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Harvey Weinstein: Three women accuse producer of rape in new report

UPI News Service, 10/10/2017 

Three women have come forward in a new report stating that Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein raped them.

The report by Ronan Farrow and published in The New Yorker, features Italian actress and director Asia Argento stating that Weinstein 20 years ago forcibly performed oral sex on her.

Lucia Evans and a third woman also share their stories of rape along with four other women who told the publication that the producer touched them inappropriately.

The piece also mentions that 13 woman said they were sexually harassed or assaulted by Weinstein with 16 former and current executives sharing that they had seen or known about the reports of Weinstein's sexual advances.

Weinstein has denied the accusations stating through his spokesperson Sallie Hofmeister, "Any allegations of non-consensual sex are unequivocally denied by Mr. Weinstein. Mr. Weinstein has further confirmed that there were never any acts of retaliation against any women for refusing his advances. 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. Mr. Weinstein has begun counseling, has listened to the community and is pursuing a better path. Mr. Weinstein is hoping that, if he makes enough progress, he will be given a second chance."

The New Yorker piece comes after Weinstein was fired from the film production company he founded, The Weinstein Co., due to reports that he sexually harassed several women.

Information on Weinstein first came to light in a New York Times piece that featured actresses Ashley Judd and Rose McGowan who shared their stories concerning Weinstein's behavior towards them.

"The disgraceful news about Harvey Weinstein has appalled those of us whose work he championed, and those whose good and worthy causes he supported. The intrepid women who raised their voices to expose this abuse are our heroes," Meryl Streep, who has worked with Weinstein in the past, said recently before calling his behavior "inexcusable."

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