The Latest: Clinton ‘shocked’ by Weinstein accusations


NEW YORK (AP) – The Latest on sexual harassment allegations against Harvey Weinstein (all times local):

2:25 p.m.

Hillary Clinton says she’s “shocked and appalled” by the revelations of sexual abuse and harassment being leveled at movie mogul Harvey Weinstein.

She says in a written statement issued Tuesday the behavior being reported by women “cannot be tolerated.”

Clinton adds the women are showing courage in coming forward with their allegations. And the Democratic former presidential candidate says the support of other women “is critical in helping to stop this kind of behavior.”

Clinton has been a beneficiary of the Weinstein family’s donations. She says nothing about those donations in her statement.

The New Yorker magazine quotes Weinstein representative Sallie Hofmeister saying Weinstein denies “any allegations of non-consensual sex.”


1:25 p.m.

Gwyneth Paltrow, Angelina Jolie and other actresses have come forward with their own stories of sexual harassment by movie mogul Harvey Weinstein.

In a follow-up to its earlier expose, The New York Times on Tuesday reported many other actresses have in recent days added to the chorus of accusations surrounding Weinstein. Paltrow describes his attempt to lure her into giving him a massage in a hotel room when she was a young aspiring actress. Her then-boyfriend, Brad Pitt, confronted Weinstein at a film premiere.

Angelina Jolie says she has “a bad experience with Harvey Weinstein” in her youth. She says she has refused to work with him and has warned others.

Earlier Tuesday, The New Yorker magazine published a piece in which three women accused Weinstein of raping them.

The New Yorker quotes Weinstein representative Sallie Hofmeister saying “any allegations of non-consensual sex are unequivocally denied by Mr. Weinstein.”


1:05 p.m.

Ben Affleck has tweeted a condemnation of fallen movie mogul Harvey Weinstein.

Affleck got his big break in Hollywood as a writer and actor in “Good Will Hunting,” which was produced by Weinstein’s former company Miramax Films. Affleck says on Twitter he’s sickened by the news of sexual harassment allegations against Weinstein.

Earlier Tuesday, The New Yorker magazine published an article that included allegations Weinstein raped three women. A Weinstein representative says “any allegations of non-consensual sex are unequivocally denied by Mr. Weinstein.”

Affleck calls Weinstein’s behavior “completely unacceptable” and says he’s trying to figure out what he can do to prevent this from happening to others.

___11:15 a.m.

The New Yorker is reporting that Harvey Weinstein has previously raped three women, significantly intensifying the scandal surrounding the disgraced movie mogul.

A representative for Weinstein vehemently denied the allegations in a statement to the magazine.

The expose, published Tuesday, detailed allegations not just of sexual harassment but of three incidents involving rape.

Actress Asia Argento and a former aspiring actress named Lucia Evans went on the record to allege Weinstein forced himself on them sexually. A third woman spoke anonymously.

Attorneys for Weinstein did not immediately return messages Tuesday. The New Yorker quoted Weinstein representative Sallie Hofmeister responding that “any allegations of non-consensual sex are unequivocally denied by Mr. Weinstein.”

The article also cited a 2015 audio recording made by the New York Police department wherein Weinstein admits to groping a model named Ambra Battilana Guiterrez.


10:12 a.m.

TV’s late-night hosts mostly occupied themselves with skewering President Donald Trump in their monologues on Monday. But several made room to blast disgraced movie mogul Harvey Weinstein.

NBC’s Jimmy Fallon warned that if Weinstein didn’t give up his sexual-harassment habits, he might end up with his own show on Fox News Channel.

ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel said Hillary Clinton has taken contributions from a high-profile man accused of many acts of sexual harassment. In fact, two men: outspoken Clinton supporter Weinstein and Donald Trump.

And CBS’ Stephen Colbert noted that the Weinstein Co. might change its name in an effort to escape the Harvey Weinstein stigma. Colbert joked that a more positive new name now being considered is Asbestos Child Slappers Inc.


9:38 a.m.

George Clooney has called Harvey Weinstein’s alleged behavior “indefensible” in an interview where he suggested it was well known that the Weinstein Co. chairman was “a dog,” but that few understood his conduct constituted “harassment on a very high level.”

In remarks to the Daily Beast on Monday night, Clooney credited Weinstein for giving him his first big break as an actor in “From Dusk Till Dawn” and as a director in “Confessions of a Dangerous Mind.” But he said “I’ve never seen any of this behavior – ever.” “A lot of people are doing the ‘you had to know’ thing right now, and yes, if you’re asking if I knew that someone who was very powerful had a tendency to hit on young, beautiful women, sure,” said Clooney. “But I had no idea that it had gone to the level of having to pay off eight women for their silence, and that these women were threatened and victimized.”


3:09 a.m.

Condemnations of movie mogul Harvey Weinstein continue to mount, with Jennifer Lawrence joining the chorus of A-list actors criticizing the movie mogul over allegations he sexually harassed women for decades.

The allegations could prove to be a moment of reckoning for Hollywood, which is facing increased scrutiny over the fair treatment of women in the industry. Lawrence praised the women who came forward in an expose published last week by The New York Times that detailed Weinstein’s alleged harassment of actresses and employees.

Lawrence, who won an Oscar for the Weinstein-produced “Silver Linings Playbook,” says she was never harassed by the mogul. Among those weighing in were his longtime allies and beneficiaries Meryl Streep, Kate Winslet, Kevin Smith and Judi Dench. They spoke up with a combination of disgust over his alleged behavior and remorse or defensiveness over their own business entanglements with him.

Even the actors’ labor union SAG-AFTRA joined the chorus in condemning the disgraced movie mogul, calling reports of his alleged conduct “abhorrent and unacceptable.”

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