Harvey Weinstein accused of raping staff member in 1970s

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October 31, 2017 12:32:37

Harvey Weinstein grins on the red carpet
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The list of Harvey Weinstein’s accusers continues to grow. (Reuters: Olivia Harris)

Disgraced Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein is facing claims from four new accusers, including a woman who says she was raped in the 1970s, according to The New York Times.

The paper also reported the producer reached a financial settlement with a dancer in the 2000s over an incident during filming on Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights.

The New York Times story included the accounts of four new accusers, including a woman, Hope Exiner d’Amore, who told the paper Weinstein raped her in a hotel room in the late 1970s during a work trip.

Weinstein was working as a young concert promoter, and Ms Exiner a’Amore had recently begun working for him at the time of the alleged incident in a New York hotel room.

Cynthia Burr, who had background roles in Scarface and Lethal Weapon 2, accused Weinstein of forcing her to perform oral sex on him in a hallway.

Weinstein’s representative Sallie Hofmeister repeated a statement that he denies all allegations of non-consensual sex.

The paper also reported allegations by dancer Ashley Matthau, who said Weinstein accosted her in a hotel room in Puerto Rico while she was filming Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights in 2004.

The paper reported she reached a $US100,000 settlement with Weinstein after hiring a lawyer and being threatened by his attorney with having her name dragged through the mud.

List of accusers grows

The report comes two days after Sopranos actress Annabella Sciorra accused Weinstein of rape, alleging he barged his way into her apartment in the 1990s.

Actress Annabella Sciorra
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Annabella Sciorra starred in the hit US TV show The Sopranos. (AP: Charles Sykes)

Daryl Hannah also joined the list of accusers, saying he once tried to force his way into her hotel room.

Sciorra told The New Yorker that Weinstein “shoved” her onto her bed and they had non-consensual sexual intercourse.

Hannah told the magazine of fleeing her hotel room as Weinstein demanded to be let in.

The latest allegations come as allegations of sexual harassment spread further throughout Hollywood, with House of Cards star Kevin Spacey accused over an incident involving a 14-year-old boy in 1986.

Netflix announced its political drama would end after its upcoming sixth season.

In a joint statement with production company Media Rights Capital, Netflix said it was “deeply troubled” by the allegations against Spacey.

However, the decision to conclude the show was made several months ago, according to an anonymous source.

Promotional image for the Netflix series House of Cards
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Kevin Spacey is accused of sexual misconduct towards a 14-year-old boy in 1986. (Courtesy Netflix)

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sexual-offences,

law-crime-and-justice,

film,

united-states

First posted

October 31, 2017 11:41:44