& # 39; He put his hand on my neck … He started touching himself under his shirt behind me, & # 39; said Erica Rosenbaum. & # 39; Although my heart was beating and I thought I was in a dangerous place, I stayed because I thought leaving would be worse. & # 39;
& # 39; The way he overwhelmed me has left me no way out, & # 39; said Paz de la Huerta. & # 39; I didn't go to the police because I was terrified that he would destroy me. & # 39;
& # 39; He just pushed and pushed and then he just said … you know he's huge, I weigh about 100 pounds. I just thought that if I kept my mouth shut, it would be over in a few minutes, & said Hope & Amore.
These are just some of the disturbing details revealed by the victims of the shamed Hollywood producer in a new BBC documentary broadcast Sunday night entitled Untouchable: The Rise and Fall of Harvey Weinstein.
Told by extensive interviews with the victims of Weinstein, former colleagues & # 39; s and journalists, the documentary tells how the former filmmol ruthlessly threatened women and his power as & # 39; starmaker & # 39; abused throughout his career that began when he worked as a music promoter in Buffalo, New York.
A new documentary, Untouchable: The Rise and Fall of Harvey Weinstein, broadcast on BBC Two Sunday, begins when the former film magnate was a music promoter in Buffalo, New York in the late 1970s. Hope d & # 39; Amore studied philosophy at the University of Buffalo when she met Weinstein in 1978. Weinstein told her that he and his Bob were about to start an independent film studio called Miramax, named after their parents. Above, Bob Weinstein, left, and Harvey Weinstein in New York City in 1989
Hope D & Amore said that Weinstein invited her to New York City in 1978 and that they were staying in a hotel near Central Park. There was a & # 39; error & # 39; and they should share a room. For a new documentary, d & # 39; Amore remembered how he got into bed naked with her. & # 39; He first tried cajolizing. Do you really want to make me an enemy for five minutes of your time? He just pushed and pushed and pushed. He is huge, & she said, shaking her head. & # 39; I don't know how to explain it. I just thought that if I kept my mouth shut, it would be over in a few minutes … But I said no and I pushed him away – more than once and then I just stopped. I was so scared. & # 39; Above, Bob Weinstein, left in glasses, and Harvey Weinstein, in their Miramax offices with staff in 1989
When Hope & Amore returned to Buffalo, she said she didn't tell anyone what happened because Weinstein, a music promoter, had influence and money. In a new documentary, Untouchable: The Rise and Fall of Harvey Weinstein, photos by Weinstein show him with Frank Sinatra, Mick Jagger, the Grateful Dead and OJ Simpson. & # 39; It's the collateral damage, & # 39; she said during the documentary. & # 39; But it has to do with relationships with people you love and they don't know why. It steals something. & # 39; Above Harvey Weinstein in the office of Miramax in 1989
Harvey Weinstein founded the independent studio Miramax together with his brother Bob. Three films contributed to Miramax becoming a Hollywood powerhouse in the late 1980s and early 1990s: Sex, Lies and Videotape, Cinema Paradiso and My Left Foot. An assistant to Bob Weinstein said that those films have changed everything. & # 39; Then we were the sh **, excuse my French, & # 39; she said during a new documentary broadcast on BBC Two on Sunday. Above Harvey Weinstein in feast for the 1994 film Siren
Music was small beans for the Weinstein brothers, who both grew up in childhood in a rent-stabilized apartment in Queens, New York. In 1979 they founded an independent film company, Miramax, named after their parents, Miriam and Max.
Hope d & Amore was invited by Weinstein to participate in a Miramax business trip to New York City, assuming they would be staying in separate rooms. Once arrived at their hotel to check in, Weinstein pretended that a mistake had been made in the reservation process, leaving them with only one room to share.
& # 39; The worst thing I thought he would do would be to claim that he would have slept with me if he hadn't, & # 39; said d & # 39; Amore.
But when they entered the room, she said that Weinstein had forced herself on her. When she recoiled, he said: & Do you really want to make me an enemy five minutes of your time? & # 39; D & # 39; Amore finally gave up. & # 39; He just pushed and pushed … I just thought that if I shut up, it'll be over in a few minutes. & # 39;
D & # 39; Amore struggles to stop tears and turns away from the camera and explains: & # 39; It is the additional damage it causes to relationships with friends and people you love and they don't know why & # 39;
Hope d & # 39; Amore would not be the last of Weinstein's victim and her harrowing experience would seem eerie to dozens of women in the coming years.
Jack Lechner was hired as head of development at Miramax in the 1980s. He told the filmmakers: I remember meeting me and thinking that this person cannot exist, he is just such a caricature of a Hollywood mogul. As a child I remember reading about moguls such as Harry Cohn and Louis B Mayer and I loved working for one of those people. & # 39;
Like many other employees who have worked with Weinstein at Miramax, Lechner has been struggling for years with a man he already knew: & I feel so conflicted about my experience with Harvey, my life is better because I am with Harvey Weinstein have worked, those of us who have worked on the Harvey train have benefited greatly. We were taken to all kinds of great places and were allowed to do great things. & # 39;
Very quickly, Miramax turned into a juggernaut who made films. The Weinsteins had a talent for choosing films that became blockbuster sensations and they were the center of New York City's social nightlife. Harvey Weinstein became known for his mood and vitriolic outburst among his employees.
& # 39; He was an overlord who lived by the most cruel methods of instilling fear & # 39 ;, said Mark Gill, president of Miramax. But he admitted: & # 39; Anger and impulsivity and abuse of power are inextricably linked to genius – that is tragedy. & # 39;
Very quickly, Miramax turned into a juggernaut who made films. The Weinsteins had a talent for choosing films that became blockbuster sensations, and Harvey Weinstein was the center of New York City's social nightlife. Harvey Weinstein was one of the first to campaign for Oscars and his films won prize after prize. Above Gwyneth Paltrow and Harvey Weinstein at the 1998 Oscars. Paltrow won for her role as Viola de Lesseps in Shakespeare in Love, which Weinstein produced. Paltrow later accused Weinstein of sexual harassment
At Miramax, Harvey Weinstein became known for his mood and vitriolic outburst among his employees. & # 39; He was an overlord who lived by the most cruel methods of instilling fear & # 39 ;, said Mark Gill, who was president of Miramax, in a new documentary, Untouchable: The Rise and Fall of Harvey Weinstein. But he admitted: & # 39; Anger and impulsivity and abuse of power are inextricably linked to genius – that is tragedy. & # 39; Above, Harvey Weinstein with Mick Jagger in 1996. The documentary shows a photo of the couple when Weinstein was a music promoter in Buffalo
Harvey Weinstein donated to charities and candidates. Weinstein raised money for Hillary Clinton during her 2016 presidential campaign. After The New York Times reported the allegations of sexual violence, Clinton told the BBC that she was & # 39; shocked and upset & # 39; Variety reported. Above Clinton and Weinstein at the premiere of Finding Neverland, which was released in 2004, in Brooklyn
& # 39; Everyone knew Harvey was cheating on his wife & # 39 ;, said the former Weinstein's assistant, everyone & # 39; just assumed it & # 39; that young and ambitious actresses chose to sleep with Weinstein because of the power of & # 39; making stars & # 39 ;.
& # 39; If you are Harvey and you are a fat boy from Queens with sudden power, then I don't have to imagine looking at Lana Turner and Ava Gardner, maybe I can just have sex with them & # 39 ;, said Ken Auletta, who wrote a 2002 profile on Weinstein for The New Yorker. & # 39; He was interested in power and abuse of power. & # 39;
Erica Rosenbaum was a big-eyed actress who wanted to find her position in Tinsel Town when she sat next to Weinstein at a Hollywood dinner. & # 39; I really believed I saw this genius who could just see the next Gwyneth Paltrow, & # 39; she remembered during the documentary.
Later that evening, Weinstein invited Rosenbaum back to his hotel room to continue the conversation. & # 39; I knew there was a risk, but I also knew that if you are young and hopeful and you try to make it in a seemingly impossible industry – you say yes, & # 39; Rosenbaum explained. Like all its other victims, it started with a massage. Rosenbaum admitted but refused to continue. & # 39; I thought he would help me, I wanted to believe that. & # 39;
Journalist Andrew Goldman told a moving story about the time that Weinstein got him into trouble at an exclusive party in New York City. Goldman covered the event for the New York Observer with his then girlfriend, Rebecca Traister, also a journalist. Things broke apart between Weinstein and Traister after she had asked him a question about his adaptation of Othello that he didn't like.
& # 39; Suddenly I hear him screaming at his lungs, & # 39; who allowed this party? & # 39;
In the documentary, Goldman plays a recording of the conversation he had with Weinstein that evening, while trying to obtain an apology on behalf of his girlfriend.
Weinstein replied: & # 39; I'm glad I am the sheriff of this sh ** a ** f ***** g city. & # 39;
Thousands of paparazzi flashes broke the tense moment, and Goldman was convinced that it would be news on the front page the next morning, but Traister said: & # 39; I have never seen a photo of that night. & # 39;
Years after the traumatic incident, Traister reflected on Weinstein and his circle of powerful feminist friends. As a huge donor to Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign in 2016, he was photographed in photos with Clinton and her associates. & # 39; I looked at him with all these powerful feminist women and thought: & # 39; you use your money to protect yourself, position yourself as a feminist, position yourself as an ally for powerful women, this is all part of what your deal is and how you managed to suppress it. & # 39; & # 39;
In May 2018, Weinstein applied herself to the NYCD & # 39; s first district in Tribeca. There were cameras when Weinstein walked into the station with books. After being arrested for charges including rape, he was released on a bail of $ 1 million. Weinstein does not plead guilty of counts of rape and criminal sexual acts, two separate incidents involving two different women. Upstairs, Weinstein leaves the New York Supreme Court on July 11 with his new legal team. The lawsuit is scheduled to begin on September 9
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