The New Yorker published a blockbuster report on Tuesday further detailing years of alleged sexual harassment and adding new accusations of outright sexual assault by Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein.
Ronan Farrow wrote that, over the course of a 10-month investigation, he “was told by thirteen women that, between the nineteen-nineties and 2015, Weinstein sexually harassed or assaulted them…”
More from Farrow:
Three women—among them [Italian actor and director Asia] Argento and a former aspiring actress named Lucia Evans—told me that Weinstein raped them, allegations that include Weinstein forcibly performing or receiving oral sex and forcing vaginal sex. Four women said that they experienced unwanted touching that could be classified as an assault. In an audio recording captured during a New York Police Department sting operation in 2015 and made public here for the first time, Weinstein admits to groping a Filipina-Italian model named Ambra Battilana Gutierrez, describing it as behavior he is “used to.” Four of the women I interviewed cited encounters in which Weinstein exposed himself or masturbated in front of them.
In the audio recording, Gutierrez asks Weinstein “why yesterday you touch[ed] my breast,” and he responds “Oh, please, sorry, just come on in, I’m used to that.” When Gutierrez questions the fact that he’s “used to that,” Weinstein responds “yes,” and continues to encourage her to join him in going to his hotel room.
Here is that audio:
Listen to this Harvey Weinstein tape & ask yourself how so many powerful people remained silent for so long. pic.twitter.com/FhgOfINbBv— Robby Starbuck (@robbystarbuck) October 10, 2017
The new report follows on the publication of a piece by the New York Times that describes Weinstein’s history of alleged misconduct, but does not detail the reports of sexual assault or the audio recording of the NYPD’s sting operation on Weinstein.
Farrow also detailed how the case against Weinstein eventually was quashed following an apparent smear campaign against Gutierrez in the press. A source close to the matter told Farrow that, in exchange for a settlement, Gutierrez signed a highly restrictive nondisclosure agreement once the case was dropped and now will not discuss the case. The details of the incident and the other allegations against Weinstein are all covered in the article, which is worth reading in full.