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Friday, 13 October 2017

Two more actresses make rape and sexual harassement allegations against Harvey Weinstein

The scandal deluging Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein has deepened after US actress Rose McGowan publicly accused him of raping her.

She made the accusation via Twitter, adding her name to a growing list of women who have accused Weinstein of wrongdoing in news stories published over the past week.

She is the fourth woman to level a rape accusation against Weinstein. The New Yorker previously reported on three other rape allegations -- lodged by "former aspiring actress" Lucia Evans, Italian actress Asia Argento and one anonymous source.

In a series of tweets, McGowan also accused Amazon Studio chief Roy Price of having ignored her when she made the allegation earlier.

 In her posts -- which were directed at Amazon (AMZN, Tech30) CEO Jeff Bezos -- McGowan claims that she told the head of Amazon Studios about the incident.

"@jeffbezos I told the head of your studio that HW raped me," she wrote, using Weinstein's initials. "Over & over I said it. He said it hadn't been proven. I said I was the proof."

 In several other tweets, McGowan went on to say that she "begged" Amazon Studios to take action and accused the outfit of winning a "dirty Oscar." It's unclear what movie McGowan is referring to.

"I love @amazon but there is rot in Hollywood," she wrote in one tweet. "@jeffbezos Be the change you want to see in the world. Stand with truth."






Also, a Canadian actress, Erika Rosenbaum has joined the growing list of performers who have alleged they have been sexually harassed by Weinstein.

Erika Rosenbaum
The 37-year-old, who appeared in Smurfs 2, alleges Weinstein made improper approaches to her three times almost 15 years ago.

On one occasion she said the movie mogul grabbed her buy the neck in front of a mirror while fondling himself intimately.

She told CBC News: 'He did that while looking me right in the eye.'

The actress said she was living in LA at the time when she first met the producer who wanted a meeting to discuss her career.

She said the location of the meeting was moved to a hotel.

Commenting on the incident, she said: 'I suddenly found myself fending him off, as though we were on a first date and he was making unwanted advances.'

 Eventually, she agreed to give him a massage as he had the ability to destroy her career.

She continued: 'In a surreal scene from a bad movie, I massaged his back and then he let me go. I walked away confused and ashamed.'

Ms Rosenbaum said she met him again in a hotel room in Toronto two years after the LA incident. Weinstein, she claimed, answered the door without any pants.

She said she was afraid to make an enemy of Weinstein and agreed to a third meeting in New York, where she said the producer tried to kiss her.

She added: 'I really feel for all who've had this experience. It is very confusing and it can be very damaging.'



Meanwhile, Amazon Studios chief Roy Price has been suspended amid claims he ignored allegations the disgraced veteran producer raped actress Rose McGowan.


Amazon said in a statement that it had placed Price on a leave of absence effective immediately.

It added, “We are reviewing our options for the projects we have with The Weinstein Co.”

Also, detectives in New York have reopened a 2004 case in which former aspiring actress Lucia Evans claims Weinstein forced her to perform a sex act on him at his Miramax offices.

In addition, British actress Kate Beckinsale on Thursday became the latest star to step forward with allegations against the Hollywood mogul, who she described as “an emblem of a system that is sick”.

Beckinsale claimed she was 17 years old when she was called to Weinstein’s hotel room, where the producer opened the door in his bathrobe and offered her alcohol.

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