Harvey Weinstein denies allegations as more women come forward

Published: 11 October 2017

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Angelina Jolie and Gwyneth Paltrow are the two latest Hollywood stars to come forward with allegations of sexual harassment against producer Harvey Weinstein.

Each actress said the incidents happened early in their careers.

The New Yorker reports the number of women alleging Weinstein sexually harassed or assaulted them had climbed to 13, including three who told the magazine they had been raped.

A spokeswoman for Weinstein denies the claims.

“Any allegations of non-consensual sex are unequivocally denied by Mr Weinstein,” spokeswoman Sallie Hofmeister said.

“Mr Weinstein obviously can’t speak to anonymous allegations, but with respect to any women who have made allegations on the record, Mr Weinstein believes that all of these relationships were consensual.”

Ms Jolie and Ms Paltrow both sent statements to The New York Times following the publication of The New Yorker story.

“I had a bad experience with Harvey Weinstein in my youth, and as a result, chose never to work with him again and warn others when they did,” Ms Jolie said.

“This behaviour towards women in any field, any country is unacceptable.”

Ms Paltrow alleged in a statement that Weinstein had asked her to come to his hotel suite shortly after casting her in the leading role in the film Emma early in her career.

Once there, he placed his hands on her and suggested massages in his bedroom.

“I was a kid, I was signed up, I was petrified,” Ms Paltrow told The New York Times.

Weinstein is a powerful figure in Hollywood, famous for producing Oscar-winning movies like Shakespeare in Love and Chicago.

He was fired from the company he helped found – the Weinstein Company – days after the allegations came to light.