Harvey Weinstein sexual harassment scandal

Actress accuses Weinstein of stalking and rape

Harvey Weinstein, with his wife, fashion designer Georgina Chapman
Harvey Weinstein, with his wife, fashion designer Georgina ChapmanPHOTO: EPA-EFE

LONDON • The storm surrounding producer Harvey Weinstein has picked up intensity.

Even as he has been booted out of the Academy Of Motion Picture Arts And Sciences, the 65-year-old has been accused of rape by another woman - British actress Lysette Anthony.

She is the fifth woman to level such claims against him.

The 54-year-old, who currently appears in British soap Hollyoaks, told Metropolitan Police last week she had originally met Weinstein in New York and agreed to meet him later at his rented house in London.

"The next thing I knew, he was half-undressed and he grabbed me. It was the last thing I expected and I fled," she told the Sunday Times.

Anthony, who appeared in Woody Allen's 1992 film Husbands And Wives, said Weinstein then began stalking her, turning up unannounced at her house.

"He pushed me inside and rammed me against the coat rack," she said of the attack in the 1980s. "Finally, I just gave up."

For me, I thought he was literally just going out there cheating in a pervasive way. It wasn't like he even had a mistress. It was one after another and that I was aware of. But as far as being in a room and hearing the description in The New York Times? No way.

BOB WEINSTEIN on being unaware of the behaviour of his brother Harvey

Two more names emerged in the scandal: The mother of former Bond Girl Eva Green has also told French radio that Weinstein had harassed her daughter for months.

British actress Alice Evans, who penned an essay for The Telegraph, said she had rejected his advances and believes it may have harmed her career.

On Saturday, the Academy Of Motion Picture Arts And Sciences expelled Weinstein, vowing that the era of "shameful complicity in sexually predatory behaviour" in the movie industry was over.

An emergency meeting of its 54-member board of governors, which includes stars such as Tom Hanks, Whoopi Goldberg and Laura Dern, voted "well in excess of the required two-thirds majority", it said.

Weinstein's family is also distancing themselves from him.

His wife, English fashion designer Georgina Chapman, has said she plans to divorce him.

His brother and business partner Bob told The Hollywood Reporter in an emotional interview published over the weekend that he knew the tycoon was a cheater. But he said he was unaware of the extent of Weinstein's "sick and depraved" behaviour.

"For me, I thought he was literally just going out there cheating in a pervasive way," he is quoted as saying. "It wasn't like he even had a mistress. It was one after another and that I was aware of.

"But as far as being in a room and hearing the description in The New York Times? No way."

Meanwhile, the Weinstein Company, which has fired the disgraced producer who had helped co-found the business, is exploring a sale or shutdown, reported the Wall Street Journal.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on October 16, 2017, with the headline 'Actress accuses Weinstein of stalking and rape'. Print Edition | Subscribe