Multiple women are now coming forward and accusing Harvey Weinstein of rape, according to The New Yorker Magazine.
The bombshell allegations continue to unfold, as multiple actresses have come forward claiming Weinstein forced them to perform sexual acts.
In a statement sent to CNN, a spokesperson for Weinstein denied the rape allegations.
“Any allegations of non-consensual sex are unequivocally denied by Mr. Weinstein,” the statement read. “Mr. Weinstein has further confirmed that there were never any acts of retaliation against any women for refusing his advances.”
Actresses Gwyneth Paltrow and Angelina Jolie say movie producer Harvey Weinstein sexually harassed them early in their careers, according to The New York Times.
The Times on Tuesday reported that actresses Rosanna Arquette and Judith Godreche have also joined the chorus of people accusing Weinstein of sexual harassment.
Paltrow told The Times that Weinstein hired her when she was 22-years-old to play the lead in Emma, a 1996 adaptation of Jane Austen’s novel.
Weinstein then asked Paltrow to come to his suite at the Peninsula Beverly Hills hotel for a work meeting before shooting began.
The meeting began uneventfully, according to Paltrow, before Weinstein placed his hands on her and suggested they move to a bedroom for massages.
“I was a kid, I was signed up, I was petrified,” she said of the incident with the man who helped start her career.
Paltrow said she refused Weinstein’s advances and then confided in her then-boyfriend, actor Brad Pitt, about the experience.
Pitt confronted Weinstein, and he later told Paltrow not to tell anyone else about his advances to her.
“I thought he was going to fire me,” she said. “He screamed at me for a long time. It was brutal.”
“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.”
Jolie, meanwhile, said that Weinstein made unwanted advances on her in a hotel room during the release of Playing by Heart in the 1990s.
“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,” she said in an email.
“This behavior towards women in any field, any country is unacceptable,” Jolie added, noting she rejected Weinstein’s advances.
Some Twitter users on Tuesday expressed shock at Paltrow, Jolie and others publicly discussing Weinstein’s past behavior.
This feels like a big moment. If Gwyneth Paltrow can talk about being sexually harassed, it erases the stigma for so many others.— Ramin Setoodeh (@RaminSetoodeh) October 10, 2017
The fact that Gwyneth Paltrow, who’s from a VERY NOTABLE Hollywood family was afraid to speak out tells you everything you need to know.— emily! collins! (@emmmycollins) October 10, 2017
Sallie Hofmeister, Weinstein’s spokeswoman, on Tuesday released a statement responding to the latest accusations against him.
“Any allegations of non-consensual sex are unequivocally denied by Mr. Weinstein,” she said.
“Mr. Weinstein has further confirmed that there were never any acts of retaliation against any women for refusing his advances,” Hofmeister added.
The Weinstein Company on Sunday announced that Weinstein’s position as co-chairman had been terminated following the allegations against him.
The Times last week published an expose detailing sexual harassment allegations against Weinstein stretching back several decades.
The accusations came from of Weinstein’s former staffers, as well as other actresses including Ashley Judd and Rose McGowan.