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BREAKING: Top Democrat Accused of Rape
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One of the biggest Democratic supporters in Hollywood today has faced a barrage of sexual harassment allegations over the last week — but now, he’s being accused of all-out sexual assault.
Harvey Weinstein, a top Hollywood producer and major donor to the Democratic Party, is now facing new allegations of rape from three women.
Weinstein has been under the microscope since The New York Times published its bombshell report that the Hollywood executive allegedly sexually harassed countless women. The latest accusations of rape are now adding another layer to the Weinstein scandal.
Asia Argento and others make rape allegations
According to an exclusive report from The New Yorker, three women allege that Weinstein raped them. Two of the women, Asia Argento, a top European independent actress, and Lucia Evans, a former actress, told the magazine that he coercively received or performed oral sex and vaginal intercourse.
Many other actresses have come out publicly saying that Weinstein sexually harassed them. Like other thespians, Argento has reportedly kept quiet until now because she feared that Weinstein would “crush” her career.
She told the publication:
I know he has crushed a lot of people before. That’s why this story — in my case, it’s twenty years old; some of them are older — has never come out.
Argento went into full detail about what happened when she was raped in 1997: it occurred when she was 21 and they were in a hotel room together, which was supposed to be the location of a party that did not happen.
After some time alone, Weinstein went into the other room and came back in a bathrobe. He requested a massage and she acquiesced, which was followed by Weinstein performing oral sex on her while she “repeatedly told him to stop.”
For weeks afterward, Weinstein became obsessed with her, offering her expensive gifts. Interestingly enough, Argento conceded that she became close with Weinstein, dining with him and having consensual intercourse for about five years.
One of the instances occurred prior to the release of B. Monkey, and she believed that she had to be sexually involved with Weinstein as to not to anger him. Argento said she felt that he would ruin her career.
In 2000, Argento released her own film, Scarlet Divas, which features a scene where “a heavyset producer corners the character of Anna, who is played by Argento, in a hotel room, asks her for a massage, and tries to assault her.” Argento noted that many actresses came up to her after the film and said they recognized Weinstein’s behavior in the movie.
Years later, she told the magazine, she still feels “stupid and weak” for allowing Weinstein to take advantage of her. She said:
Just his body, his presence, his face, bring me back to the little girl that I was when I was twenty-one. When I see him, it makes me feel little and stupid and weak. After the rape, he won.
Other rape allegations
Lucia Evans, then an aspiring actress, told The New Yorker that she’d heard rumors about Weinstein, but agreed to a daytime meeting with a casting executive in 2004, thinking it would be safer. Instead, she found herself alone with Weinstein.
She says Weinstein forced her to perform oral sex on him. Evans explained:
I tried to get away, but maybe I didn’t try hard enough. I didn’t want to kick him or fight him.” In the end, she said, “He’s a big guy. He overpowered me.” At a certain point, she said, “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.”
A third woman, who was too afraid to reveal her name, told The New Yorker that “Weinstein brought her to a hotel room under a professional pretext, changed into a bathrobe, and ‘forced himself on me sexually.'” As to why she didn’t go to the police, she said she didn’t think she’d win over Weinstein: “I was in a vulnerable position and I needed my job.”
Hollywood, Democrats react
In the wake of the exploding scandal, many of the biggest celebrities in Hollywood have expressed their disapproval. Some Democratic politicians, including Patrick Leahy and Elizabeth Warren, whose campaigns received funds from Weinstein, have pledged to donate those funds to charities.
After days of silence, former President Barack Obama and Michelle Obama and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, both of whom received campaign donations from Weinstein, finally condemned his actions. But not everyone is upset about Weinstein’s abhorrent actions.
Writing in a now-deleted Instagram post, actress Lindsay Lohan came to the defense of the Hollywood producer. She noted that she doesn’t “think it’s right what’s going on.”
I feel very bad for Harvey Weinstein right now, I don’t think it’s right what’s going on. I think Georgina needs to take a stand and be there for her husband.
He’s never harmed me or did anything to me – we’ve done several movies together. I think everyone needs to stop – I think it’s wrong. So stand up.
When will it end?
Sexual assault, mendacity, and corruption are key factors in Hollywood. Despite Tinseltown’s declarations of righteousness at award shows and in television interviews, the entertainment industry is rife with iniquitous individuals and odious behavior.
Perhaps Tucker Carlson is correct: it is time for a federal investigation into Hollywood’s “culture of systemic sexual abuse.”
It has to stop.
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