More than 50 women who worked for Harvey Weinstein at his studio say they were sexually harassed by the mogul in his decades-long career.
The women, including a producer and actress, have come forward in the wake of a new book, “The Hunting Ground: The Untold Story of Harvey Weinstein,” which paints a more detailed portrait of Weinstein’s behavior, including accusations of sexual harassment, rape, rape threats, physical and emotional abuse, and even murder.
They include actress Rose McGowan, who says she was raped by Weinstein in a hotel room in London in 1997, and a former producer, Mira Sorvino, who claims Weinstein threatened to kill her in a New York City hotel room.
Amber Leigh, who has worked with Weinstein on projects such as “Beauty and the Beast,” says Weinstein made sexual advances towards her while she was at a casting call in the early 2000s.
“The first time he asked me out, I said yes.
I was like, ‘What?!?’
He goes, ‘Are you a starlet?
You are such a good actress.
Let’s make love.’
And I was very upset,” she told ABC News in a telephone interview.”
I was very uncomfortable and he said, ‘You’ll have to make do, because I have to sleep with you.'”
She says she left Weinstein in the hotel room where she was assaulted and never went back to work.
“It was just a total nightmare.
It was so uncomfortable.
It felt like my entire body was just shaking.
And I said, you can’t do this to me,” she said.
The allegations include accusations of rape, physical abuse, harassment and rape threats.
Alfred Molina, the former head of the studio, said in a statement to ABC News that Weinstein had been the subject of a “massive smear campaign” since the book was published.
“He has been accused of many things and he denies all of them.
But the truth is that he has had to endure a massive smear campaign to protect his reputation,” Molina said.”
At a time when women have become emboldened to come forward and say that men in Hollywood routinely assault them, it is a terrible situation for Mr. Weinstein.
He should be ashamed of himself.”
Harvey Weinstein, right, is shown in this undated handout photo by his lawyers, Marc Kasowitz and Michael Cohen.
Associated Press writers Jill Colvin in Los Angeles and Brian Stelter in Washington contributed to this report.ABC News’ Jill Colvins and Brian Steigerwald contributed to a version of this report published Monday, February 20, 2020.