Audio: Harvey Weinstein admits to groping a model in NYPD sting
Last week’s bombshell New York Times report on the sexual misconduct of Harvey Weinstein was enough to end his career. Now the New Yorker on Tuesday ran their opus on the subject, revealing even more damning accusations. The report, which Ronan Farrow has been investigating for 10 months, found 13 women who alleged Weinstein sexually assaulted them between the 1990s and 2015; three of them said Weinstein raped them by forcibly performing oral sex and forcing vaginal sex.
Italian film actress Asia Argento told Farrow that Weinstein forcibly performed oral sex on her, and she didn’t speak out until now out of fear that the film executive would “crush” her.
“I know he has crushed a lot of people before. That’s why this story — in my case, it’s 20 years old, some of them are older — has never come out.”
The New Yorker story includes secretly recorded audio during this NYPD sting operation in 2015 and made public for the first time in which Weinstein admits to groping a model. “I’m used to that,” Weinstein said when the woman said he touched her briefs.
Perhaps even more damning than the NYT story, the New Yorker reveals that Weinstein’s behavior was widely known around his company but no one took action on it:
Sixteen former and current executives and assistants at Weinstein’s companies told me that they witnessed or had knowledge of unwanted sexual advances and touching at events associated with Weinstein’s films and in the workplace. They and others describe a pattern of professional meetings that were little more than thin pretexts for sexual advances on young actresses and models. All sixteen said that the behavior was widely known within both Miramax and the Weinstein Company. Messages sent by Irwin Reiter, a senior company executive, to Emily Nestor, one of the women who alleged that she was harassed at the company, described the “mistreatment of women” as a serial problem that the Weinstein Company was struggling with in recent years.
Mira Sorvino, Rosanna Arquette and other actresses told Farrow they believed they were removed from projects after rejecting Weinstein’s advances.
The New Yorker piece profiles several of the women Weinstein allegedly assaulted, including actress Sorvino, who said Weinstein chased her around and tried to get physical when he was married. A lot of the stories are similar: Weinstein brought them to a hotel room under professional pretexts and then forced himself on the woman.
Farrow also details part of the reason Weinstein got away with it for so long: protection by other powerful men, including the Manhattan district attorney, who declined to press charges.
“We had the evidence,” a police source told Farrow. “It’s a case that made me angrier than I thought possible, and I have been on the force a long time.”