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Westport Filmmaker Harvey Weinstein Accused Of Rape In New Yorker Exposé

More accusations of sexual harassment have been made about Academy Award-wining movie producer Harvey Weinstein.
More accusations of sexual harassment have been made about Academy Award-wining movie producer Harvey Weinstein. Photo Credit: Wikimedia Commons

WESTPORT, Conn. — Three actresses have come forward saying that movie producer Harvey Weinstein, who has a home in Westport, sexually assaulted them, according to a scathing article in the New Yorker written by Ronan Farrow.  

"In a 10-month investigation, 13 women told me Harvey Weinstein sexually harassed or assaulted them. 3 allege rape," Farrow, the son of actress Mia Farrow, said via Twitter to summarize the article. 

The latest accusations came just days after a blistering story from the New York Times described decades of sexual harassment by Weinstein, waged against actresses and employees.

The New Yorker article, published Tuesday, detailed the allegations of rape along with more allegations of sexual harassment. Actress Asia Argento and onetime aspiring actress Lucia Evans said Weinstein forced himself on them sexually, and a third woman spoke anonymously to the New Yorker.

The article also includes an audio recording from 2015 during a New York Police Department operation in which Weinstein admits to groping a model.

The New York Times published a follow-up article Tuesday as well, in which Academy Award winners Gwyneth Paltrow and Angelina Jolie said Weinstein also harassed them.

Weinstein, who won an Academy Award for producing "Shakespeare in Love" and earned hundreds of nominations for his company's films, was fired by the Weinstein Co.'s board of directors on Sunday, leaving control to his brother, Bob Weinstein, and chief operating officer David Glasser.

The New York Times detailed nearly three decades of sexual harassment complaints, cases and settlements involving Weinstein.

The story includes interviews with many current and former employees from Miramax and the Weinstein Co. Weinstein is accused of sexual harassment, inappropriate behavior and unwanted physical contact with employees and actresses, including Ashley Judd and Rose McGowan. The story says he has paid money to settle cases with at least eight women over the years.

Weinstein has offices in Tribeca and lives mostly in Manhattan, but he is known to conduct business from hotels around the world, where many of the incidents occurred the New York Times story says. 

In 2012, Weinstein hosted a glitzy $35,800 per person fundraiser at his home on Beachside Avenue in Westport for then-President Barack Obama's re-election campaign.

Westport does not appear in the story, and the Westport Police Department told the Westport News that it has never received a complaint about Weinstein nor investigated him.   

In a statement to Times, Weinstein says, in part, "I appreciate the way I've behaved with colleagues in the past has caused a lot of pain, and I sincerely apologize for it." 

Click here for the story at the New Yorker. 

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