Harvey Weinstein, You Didn’t Win

CHRISTOPHER SANDERS

STAFF WRITER

Harvey Weinstein has been regarded as a great American lm producer who co-founded Miramax; the entertainment company that has produced several popular independent films. Recently, his image has been called into question.

Harvey Weinstein’s alleged sexual actions against women goes back to the 1970s,
when he has been accused of raping Hope Exiner d’Amore, an employee of Weinstein’s company, in her hotel room and continued to do so for years. Cynthia Burr, an actress known for her roles in “Scarface”, “Lethal Weapon 2” and the “Altered States”, has claimed she was assaulted by Weinstein.

The encounter is said to have begun in an elevator and ended with him raping her in the hallway. Ashley Matthau, a dancer with a small part in one of Weinstein’s movies, alleged that in 2004, he pushed her down on a bed and masturbated while straddling her. Days later, she said, he paid her to remain silent.

The allegations do not end here.

Several women from different places, elds, and generations have come forward with allegations of rape, sexual assault and inappropriate physical behavior. Lupita Nyong’o, the lead actress in “12 Years a Slave,” also felt disgusted by the actions of Harvey Weinstein.

Weinstein has won awards and has become more and more famous because of his movies, while these alleged assaulted women are left to suffer from the pain he allegedly in inflicted on them.

PHOTO CREDIT: ADAM PECK, ASSOCIATED PRESS

Collectively, the accounts provide a widening tally of alleged abuse accusations and illustrate the toll on women; many of whom say they felt ashamed and isolated as they watched the Hollywood producer walk red carpets, collect Oscars and showcase his relationships to prominent figures.

In an interview with The New York Times, Ms. Exiner d’Amore, now 62, who was in her early 20s at the time of her alleged rape stated, “This has haunted me my entire life.”

Hope Exiner d’Amore and three other women—Ashley Matthau, Lacey Dorn, and Cynthia Burr spoke to the New York Times describing Harvey Weinstein’s actions as inappropriate and unrelenting. Some said that he used the pretext of work to lure them to hotels, that he touched them or forced them to do unwanted sexual activities and that he wouldn’t stop even when they said no.

The New York Police Department is conducting a wide-ranging investigation of allegations against Weinstein. Detectives with expertise in old cases are reviewing complaints that have come through the department’s hotline.

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