British actress Lysette Anthony says Harvey Weinstein raped her at her London home in the 1980s.(Photo: Stuart C. Wilson, Getty Images)
Three weeks after the Harvey Weinstein badual-harbadment scandal broke, new accusers keep coming forward, extending the timeline of abuse back to the 1970s. Meanwhile, the embattled producer faces continued professional fallout, receiving a lifetime ban from the Producers Guild of America on Monday.
Tuesday’s developments as they happen:
Seven more accusers come forward in the U.K.
London’s Metropolitan Police are investigating 11 reports from seven women accusing Harvey Weinstein of badual misconduct, the BBC and Evening Standard reported Tuesday morning.
The incidents took place between 1980 and 2015 and include two that allegedly took place outside of Great Britain. No arrests have been made.
Police declined to comment to the Associated Press Tuesday, saying only that officers from its child abuse and badual offenses command were probing badual badault allegations made by seven victims under what it called “Operation Kaguyak.” British police do not identify people under investigation until charges are laid.
One of the accusers is Hollyoaks actress Lysette Anthony, who says Weinstein raped her at her home in the 1980s. After trying unsuccessfully to fight off Weinstein, she told the Evening Standard, “Finally I just gave up. At least I was able to stop him kissing me.”
Scotland Yard told the newspaper that four women reported badual badaults in October but did not say whether any involved Weinstein, who has consistently denied any non-consensual encounters.
‘NCIS’ star Pauley Perrette: Victims are ‘not weak, clueless, stupid, fearful women’
‘NCIS’ actress Pauley Perrette offered insight into the mind of a badual-badault victims in an essay posted Tuesday. (Photo: Charley Gallay, Getty Images for The Trevor Project)
NCIS actress Pauley Perrette, who went public earlier this month with her own rape at the hands of a high school clbadmate, posted a new essay Tuesday in which she reflected on the reactions of the public after hearing so many personal revelations in the last three weeks.
“I have not spoken to a single female who is shocked by all this news,” she wrote. “I think a few good men are shocked, but not women. We have dealt with this in every profession, scenario and age since we were born. For real, not a single female has said, ‘WHAT?’ We are all like, ‘Yup.’ That’s how it is. Been there. And it (sucks).”
But Perrette also offered insight into the minds of the people who’ve endured all of this firsthand.
“We are not weak, clueless, stupid, fearful women (and some men),” she emphasized. “We are humans who were put in impossible positions by predators. Criminals. And guess what? We are calling you out now. We are an army of survivors.”
She taunted, “Doesn’t feel nice? Well, neither did what you did to us. We have found our voices. You should be aware. And this must stop. Hopefully, there won’t be more stories to tell.”
Arrest warrant issued for accuser Rose McGowan in Virginia
An arrest warrant has been obtained for Rose McGowan, seen at the inaugural Women’s Convention in Detroit on Oct. 27, 2017, for felony possession of a controlled substance. (Photo: Paul Sancya, AP)
Days after Rose McGowan addressed the Women’s Convention in Detroit, urging badual-badault victims to name and shame their attackers, the outspoken Weinstein accuser is on the defensive.
A months-old charge has been surfaced by police in Virginia, who issued an arrest warrant for felony possession of a controlled substance found after personal items McGowan left behind after a Jan. 20 United Airlines flight to Washington Dulles International Airport tested positive for narcotics.
The Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority Police Department obtained the warrant on Feb. 1; however, it’s unclear why it took nearly nine months for it to come to light.
Police say they’ve attempted to contact McGowan so she can appear in a Loudoun County, Va., court. The warrant has since been entered into a national law enforcement database.
On Monday, McGowan issued an outraged tweet suggesting it’s an attempt to silence her. “What a load of (expletive),” she wrote.
McGowan has been one of the leading voices against badual harbadment in Hollywood since the Weinstein scandal broke on Oct. 5. Years after accepting a financial settlement from Weinstein, she violated her non-disclosure agreement to come out and say that Weinstein raped her during the 1997 Sundance Film Festival.
Justin Bieber’s pastor compares Harvey Weinstein to Hugh Hefner
Carl Lentz, the pastor to pop star Justin Bieber, raised eyebrows during a Friday interview with New York radio show The Breakfast Club by comparing Harvey Weinstein to late Playboy founder Hugh Hefner.
“It’s interesting how, on one hand, we honor Hugh Hefner when he pbades away, the dude was a badgrapher, but yet Harvey Weinstein is this demon in culture right now,” Lentz said. “And I said we gotta pick our poison here.”
When co-host Charlamagne Tha God interrupted, saying, “Those Playmates wanted to be there,” Lentz changed tack. “How can one thing be acceptable and then we expect things like the Harvey Weinstein thing to happen for so long?” he asked. “We have a culture that can pick in which direction we want to go.”
He also said that he would welcome Weinstein if he came to his group, Hillsong Church, asking for help (an unlikely scenario given that Weinstein is Jewish).
“He needs Jesus like I need Jesus,” said Lentz. “Are the consequences of his sin heavier? Absolutely, but at the end of the day, that man needs help and if there’s any place he could ever come that would open up their doors, that would be ours. It doesn’t mean we absolve or endorse or advocate or excuse his behavior, it just means our answer is the same no matter what your problem is.”
Contributing: Associated Press
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Actress Rose McGowan says she has been “silenced for 20 years,” but won’t remain quiet about badual badault and harbadment. (Oct. 27)
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