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“He overpowered me”: Harvey Weinstein accused of raping three women in an explosive new report

Warning: Content contains graphic and disturbing cases of sexual assault.

By Candice Mehta-Culjak
The New Yorker has published a damning expose in which three women accuse film producer Harvey Weinstein of rape.
It comes just days after a bombshell article from the New York Times alleged that the movie mogul had been sexually harassing employees and aspiring actresses for decades.
The piece, written by Ronan Farrow -- the son of Mia Farrow and Woody Allen, details a series of disturbing allegations including Weinstein performing unwanted oral sex, forcing oral sex to be performed on him, and forcing vaginal sex.
Asia Argento, an Italian film actress and director, told the publication that Weinstein forced oral sex on her some 20 years ago. She said she did not speak out earlier because she was scared Weinstein would "crush" her.
“I know he has crushed a lot of people before,” she said in the report. “That’s why this story — in my case, it’s 20 years old, some of them are older — has never come out.”
Argento went on to describe the incident as a “horrible trauma,” adding that she was “terrified” of the executive.
Asia is pictured with the movie mogul.
The Italian actress was 21 when she met Weinstein, as Miramax was distributing her thriller B. Monkey.
Lucia Evans, a former aspiring actress, said that Weinstein forced her to perform oral sex on him in 2004.
"I said, over and over, 'I don't want to do this, stop, don't,'" she told The New Yorker. "I tried to get away, but maybe I didn't try hard enough. I didn't want to kick him or fight him. He's a big guy. He overpowered me. I just sort of gave up.”
She added: “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."
Another woman, who was afraid to have her name published, said that Weinstein brought her to a hotel room for a business meeting. She said he then changed into a bathrobe and forced himself on her sexually.
"I was in a vulnerable position and I needed my job,” she told the publication. “It just increases the shame and the guilt.”
In the damning expose, four more women said they had experienced unwanted touching and four others said Weinstein masturbated in front of them or exposed himself.
Sallie Hofmeister, a spokeswoman for Weinstein, vehemently denied the allegations in a statement to the magazine.
“Any allegations of non-consensual sex are unequivocally denied by Mr. Weinstein,” the statement read. “Mr. Weinstein has further confirmed that there were never any acts of retaliation against any women for refusing his advances. 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.”
The most influential names in Hollywood have now been forced to renounce him or have themselves been embroiled in the accusations.
Meryl Streep, who called Weinstein “God” in her 2012 Golden Globe acceptance speech, quickly condemned the producer, saying the "disgraceful news about Harvey Weinstein has appalled those of us whose work he championed".
George Clooney has also spoken out on the alleged sexual-misconduct allegations.
“It’s indefensible. That’s the only word you can start with,” he told The Daily Beast. “Harvey’s admitted to it, and it’s indefensible.”