Three women are now accusing embattled film producer Harvey Weinstein of rape.
In a New Yorker exposé by Ronan Farrow, three women — including actress Asia Argento and former aspiring actress Lucia Evans — accused Weinstein, who was just fired from his post at the Weinstein Company, of rape.
Their allegations, Farrow wrote, “include Weinstein forcibly performing or receiving oral sex and forcing vaginal sex.”
These new breathtaking allegations against Weinstein come less than a week after numerous claims of sexual harassment at the hands of the movie mogul were revealed by The New York Times.
Argento shared details of her alleged rape with Farrow, stating that in 1997, one of Weinstein’s producers invited her to what she believed to be a Miramax-hosted party at a hotel on the French Riviera.
But when she arrived, Argento said there was no party. Instead, she said she was led upstairs to an empty room, where Weinstein asked her to give him a massage.
“He asks me to give a massage. I was, like, ‘Look man, I am no f***ing fool,'” Argento said. “But, looking back, I am a f***ing fool. And I am still trying to come to grips with what happened.”
Argento said she reluctantly agreed to give Weinstein a massage, at which point the famed producer pulled her skirt up, forced her legs apart and performed oral sex on her.
Evans said she was assaulted by Weinstein in 2004, the summer before her senior year at Middlebury College, not long after the film producer approached her at a New York club.
Evans said she was scheduled to meet Weinstein at his Miramax office in Tribeca. When the meeting began, she said Weinstein started “simultaneously flattering me and demeaning me and making me feel bad about myself.”
The former aspiring actress said Weinstein showed her a few scripts before assaulting her. She said Weinstein “forced me to perform oral sex on him” and when she objected, Weinstein forced Evans’s head down.
“I said, over and over, ‘I don’t want to do this, stop, don’t,'” Evans recalled. “I tried to get away, but maybe I didn’t try hard enough. I didn’t want to kick him or fight him.”
“He’s a big guy. He overpowered me,” she continued. “I just sort of gave up. That’s the most horrible part of it, and that’s why he’s been able to do this for so long to so many women: people give up, and then they feel like it’s their fault.”
For his part, Weinstein has remained silent since being sidelined from the film company he helped found.
Former Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, who has benefited from Weinstein’s contributions over the years, has also failed to condemn the Hollywood mogul’s alleged actions.