The Harvey Weinstein sexual scandal has just taken another serious turn as a fifth woman has publicly alleged and accused the disgraced media mogul of rape. The number of accusers stating they were groped, assaulted, intimidated, or downright brutalized by Weinstein continues to grow each day. More than 30 women, including many A-list actresses, have come forward to share their tales. At this point, Harvey Weinstein has not been charged with a criminal offense and has willingly sent himself to rehab as he hopes the public will give him a second chance.
The five women who have accused Harvey Weinstein of rape include Rose McGowan (Charmed, Scream), Asia Argento (xXx, Marie Antoinette, Land of the Dead), Lucia Evans (Zombie Max, Fair City), Lysette Anthony (Krull, Look Who’s Talking Now, Dracula Dead and Loving It) and an unnamed Miramax employee.
It is possible more women will come forward with stories of sexual harassment, assault, and rape against Weinstein. Lysette Anthony shared a photo on Twitter indicating she reported the alleged rape, now 15-years-old to authorities.
— lysette anthony (@chezLysette) October 11, 2017
With more women stepping out of the shadows, it seems that legal proceedings will be inevitable.
Though some have described Harvey Weinstein’s behavior as an “open secret” and others deny having any knowledge of the alleged predatory conduct, police were alerted to Weinstein in the past.
In Ronan Farrow’s explosive exposé picked up by the New Yorker, it was revealed that in 2015, model Ambra Gutierrez went to police to press charges against Weinstein. She even wore a wire where he had admitted some of her allegations, but the decision was made not to prosecute.
During the initial report, tabloids painted a terrible picture of Guiterrez making it safe to say she was victimized repeatedly.
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— The New Yorker (@NewYorker) October 14, 2017
As news about how extensive the allegations against Weinstein are continues to send shockwaves through Hollywood and the public, people are wondering when the victims will actually see justice and have their day in court.
In addition to Lysette’s rape claims a former Miramax employee alleges Harvey Weinstein raped her in the Miramax office basement.
— TexasLibertarian (@shootist2015) October 15, 2017
Lucia Evans told Ronan Farrow about her 2004 sexual assault where Harvey Weinstein allegedly forced her to perform fellatio on him in his Manhattan office. The New York Police Department (NYPD) has since confirmed they have opened an investigation.
The claims made by Asia Argento against Harvey Weinstein are troubling for several reasons. Not only did she accuse Harvey Weinstein of forcibly performing cunnilingus on her against her will but she confided in a journalist friend about the incident to no avail.
Argento was reportedly traumatized by the experience and wrote a film Scarlet Diva where the abuse was acted out on screen. Argento is in a relationship with Anthony Bourdain and the two have referred to the alleged rape on social media.
— Antonio Luisi (@antonioluisi84) October 11, 2017
Rose McGowan may go down in history as being the most vocal and outspoken of Harvey Weinstein’s accusers. McGowan has used social media platforms for years to state she was raped by a Hollywood mogul, but it wasn’t until recently she named her attacker as Harvey Weinstein.
As more information surfaces McGowan states that she told others of her claims that Weinstein raped her. Her comments drew concern during the scandal and Twitter temporarily suspended her account. McGowan has shown that she will not be silent.
— CNN (@CNN) October 13, 2017
"I answered the door. Harvey Weinstein pushed me inside and raped me in my own hallway" Actress #LysetteAnthony accuses #Weinstein of stalking and abuse in a #brave interview with @CMetcalfLondon https://t.co/wVLBfMRxbF ?@mikemarslandpix #rosearmy pic.twitter.com/9nEZnh1Ro8
— SundayTimesPictures (@STPictures) October 14, 2017
British actress Lysette Anthony is the latest woman to come forward and make rape allegations against Harvey Weinstein. According to an interview with the Sunday Times, Lysette stated that Weinstein previously made advances towards her before physically forcing himself on her in her home.
What do you make of the numerous accusations against Harvey Weinstein? Do you think it’s time that legal action took its course? Is it time for a prosecutor to bring charges against him?
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