Yet another Actress comes forward.

Via Waylon Lewis
on Oct 5, 2017
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Some vital words from Quentin Tarantino, just today, whose career was made possible in many ways by Harvey Weinstein: “I’m calling on the other guys who knew more to not be scared. Don’t just give out statements. Acknowledge that there was something rotten in Denmark. Vow to do better by our sisters.” Read the full here.

Lupita Nyong’o comes forward. Harvey: “Let’s cut to the chase. I have a private room upstairs where we can have the rest of our meal.” I was stunned. I told him I preferred to eat in the restaurant. He told me not to be so naïve. If I wanted to be an actress, then I had to be willing to do this sort of thing. He said he had dated Famous Actress X and Y and look where that had gotten them.

I was silent for a while before I mustered up the courage to politely decline his offer. “You have no idea what you are passing up,” he said. “With all due respect, I would not be able to sleep at night if I did what you are asking, so I must pass,” I replied.

His whole demeanor changed at that point. “Then I guess we are two ships passing in the night.” I had never heard that saying before, so I remember asking him what it meant. “It means just that,” he said. “We are two ships going in two different directions.”

Read the rest, here.

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Update: 

Jesus—this sounds terrifying:

Lena Headey Details Encounter With Harvey Weinstein: “I Got Into My Car and I Cried” (hollywoodreporter.com)

“Headey, who stars as Cersei Lannister on the HBO fantasy saga, is now one of more than 40 women to come forward and accuse Weinstein of sexual harassment or assault since the New York Times first broke the story of decades of alleged abuse at the hands of the Hollywood producer Oct. 5. Many of the accounts detail similar hotel room incidents.”

During the meeting, she says she and Weinstein talked about films, but that he also asked her questions about her love life. When he returned from the bathroom, she says he said, “Let’s go up to the room, I want to give you a script.” She says that as they walked to the elevator, “the energy shifted” and her “whole body went into high alert.”

“The lift was going up and I said to Harvey, ‘I’m not interested in anything other than work, please don’t think I got in here with you for any other reason, nothing is going to happen,'” she recalled, explaining, “I don’t know what possessed me to speak out at that moment, only that I had such a strong sense of don’t come near me.”

She says his response was silence and that he was “furious.”

She continues, “We got out of the lift and walked to his room. His hand was on my back, he was marching me forward, not a word. I felt completely powerless, he tried his key card and it didn’t work, then he got really angry. He walked me back to the lift, through the hotel to the valet, by grabbing and holding tightly to the back of my arm, he paid for my car and whispered in my ear, ‘Don’t tell anyone about this, not your manager, not your agent.'”

What a moment of suspense when that key card failed.

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Editor’s note:

If you’ve ever thought sexual assault or rape was okay, or funny, or something to get away with, I challenge you to look at the “me too” thread on facebook.com/elephantjournal and not cry, and feel remorse, and help us all to awaken this world we’ve created. Become a part of the solution today forward.

This happens to men and women, both. it’s about power, and accountability. Let’s shift the power, and awaken the accountability: LINK to https://www.elephantjournal.com/2017/10/major-hollywood-figure-accused-of-sexual-assault-in-ny-times/

Yours in Enlighened Society,

Waylon H. Lewis/Editor-in-Chief

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Look at Kate Beckinsale’s public statement.

 

Update: Unedited, Kate Beckinsale’s shocking statement on Harvey. Or maybe it’s not shocking. Still, I found this…bracing.

Read just the first three lines if you want to feel holy fury. Let’s root ’em all out.

 Kate Beckinsale’s public statement.

She mentions a “male friend” who just warned a “young actress” about Weinstein. And for that, he was rewarded by being blacklisted from Miramax after that actress ratted him out to Weinstein. I mean, WTF? ~ Redditor

“A few years later he asked me if he had tried anything with me in that first meeting [when she was 17 and had school in the morning]. I realized he couldn’t remember if he had assaulted me or no.”

Holy crap!

I was called to meet Harvey Weinstein at the Savoy Hotel when I was 17. I assumed it would be in a conference room which was very common.When I arrived ,reception told me to go to his room . He opened the door in his bathrobe . I was incredibly naive and young and it did not cross my mind that this older ,unattractive man would expect me to have any sexual interest in him .After declining alcohol and announcing that I had school in the morning I left ,uneasy but unscathed.A few years later he asked me if he had tried anything with me in that first meeting .I realized he couldn’t remember if he had assaulted me or not .I had what I thought were boundaries – I said no to him professionally many times over the years-some of which ended up with him screaming at me calling me a cunt and making threats, some of which made him laughingly tell people oh “Kate lives to say no to me .” It speaks to the status quo in this business that I was aware that standing up for myself and saying no to things,while it did allow me to feel uncompromised in myself,undoubtedly harmed my career and was never something I felt supported by anyone other than my family.I would like to applaud the women who have come forward , and to pledge that we can from this create a new paradigm where producers,managers,executives and assistants and everyone who has in the past shrugged and said ” well, that’s just Harvey /Mr X/insert name here ” will realize that we in numbers can affect real change.For every moment like this there have been thousands where a vulnerable person has confided outrageous unprofessional behavior and found they have no recourse, due to an atmosphere of fear that it seems almost everyone has been living in .I had a male friend who, based on my experience,warned a young actress who said she was going to dinner with Harvey to be careful. He received a phone call the next day saying he would never work in another Miramax film ;the girl was already sleeping with Harvey and had told him that my friend had warned her off.Let’s stop allowing our young women to be sexual cannon fodder,and let’s remember that Harvey is an emblem of a system that is sick,and that we have work to do.

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“Yeah Rose just tweeted this not naming him.”
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It’s been talked about as a known thing (Ashley Judd was one of the first brave voices about his sexual assaults) for a long time, but always secretly—he’s powerful. Finally, thanks to journalism, he’s outed:

Decades of Sexual Harassment Accusations Against Harvey Weinstein (nytimes.com)

An investigation by The New York Times found previously undisclosed allegations against Mr. Weinstein stretching over nearly three decades, documented through interviews with current and former employees and film industry workers, as well as legal records, emails and internal documents from the businesses he has run, Miramax and the Weinstein Company.

During that time, after being confronted with allegations including sexual harassment and unwanted physical contact, Mr. Weinstein has reached at least eight settlements with women, according to two company officials speaking on the condition of anonymity. Among the recipients, The Times found, were a young assistant in New York in 1990, an actress in 1997, an assistant in London in 1998, an Italian model in 2015 and Ms. O’Connor shortly after, according to records and those familiar with the agreements.

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At Fox News, where the conservative icons Roger E. Ailes and Bill O’Reilly were accused of harassment, women have received payouts well into the millions of dollars. But most of the women involved in the Weinstein agreements collected between roughly $80,000 and $150,000, according to people familiar with the negotiations.

Ms. Bloom, who has been advising Mr. Weinstein over the last year on gender and power dynamics, called him “an old dinosaur learning new ways.” She said she had “explained to him that due to the power difference between a major studio head like him and most others in the industry, whatever his motives, some of his words and behaviors can be perceived as inappropriate, even intimidating.”

In a statement to The Times on Thursday afternoon, Mr. Weinstein said: “I appreciate the way I’ve behaved with colleagues in the past has caused a lot of pain, and I sincerely apologize for it. Though I’m trying to do better, I know I have a long way to go.” He added that he was working with therapists and planning to take a leave of absence to “deal with this issue head on.”

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Reddit: “Gretchen Mol, Jennifer Lawrence, Gwynneth Paltrow, Blake Lively. Whenever a beautiful blond girl starts appearing on all the magazines as the ‘it’ girl, it’s one of Harvey’s girls. They tend to wear his wife’s creations too which is weird. He just pushes them hard on all the public media, and people won’t go against Harvey. Though some of them ‘hit’ and some of them don’t…” and “…his official statement is gross and bizarre. Quoting Jay-Z randomly and trying to deflect to the NRA because how topical that issue is at the moment.”

This is just the beginning—his non-apology apology will only make things worse (and he’s threatening to sue the NY Times, simultaneously). Slander is a serious thing—but there appears to be plenty of sources on this one.

Two updates:  Weinstein’s lawyer says they plan to sue NYT over article

And:  Weinstein Company holding emergency meeting to determine whether or not to fire Harvey Weinstein

Judd talked about it in 2015McGowan talked about it in 2016.

“Courtney Love warned people about Harvey Weinstein at Pam Anderson’s Roast in 2005…and was blacklisted for it.

“She tweeted earlier today that powerful Hollywood talent agency CAA “eternally banned” her for speaking out against Weinstein, an outcome that sheds a little more light on why so many famous men and women may have let his open secret stay secret for so long.”

This is how an apology is done. Selflessly, heartfelt, owning it, using as a teaching moment, not defending.

Don’t be a jerk, find love not just sex:

Relephant more:

The list of women that have come forward about Donald Trump;

  • Ninni Laaksonen, former Miss Finland. “Trump stood right next to me and suddenly he squeezed my butt” in July 2006.
  • Jessica Drake. Said Trump grabbed and kissed her without consent, then offered her 10K for sex in 2006.
  • Karena Virginia. Says she was groped by Trump at the U.S. Open in 1998.
  • Cathy Heller. Says Trump grabbed her and attempted to kiss her at Mar-a-lago in 1997.
  • Summer Zervos. Apprentice contestant says Trump started kissing her and grabbing her breasts, began “thrusting his genitals.” 2007.
  • Kristin Anderson. Said Trump reached under her skirt and grabbed her vagina through her underwear in the early 1990s.
  • Jessica Leeds. Said Trump lifted up the armrest, grabbed her breasts and reached his hand up her skirt in the early 1980s.
  • Rachel Crooks. Says she was assaulted by Trump in an elevator in Trump Tower in 2005.
  • Mindy McGillivray. Says Trump groped her while she was attending a concert at Mar-a-lago in 2003.
  • Natasha Stoynoff. Says Trump pushed her against a wall and jammed his tongue down her throat at Mar-a-lago in 2005.
  • Jennifer Murphy. Apprentice contestant says Trump kissed her on the lips after a job interview in 2005.
  • Cassandra Searles. Says Trump grabbed her ass and invited her to his hotel room in 2013.
  • Temple Taggart McDowell. Former Miss Utah says Trump kissed her directly on the lips the first time she met him in 1997.
  • Jill Harth. Says Trump repeatedly sexually harassed her and groped her underneath a table in 1993.
  • “Jane Doe” or Katie J. In June, a California woman — “Jane Doe” ― filed a lawsuit alleging that Trump raped her at a party when she was 13 years old. Video testimony from Katie J, who accuses Trump of raping her at 13. 1994
  • Ivana Trump. In a 1992 deposition during their divorce, Trump’s first wife described an incident in which she says her then-husband forced her to have sex with him.

The Missing;

“Jane Doe”. In June, a California woman — “Jane Doe” ― filed a lawsuit alleging that Trump raped her at a party when she was 13 years old

Video testimony from Katie J, who accuses Trump of raping her at 13 after she was hired by Jeffrey Epstein to work his sex parties.

And her affidavit, consistent with her testimony:

https://www.scribd.com/doc/316341058/Donald-Trump-Jeffrey-Epstein-Rape-Lawsuit-and-Affidavits

and knew that Plaintiff was then just 13 years old. Exhs. A and B.10.

Defendant Trump initiated sexual contact with Plaintiff at four different parties.On the fourth and final sexual encounter with Defendant Trump, Defendant Trump tied Plaintiff to a bed, exposed himself to Plaintiff, and then proceeded to forcibly rape Plaintiff. During the course of this savage sexual attack, Plaintiff loudly pleaded with Defendant Trump to stop but with no effect. Defendant Trump responded to Plaintiff’s pleas by violently striking Plaintiff in the face with his open hand and screaming that he would do whatever he wanted.

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About Waylon Lewis

Waylon Lewis, founder of elephant magazine, now elephantjournal.com & host of Walk the Talk Show with Waylon Lewis, is a 1st generation American Buddhist “Dharma Brat." Voted #1 in U.S. on twitter for #green two years running, Changemaker & Eco Ambassador by Treehugger, Green Hero by Discovery’s Planet Green, Best (!) Shameless Self-Promoter at Westword's Web Awards, Prominent Buddhist by Shambhala Sun, & 100 Most Influential People in Health & Fitness 2011 by "Greatist", Waylon is a mediocre climber, lazy yogi, 365-day bicycle commuter & best friend to Redford (his rescue hound). His aim: to bring the good news re: "the mindful life" beyond the choir & to all those who didn't know they gave a care. elephantjournal.com | His first book, Things I would like to do with You, is now available.

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