Hollywood legend Jane Fonda has revealed that she became privy to Harvey Weinstein's reputed behavior about a year ago when actress Rosanna Arquette told her of an encounter she had with the former Weinstein Co. co-chairman.
Fonda, speaking to CNN's Christiane Amanpour on Thursday, said that she was "proud it's coming out and that fellow actors are speaking up" but that she was "ashamed" she didn't say anything about the disgraced movie producer right then.
"I was not that bold," the two-time Oscar winner said, declining to share details of Arquette's encounter. "I guess it hadn't happened to me, and so I didn't feel that it was my place."
After being temporarily suspended on Wednesday, actress Rose McGowan returned to Twitter with a vengeance Thursday afternoon, calling out Amazon founder and Washington Post owner Jeff Bezos.
Kicking off her series of tweets, McGowan said that she had "told the head of [Bezos'] studio that HW raped me," using initials to suggest that she was speaking about Harvey Weinstein.
This is the first time McGowan has been so direct about what happened between her and the Miramax producer in 1997 after an incident at the Sundance Film Festival resulted in Weinstein paying the then-23-year-old actress $100,000.
Hachette Book Group terminated its Weinstein Books imprint on Thursday, it said via an internal email obtained by BuzzFeed Books and Publishers Lunch. Hachette is the latest entity to distance itself from Harvey Weinstein after a flood of allegations of sexual harassment and assault. The Weinstein Co. dismissed Weinstein on Sunday.
Investigations published this week by the New York Times and the New Yorker detail Weinstein’s alleged misconduct over decades.
Weinstein Books was launched as Miramax Books in 2001 and published titles bypublic figures such as Rudy Giuliani and Madeleine Albright. Its partnership with Perseus Books, part of Hachette Book Group, began in 2009.
In a first of its kind move, the Casting Society of America announced Thursday an international casting call for transgender actors. To take place Oct. 22, the initiative aims to provide greater talent to ensure more inclusive films and television.
"The reasoning a non diverse 'star' gets to play a diverse role is because there weren't enough talented, diverse options is an industry myth," said Russell Boast, the society's vice president, in a statement. "We're going to do something about that."
The open call is part of the CSA’s inclusion commitment within the entertainment industry "to challenge unconscious bias, empower casting directors to lead the inclusion conversation, and discover, educate, and promote the next generation of extraordinary talent within a wide range of diverse communities," a statement said.
Kate Beckinsale says she was only 17 when what appeared to be a routine business meeting at a hotel with Harvey Weinstein turned out to be a meeting with a bathrobe-clad Weinstein, who offered her alcohol in his personal hotel room at the Savoy — an encounter that left her "uneasy but unscathed."
However, it didn't appear to make much of an impression on the producer, according to the actress, now 44, who shared her experience Thursday on Instagram.
Weinstein asked her a few years later whether he'd "tried anything" with her when they first met, Beckinsale said, and she realized "he couldn't remember" if he had assaulted her.
In the wake of the Harvey Weinstein scandal, actors Terry Crews and James Van Der Beek have also blasted some high-powered men in Hollywood for harassing them.
In separate revelations on Twitter this week, the "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" star and "Dawson's Creek" alum, respectively, shared their tales of being victimized by industry heavyweights, whom they did not name. Their stories served as additional examples of a purported rampant culture of sexual misconduct in the entertainment industry -- a culture being scrutinized because of the downfall of the former Weinstein Co. co-chairman.
Crews, giving his account in 16 tweets on Tuesday, claimed that the Weinstein scandal gave him post-traumatic stress and alleged that he had been groped by a "high level Hollywood executive" during an industry function he was attending last year.
My wife n I were at a Hollywood function last year n a high level Hollywood executive came over 2 me and groped my privates. (2/cont.)
Harvey Weinstein is not OK, he told photographers and videographers assembled outside the Los Angeles-area home of one of his daughters Wednesday afternoon. As of Thursday morning, he was said to be in Arizona receiving treatment at a rehab facility amid a storm of sexual harassment allegations.
Answering questions shouted at him Wednesday afternoon, Weinstein said, "I'm hanging in, I'm trying my best.... Guys, I'm not doing OK but I'm trying. I gotta get help, guys. You know what, we all make mistakes, second chance I hope," according to video published by TMZ.
The embattled mega-producer is facing fallout from bombshell stories published in the last week in which models, actresses and other women who worked in the entertainment industry accused him of serial sexual harassment, including rape.
Cinema's most prestigious international film festivals have condemned the alleged actions of Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein.
Cannes Film Festival President Pierre Lescure and general delegate Thierry Frémaux issued a joint statement on Wednesday that said they were "dismayed" to learn of the accusations of harassment and sexual violence against the embattled former Weinstein Co. honcho.