New reports suggest that Harvey Weinstein’s offences have been occurring for decades, and long before the shamed movie mogul made it to Hollywood.
Hollywood mogul Weinstein has made headlines in recent months following a series of rape and sexual assault allegations made by numerous women. Weinstein has “unequivocally denied” all claims, but is being investigated by police over the allegations.
Now, sources tell The Hollywood Reporter that accusations against the shamed former Hollywood exec date back as far as the early 1970s, after he allegedly propositioned a woman for oral sex in exchange for tickets to see blues band Hot Tuna, shortly after dropping out of college.
Another incident occurred when Weinstein was just 28, while he was shooting low-budget slashed film The Burning. According to reports, he dropped his towel in front of 24-year-old production assistant Paula Wachowiak. As THR report:
Weinstein dropped the towel, and Wachowiak struggled to keep her eyes on his face as he strolled around, until he sat down and laid the folder on his lap. “What’s this for?” he asked, pointing either to a check or his private parts. Then he chuckled, as if enjoying her embarrassment. Saying he had “a kink in his neck,” he asked for a massage.
“I don’t think that’s in my job description,” she replied. (“Mr. Weinstein has a different recollection of these events and categorically denies ever engaging in any nonconsensual sexual conduct with Ms. Wachowiak,” says his spokesperson.)
Harvey Weinstein’s production company is reportedly expected to file for bankruptcy after talks to sell the troubled company’s assets fell through.
Last October, the shamed movie mogul was fired from The Weinstein Company after he faced extensive sexual assault allegations from a multitude of women.
Weinstein originally founded the firm in 2005, alongside his brother Bob.
“The Weinstein Company has been engaged in an active sale process in the hopes of preserving assets and jobs,” the board said in a statement.