a lot of people before," she said. "That's why this story—in my case, it's twenty years old, some of them are older—has never come out."
Actress Rosanna Arquette told the New Yorker that in the early '90s, Harvey Weinstein greeted her in a hotel in just a bathrobe and put her hand on his genitals. She said after she rejected his advances, her career suffered. She also said she believes she lost at least one role because of the incident.
TV reporter Lauren Sivan detailed an alleged 2007 encounter with Weinstein in a HuffPost report. Sivan, then working at a New York cable channel, Long Island 12, alleged that Weinstein cornered her in the hallway of a Manhattan restaurant closed to the public and masturbated in front of her.
British actress Kate Beckinsale wrote on Instagram that when she was 17, Weinstein greeted her in his bathrobe for a meeting in his hotel room. She says she made up an excuse and left.
"It speaks to the status quo in this business that I was aware that standing up for myself and saying no to things, while it did allow me to feel uncompromised in myself, undoubtedly harmed my career," she wrote.
Jessica Barth said that during a meeting in his hotel room, Weinstein alternated between offering to cast her in a film and demanding a naked massage in bed. She said he asked, "So, what would happen if, say, we're having some champagne and I take my clothes off and you give me a massage?" and she said she would not do that. Then she said as she left, Weinstein told her needed to lose weight "to compete with Mila Kunis."
Heather Graham wrote in Variety that she feels guilty for not speaking up sooner about her experience with Weinstein. She said she avoided a meeting in his hotel in the early 2000s and suspects that's why she didn't get a role. "He didn't explicitly offer a trade — sex for work — even though I knew that was what he was implying," she wrote.
Patricia Arquette, sister of Rosanna Arquette, tweeted, "If there is a way to cure yourself of being a predator than I hope harvey learns what it is & shares it with the world. It's an epidemic." Later, on Twitter, Arquette praised her sister for speaking out.
Oscar-winning actress Lupita Nyong'o wrote about her own experience with Weinstein in a New York Times op-ed a few weeks after the scandal broke. She said she met him when she was a still-unknown drama student at Yale and described how he badgered her into private meetings and once led her into his bedroom when she went to a film screening at his home.
"I felt unsafe. I panicked a little," she wrote. She says she once gave him a massage but refused further advances and feared the impact it might have on her career.
Jennifer Lawrence said she found Harvey Weinstein's alleged behavior "inexcusable and absolutely upsetting." Lawrence, who won an Oscar for the Weinstein-produced "Silver Linings Playbook," said that she was unaware of the alleged conduct. She also thanked the accusers for coming forward.
"I am saddened and angry that a man who I worked with used his position of power to intimidate, sexually harass and manipulate many women over decades," Affleck wrote in a statement about longtime colleague Harvey Weinstein.
Matt Damon said he never saw any predatory behavior from Harvey Weinstein but that the stories have made him sick to his stomach.
Damon told Deadline that change is necessary and overdue and that men have to be part of that. He praised the courage of the women who have spoken out with allegations against Weinstein.
Director Quentin Tarantino, who worked closely with Weinstein on films like "Pulp Fiction" and "Kill Bill," told the New York Times he feels sorry for not speaking up when he heard repeated, detailed accounts about abusive behavior over the years.
"What I did was marginalize the incidents," he said. "Anything I say now will sound like a crappy excuse."
Hillary Clinton, seen here with Weinstein at a 2004 film premiere, issued a statement saying she was "shocked and appalled" by the revelations. Weinstein was a prominent fundraiser for Clinton's 2016 presidential campaign.
"The behavior described by women coming forward cannot be tolerated. Their courage and the support of others is critical in helping to stop this kind of behavior," Clinton said in the statement.
A statement from former President Obama said: "Michelle and I have been disgusted by the recent reports about Harvey Weinstein. Any man who demeans and degrades women in such fashion needs to be condemned and held accountable, regardless of wealth or status. We should celebrate the courage of women who have come forward to tell these painful stories. And we all need to build a culture -- including by empowering our girls and teaching our boys decency and respect -- so we can make such behavior less prevalent in the future."
Weinstein was a prominent donor and fundraiser for the Obama campaign and other Democrats, and the Obamas' daughter Malia had an internship at his company.
In this photo from 2013, Weinstein and Academy Award-winning actress Whoopi Goldberg listen as first lady Michelle Obama speaks at a White House event for high school students about careers in film.
Glenn Close gave a statement to the New York Times about the allegations against Harvey Weinstein and said, "I'm sitting here, deeply upset, acknowledging to myself that, yes, for many years, I have been aware of the vague rumors that Harvey Weinstein had a pattern of behaving inappropriately around women. Harvey has always been decent to me, but now that the rumors are being substantiated, I feel angry and darkly sad."
Actor Seth Rogen said on Twitter, "I believe all the women coming forward about Harvey Weinstein's sexual harassment. It takes bravery to do so."
Michael Keaton tweeted, "H Weinstein -yikes! Disgusting and creepy. So is 'leader of the free world' btw."
Meryl Streep called the reported conduct "disgraceful" in a statement to the Huffington Post and added, "The behavior is inexcusable but the abuse of power familiar." She praised "the intrepid women who raised their voices."
"The way Harvey Weinstein has treated these vulnerable, talented young women is NOT the way women should ever EVER deem to be acceptable or commonplace in ANY workplace," Kate Winslet told Variety. "I fully embrace and salute their profound courage, and I unequivocally support this level of very necessary exposure of someone who has behaved in reprehensible and disgusting ways."
Emma Watson did not call out Harvey Weinstein by name, but as the New Yorker story broke, she tweeted, "I stand with all the women who have been sexually harassed, and am awestruck by their bravery. This mistreatment of women has to stop."
Julianne Moore tweeted, "Coming forward about sexual abuse and coercion is scary and women have nothing to be gained personally by doing so. But through their bravery we move forward as a culture, and I thank them. Stand with @AshleyJudd @rosemcgowan and others."
Lena Dunham tweeted that she was "grateful" for the New York Times report: "Because of them the facts could no longer be denied." She also wrote an opinion piece for the Times and urged the men of Hollywood to speak out against abuse, writing, "Men of Hollywood, what are you sorry for? What will you refuse to accept anymore? What will you say to fill the void and change the standard?"
Amber Tamblyn thanked New York Times reporter Jodi Kantor "for putting in the hard work for women everywhere." She also tweeted her support for Rose McGowan.
Mark Ruffalo tweeted,"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."
Jessica Chastain tweeted that she was "warned from the beginning" about Harvey Weinstein. She tweeted, "The stories were everywhere. To deny that is to create an environment for it to happen again."
George Clooney told the Daily Beast: "It's indefensible. That's the only word you can start with. ... I've known Harvey for 20 years. He gave me my first big break as an actor in films on From Dusk Till Dawn, he gave me my first big break as a director with Confessions of a Dangerous Mind. We've had dinners, we've been on location together, we've had arguments. But I can tell you that I've never seen any of this behavior—ever."
Dame Judi Dench, who starred in numerous Weinstein films, said in a statement, "Whilst there is no doubt that Harvey Weinstein has helped and championed my film career for the past 20 years, I was completely unaware of these offences which are, of course, horrifying and I offer my sympathy to those who have suffered, and wholehearted support to those who have spoken out."
Dench famously once had her makeup artist draw a fake tattoo of Weinstein's name on her butt as a joke.
Judd Apatow tweeted, "What Harvey Weinstein did was abhorrent. He admits he did it. Why should anyone be silent in their disgust and support for his victims?"
Anthony Bourdain, whose girlfriend Asia Argento alleges Harvey Weinstein raped her, has tweeted several times about Weinstein in wake of the scandal. One tweet says, "Can we use the word "rapist" now? #Weinstein"
Kevin Smith tweeted, "He financed the first 14 years of my career -- and now I know while I was profiting, others were in terrible pain. It makes me feel ashamed."
Zoe Kazan tweeted, "In all the discussion re: Weinstein, not seeing enough about *how* & *why* a predator can fly under the radar in an industry for so long."
Benedict Cumberbatch, who's starred in several Weinstein films, said in a statement to The Hollywood Reporter: "I am utterly disgusted by the continuing revelations of Harvey Weinstein's horrifying and unforgivable actions. We need to collectively stand up and support victims of abuse such as the brave and inspiring women who have spoken out against him and say we hear you and believe you."
Charlize Theron told The Hollywood Reporter that she never personally experience harassment from Weinstein but is not surprised by the allegations. She said she supports the accusers.
"The women who have spoken about their abuse are brave and heroic and although I didn't have a personal experience like this with Harvey Weinstein, I unfortunately cannot say I'm surprised," she said in a statement. "This culture has always existed, not just in Hollywood but across the world."
Cate Blanchett said of Weinstein, "Any man in a position of power or authority who thinks it's his prerogative to threaten, intimidate or sexually assault any woman he encounters or works alongside needs to be called to account. It is never easy for a woman to come forward in such situations and I wholeheartedly support those who have."
Leonardo DiCaprio wrote on Facebook,"There is no excuse for sexual harassment or sexual assault — no matter who you are and no matter what profession. I applaud the strength and courage of the women who came forward and made their voices heard."
Seth MacFarlane said his "Ted" colleague Jessica Barth had confided in him that Weinstein harassed her. He said he intentionally made a joke during the 2013 Oscars about Weinstein at his expense. He tweeted, "I couldn't resist the opportunity to take a hard swing in his direction. Make no mistake, this came from a place of loathing and anger. There is nothing more abhorrent and indefensible than abuse of power such as this."