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Hollywood Scandal Explodes: Harvey Weinstein Accused of Rape by 3 Different Women

Producer Harvey Weinstein arrives for the opening ceremony and screening of Moonrise Kingdom at the 65th international film festival, in Cannes, southern France, Wednesday, May 16, 2012. (AP Photo/Joel Ryan)

Hollywood movie mogul and loyal Democrat Harvey Weinstein’s troubles have only just begun. Until now there were reports of him “touching” women (who didn’t want to be touched). That’s bad enough, but the story gets even worse for him. As The New Yorker reports:

Three women––among them 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.

Lucia Stoller, now Lucia Evans, is one of those women. In graphic detail she shares her story. It’s absolutely terrible to read, but it needs to be shared so that everybody understands what kind of a monster Weinstein is and how horrible (and cowardly) Hollywood is for protecting him all these years.

He also told her about two scripts, a horror movie and a teen love story, and said one of his associates would discuss them with her.

“At that point, after that, is when he assaulted me,” Evans said. “He forced me to perform oral sex on him.” As she objected, Weinstein took his penis out of his pants and pulled her head down onto it. “I said, over and over, ‘I don’t want to do this, stop, don’t,’ ” she said. “I tried to get away, but maybe I didn’t try hard enough. I didn’t want to kick him or fight him.” In the end, she said, “He’s a big guy. He overpowered me.”

Another actress, Asia Argento, had a very similar experience. In 1997, she was invited by one of Weinstein’s producers to a party. When she arrived, the producer brought her upstairs. Strangely, however, there was only one person there: Harvey Weinstein. Weinstein’s producer said that they arrived early. At that point he left so she was alone with the Hollywood monster.

Weinstein left the room shortly after, but quickly came back dressed in a bathrobe. He was holding a bottle of lotion. “He asks me to give a massage,” Agento said. She initially refused, telling him she was “no f***ing fool.”

“But, looking back, I am a f***ing fool,” she said, “and I am still trying to come to grips with what happened.”

That’s not surprising if you read what that actually was. Weinstein forced Argento’s legs open and started to perform oral sex on her. She repeatedly told him “no,” but “he wouldn’t stop.” “It was a nightmare,” the Italy-born actress said.

Stoller and Argento are far from alone. The New Yorker has collected many more similar stories from other women. They were bullied, harassed, and even raped, they say. They also point out that everybody in Weinstein’s world was aware of his sordid behavior, yet they let it happen. And not just once or twice,  but possibly dozens of times.