Everything You Need to Know About the Harvey Weinstein Scandal -- From the Accusations to the Fallout


As the scandal surrounding Harvey Weinstein continues to develop every day, with more celebrities condemning the producer's alleged actions or coming out with their own claims of sexual harassment, ET is looking back and breaking down the scandal as it's developed.

From a look at Weinstein's rise to Hollywood power before the scandal broke, to the big-name stars who claim that they were harassed by him, to the producer's current sex addition treatment, here's everything you need to know about the massive controversy.

The Hollywood Mogul

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Harvey Weinstein has been a powerful and influential Hollywood producer for decades. The media mogul and his brother, Bob Weinstein co-founded the independent film distribution studio Miramax in 1979 and in 2005, they left to start their own independent movie studio, The Weinstein Company.

Through his decades in art house production and distribution of wildly profitable films, the 65-year-old executive formed friendships and professional connections with a huge number of A-list celebrities and celebrated filmmakers, often early in their careers.

In 1987, Weinstein married his personal assistant at Miramax, Eve Chilton. The pair, who share three daughters -- Lilly, 22, Emma, 19, and Ruth, 14 -- later divorced in 2004.

Later that same year, he began dating English fashion designer and Marchesca co-founder Georgina Chapman, They tied the knot in 2007 and share two kids -- 7-year-old daughter India and 4-year-old son, Dashiell

First Reports Surface

While many insiders have come forth to say that rumors of Weinstein's inappropriate conduct have been circulating around Hollywood for years, the first major report detailing specific allegations was published by The New York Times on Oct. 5.

The report -- which claims Weinstein has reached at least eight settlements with women over sexual harassment claims from 1990 to 2015 -- featured an interview with Ashley Judd, who was the first big-name star to go on the record with her allegation that Weinstein sexually harassed her.

Judd claimed Weinstein invited her to The Peninsula Beverly Hills hotel for a breakfast business meeting, but was surprised when he sent her up to his suite. Judd claims the producer appeared in a bathrobe and alleges that, despite her repeated rejections, he continuously requested intimate favors from her -- including a massage, a shoulder rub and allegedly asking if she would watch him take a shower.

Weinstein Responds, Apologizes and Threatens to Sue

In a statement to ET, Weinstein's lawyer, Charles J. Harder, said the New York Times report was "saturated with false and defamatory statements," and that it "relies on mostly hearsay accounts and a faulty report, apparently stolen from an employee personnel file, which has been debunked by nine different eyewitnesses."

"We sent the Times the facts and evidence, but they ignored it and rushed to publish," Harder stated. "We are preparing the lawsuit now.  All proceeds will be donated to women’s organizations."

After the report was published, Weinstein released a lengthy statement to the New York Times where he wrote, "I came of age in the ‘60s and ‘70s, when all the rules about behavior and workplaces were different. That was the culture then. I have since learned it’s not an excuse – in the office or out of it. To anyone."

Weinstein also stated, "I appreciate the way I’ve behaved with colleagues in the past has caused a lot of pain, and I sincerely apologize for it.  Though I’m trying to be better, I have a long way to go. This is my commitment. My journey now will be to learn about myself and conquer my demons… I so respect all women and regret what happened."

Over the past year, high-profile attorney Lisa Bloom had been advising Weinstein on "gender and power dynamics," according to The New York Times.

"I'm working with a guy who has behaved badly over the years, who is genuinely remorseful, who says, you know, 'I have caused a lot of pain,'" said Bloom -- who took some heat while serving as Weinstein's advisor from critics who accused her of defending his behavior -- on Good Morning America on Oct. 6.

The next day, however, Bloom announced that she had resigned from the position, tweeting, "My understanding is that Mr. Weinstein and his board are moving toward an agreement."

Accusers Continue to Come Forward

The NYT article spoke with eight women who alleged that they'd been targets of Weinstein's sexual harassment, and many others have come out with their own stories in the days following the report. Some accusers spoke with Ronan Farrow for a New Yorker piece that led to Weinstein's rep releasing a statement. 

"Any allegations of non-consensual sex are unequivocally denied by Mr. Weinstein. Mr. Weinstein has further confirmed that there were never any acts of retaliation against any women for refusing his advances," reads the statement. "Mr. Weinstein obviously can’t speak to anonymous allegations, but with respect to any women who have made allegations on the record, Mr. Weinstein believes that all of these relationships were consensual. Mr. Weinstein has begun counseling, has listened to the community and is pursuing a better path."

Here are some of the A-list stars who are among the myriad of accusers.

- Mira Sorvino

The Oscar-winning actress claimed in a lengthy New Yorker expose that Weinstein sexually harassed her and tried to pressure her into a physical relationship while they worked together. Sorvino alleges that during the Toronto International Film Festival in September 1995, she warded off Weinstein's advances in a hotel room, telling him it was against her religion to date married men."He started massaging my shoulders, which made me very uncomfortable, and then tried to get more physical, sort of chasing me around," she alleged.

- Rosanna Arquette

The Pulp Fiction actress claims she too rejected Weinstein's advances in a hotel room in the early '90s. She agreed to meet Weinstein for dinner at the Beverly Hills Hotel to look at a new script, but was told to meet him upstairs in his hotel room.

She then claimed Weinstein opened the door wearing a bathrobe, and after telling her he needed a massage, grabbed her hand. She alleges that the incident escalated when, after yanking her hand away, he allegedly grabbed it again and pulled it towards his visibly erect penis.

"My heart was really racing. I was in a fight-or-flight moment,” Arquette said. The actress claimed that, after rejecting Weinstein's advances, "He made things very difficult for me for years."

- Rose McGowan

The New York Times reports that Weinstein reached a previously undisclosed settlement with actress Rose McGowan in 1997 "after an episode in a hotel room" during the Sundance Film Festival, when she was 23 years old. The publication reports that they viewed legal documents that stated McGowan received a $100,000 settlement, which was "not to be construed as an admission" by Weinstein, but intended to "avoid litigation and buy peace."

While McGowan has not addressed the settlement directly, she's been vocal about the recent allegations on Twitter and has called on the entire board of directors at The Weinstein Company to resign.

- Asia Argento

The actress claimed Weinstein sexually assaulted her in 1997 at the Hôtel du Cap-Eden-Roc on the French Riviera when she was 21 years old. Argento says she came to the event for a party that Miramax was throwing, but found herself in a hotel room alone with Weinstein after a producer took her upstairs to him.

Argento alleges that, after reluctantly giving a massage to Weinstein, who was in his bathrobe, he forced her legs apart and performed oral sex on her after she repeatedly told him to stop. "[Weinstein] terrified me, and he was so big," Argento claims. "It wouldn’t stop. It was a nightmare. ... I was not willing."

- Gwyneth Paltrow

The Shakespeare In Love actress spoke with The New York Times in an article published on Oct. 10, where she alleges that Weinstein summoned her to his suite at the Peninsula Beverly Hills hotel for a work meeting when she was 22, before production began on the 1996 romantic dramedy Emma. The meeting allegedly ended with the producer placing his hands on her and suggesting they head to the bedroom for massages.

"I was a kid, I was signed up, I was petrified,” Paltrow said, adding that she refused his alleged advances, and told a few friends, family members, her agent, and her then-boyfriend, Brad Pitt. ET has learned that Pitt "strongly confronted [Weinstein] and told him repeatedly that it better never happen again."

- Angelina Jolie

Jolie recounted a time when Weinstein allegedly made unwanted advances during the release of Playing by Heart in 1998. "I had a bad experience with Harvey Weinstein in my youth, and as a result, chose never to work with him again and warn others when they did," Jolie told The New York Times in an email. "This behavior towards women in any field, any country is unacceptable."

- Lauren Sivan

The TV reporter told the Huffington Post that in 2007, she went to eat at an restaurant that Weinstein owned and claims he invited her downstairs to tour the kitchen and then attempted to kiss her.

"I immediately rebuffed and said, 'Whoa, whoa, whoa. I had no idea that that’s what this was. I’m sorry, I have a very serious boyfriend and I’m not interested,'" she told the Post, claiming that Weinstein then blocked the door and proceeded to masturbate in front of her. "[He] said, ‘Well, then stand there and be quiet’ … It happened very quickly and he immediately exposed himself and began pleasuring himself."

- Cara Delevingne

The model-turned-actress took to Instagram on Oct. 11 with allegations that Weinstein had sexually harassed her on two different occasions. According to Delevingne, she first heard from Weinstein in her early years as an actress. "I was working on a film and I received a call from Harvey Weinstein asking if I had slept with any of the women I was seen out with in the media," she claims, calling their talk "odd and uncomfortable."

Delevingne says her next encounter with Weinstein occurred "a year or two later," when he Weinstein allegedly brought her to his hotel room and tried to get her to kiss another woman who was already waiting there.

"I swiftly got up and asked him if he knew that I could sing. And I began to sing....I thought it would make the situation better....more professional....like an audition....I was so nervous," she wrote. "After singing I said again that I had to leave. He walked me to the door and stood in front of it and tried to kiss me on the lips. I stopped him and managed to get out of the room."

These are just some of the woman who have stepped forward with claims of sexual harassment and assault. Other accusers include several of Weinstein's former employees -- Emily Nestor, Lauren O’Connor, Lauren Madden, and Zelda Perkins -- as well as actresses Heather Graham, Lucia Evans, Emma de Caunes, Jessica Barth, Romola Garai, Katherine Kendall, Tomi-Ann Roberts, Judith Godrèche, Léa Seydoux, and Louisette Geiss.

Costume designer Dawn Dunning, charity coordinator Louise Godbold, model Zoe Brock, artist and writer Liza Campbell, and model Ambra Battilana Gutierrez have also spoken out with allegations of sexual misconduct, and the accusations stretch back nearly 30 years.

A spokesperson for Weinstein, Sallie Hofmeister, issued a statement to The New Yorker in response to the allegations, and said Weinstein denies any allegations of non-consensual sex.

“Any allegations of non-consensual sex are unequivocally denied by Mr. Weinstein. Mr. Weinstein has further confirmed that there were never any acts of retaliation against any women for refusing his advances," the statement reads. "Mr. Weinstein obviously can’t speak to anonymous allegations, but with respect to any women who have made allegations on the record, Mr. Weinstein believes that all of these relationships were consensual. Mr. Weinstein has begun counseling, has listened to the community and is pursuing a better path. Mr. Weinstein is hoping that, if he makes enough progress, he will be given a second chance."

Celebs Condemn the Allegations

In the wake of the massive sexual harassment scandal, many stars began speaking out against Weinstein and a pervasive culture of sexism and sexual misconduct that some say permeates the entire entertainment industry.

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Meryl Streep said in a statement to The Huffington Post that "The disgraceful news about Harvey Weinstein has appalled those of us whose work he championed, and those whose good and worthy causes he supported," adding, "The intrepid women who raised their voices to expose this abuse are our heroes."

It was a sentiment shared by many of Streep's fellow A-listers, including Judi Dench, Kate Winslet, Glenn Close, Mark Ruffalo, Cate Blanchett, Jennifer Lawrence, Matt Damon, George Clooney, Christian Slater, Nicole Kidman, Leonardo Dicaprio, Benedict Cumberbatch, and dozens of others.

Many of those who spoke out against Weinstein's alleged actions also said that there were rumors that he behaved inappropriately, but the extent of the accusations was largely unknown.

According to Jessica Chastain, however, the stories of misconduct were more pervasive than people have acknowledged.

"I was warned from the beginning. The stories were everywhere. To deny that is to create an environment for it to happen again," Chastain tweeted on Oct. 9.

Chastain also tweeted her support for a Variety article by critic Maureen Ryan about the need for men in Hollywood to take a vocal stand against pervasive sexual harassment in the industry.

"Yes. I'm sick of the media demanding only women speak up. What about the men? Perhaps many are afraid to look at their own behavior....." she wrote.

The Fallout

- His Termination

The Weinstein Company board of representatives -- which includes Weinstein's brother -- released a statement to ET on Oct. 8 announcing that the embattled producer's employment had been "terminated, effective immediately."

On Oct. 10, the board released a follow-up statement again decrying Weinstein's actions and promising to conduct an independent investigation and assist in any criminal investigations.

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"[We] are shocked and dismayed by the recently emerged allegations of extreme sexual misconduct and sexual assault by Harvey Weinstein," the statement read. "These alleged actions are antithetical to human decency. These allegations come as an utter surprise to the Board. Any suggestion that the Board had knowledge of this conduct is false."

"We are committed to assisting with our full energies in all criminal or other investigations of these alleged acts, while pursuing justice for the victims and a full and independent investigation of our own," they added.

The Weinstein Company announced in a statement on March 19 that they had filed for bankruptcy, and revealed their decision to end all legally binding non-disclosure agreements that had allegedly been used by the disgraced former movie mogul to silence accusers.

"Today, the Company also takes an important step toward justice for any victims who have been silenced by Harvey Weinstein," the company stated. "Since October, it has been reported that Harvey Weinstein used non-disclosure agreements as a secret weapon to silence his accusers. Effective immediately, those 'agreements' end."

"The Company expressly releases any confidentiality provision to the extent it has prevented individuals who suffered or witnessed any form of sexual misconduct by Harvey Weinstein from telling their stories," the statement continued. "No one should be afraid to speak out or coerced to stay quiet. The Company thanks the courageous individuals who have already come forward. Your voices have inspired a movement for change across the country and around the world."

The statement also said TWC "regrets that it cannot undo the damage Harvey Weinstein caused, but hopes that today’s events will mark a new beginning."

- His USC Endowment

In the apology statement he sent to The New York Times, Weinstein claimed he had begun organizing a $5 million endowment for the University of Southern California -- which would grant scholarships to aspiring female directors at the university -- long before the allegations came to light, writing, "While this might seem coincidental, it has been in the works for a year. It will be named after my mom and I won't disappoint her."

On Oct. 10, USC rejected the proposed $5 million endowment.

- His Marriage

Chapman announced on Oct. 10 that she plans to leave her husband in the wake of the allegations.

"My heart breaks for all the women who have suffered tremendous pain because of these unforgivable actions. I have chosen to leave my husband,” Chapman said in a statement to People. "Caring for my young children is my first priority and I ask the media for privacy at this time."

Weinstein addressed their split in a statement obtained by ET after the allegations broke: "Over the last week, there has been a lot of pain for my family that I take responsibility for."

"I sat down with my wife Georgina, who I love more than anything, and we discussed what was best for our family. We discussed the possibility of a separation and I encouraged her to do what was in her heart. In the end, she made the decision to separate. I understand, I love her and I love our children and hopefully, when I am better, I will be in their lives again. I support her decision, I am in counseling and perhaps, when I am better, we can rebuild."

A source close to Chapman told ET that she is "not doing well,"  following the storm of accusations and the couple's subsequent split. "She is very upset and feels defeated," the source said. "She is not concerned about her own finances whatsoever."

The source added that Chapman, who is currently living in New York City, "always knew [Weinstein] exhibited questionable behavior."

A source told ET in January that Chapman and Weinstein had reached a divorce settlement. 

NEWS: Harvey Weinstein Heads to Arizona Treatment Facility Amid Scandal, Source Says

Weinstein Seeks Treatment

On Oct.10, it was reported that Weinstein was planning on leaving the country to seek treatment for sex addiction at a live-in facility overseas.

However, a source told ET on Oct. 11 that his originally-planned trip was delayed due to "plane issues." Hours later, a source told ET that the film producer has flown out of Los Angeles and is headed to Arizona to receive treatment. According to the source, Weinstein was planning to go to Switzerland for treatment, but his brother, Bob, suggested he go to The Meadows in Arizona. 

On Oct.12, our source said Weinstein's private plane actually made a last-minute diversion to Scottsdale, Arizona, instead of landing in Wickenburg -- which is near The Meadows rehab center.

The source says that there is a continuing discussion within Weinstein’s team about where he will officially receive his treatment, since the team is worried about information leaking from a live-in treatment facility. While the plan was originally to go to The Meadows, according to the source, there is potential for leaks since the center is such a popular treatment facility for celebrities.

The new plan is for Weinstein “to receive treatment at a private Arizona residence that is isolated from the public eye," the source says, adding that therapists will come to the location and treat him in private one-on-one settings.  

The Arrest

Weinstein was taken into custody on May 25 in New York, where he pleaded not guilty to rape and other sex crime charges filed by the Manhattan District Attorney's office.

ET can confirm that the 66-year-old former movie mogul turned himself in to police in New York City just before 7:30 a.m. ET. 

"Today, at the NYPD’s 1st Precinct, Harvey Weinstein was arrested, processed and charged with rape, criminal sex act, sex abuse and sexual misconduct for incidents involving two separate women," read a statement from the New York City Police Department at the time. "The NYPD thanks these brave survivors for their courage to come forward and seek justice. The arrest and ensuing charges are the result of a joint investigation between the NYPD and the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office."

Weinstein surrendered to police after the Manhattan District Attorney's office and NYPD's months-long investigation into allegations of sexual abuse. He was arraigned later that morning, and was charged with rape in the first degree for two alleged incidences involving two different women in 2013 and 2014.

“Today’s charges reflect significant progress in this active, ongoing investigation,” said District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance, Jr. “I thank the brave survivors who have come forward, and my office’s prosecutors who have worked tirelessly on this investigation. I would also like to thank Commissioner James O’Neill and our dedicated partners at the NYPD. We urge additional survivors and others with relevant information to call our sex crimes hotline at 212-335-9373.” 

Weinstein's attorney, Ben Brafman, released a statement to ET following the arraignment, which reads: "Mr. Weinstein has always maintained that he has never engaged in non-consensual sexual behavior with anyone. Nothing about today's proceedings changes Mr. Weinstein's position. He has entered a plea of not guilty and fully expects to be exonerated."

A source tells ET that Weinstein did post bail and left the courthouse following his arraignment. 

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