The latest developments in the Harvey Weinstein sexual-harassment scandal as they happen:
Directors Guild files disciplinary charges against Weinstein
The Directors Guild of America broke with its policy of not disclosing its internal affairs Saturday by announcing it filed disciplinary charges against Harvey Weinstein on Oct. 13.
According to a statement provided by the DGA to the Los Angeles Times, the union “decided to make an exception in this case.”
“As directors and team members who solve problems for a living,” president Thomas Schlamme said, “we are committed to eradicating the scourge of sexual harassment on our industry. Unless we recognize what has become so acceptable in our culture and how we possibly, even unconsciously, are participants, everything else will be meaningless.”
Weinstein has two directorial credits in IMDB: The Gnomes’ Great Adventure (1987) and Playing for Keeps (1986).
The DGA is the third group to initiate disciplinary proceedings against Weinstein. The Academy kicked him out on Oct. 14; the Producers Guild began proceedings two days later and the Television Academy followed Friday.
Weinstein’s camp responds to criticism that he’s not taking rehab seriously
After multiple reports and op-eds criticizing Harvey Weinstein for not taking his sex- addiction rehabilitation program seriously, his representative has responded with a statement about his treatment plan.
“Mr. Weinstein is receiving inpatient as well as outpatient medical treatment for the next month or so,” Sallie Hofmeister told USA TODAY.
On Friday, Weinstein made his psychologist available to TMZ on the condition that they did not identify him.
Rather than sleeping through group sessions and ranting about being the victim of a conspiracy, the psychologist said Weinstein “was able to focus on his therapy despite a ton of distractions” and was present and “fully engaged” at all required meetings.
As for the alleged rants, he said, “There were things that triggered (Weinstein’s) anger and our job was to help him recognize where it was coming from and how to control it. But he was not venting about some conspiracy to get him. It was an appropriate display of anger.”
After Harvey Weinstein announced he has a “different recollection of events” from the night Lupita Nyong’o visited his home while in drama school, fellow accuser Rose McGowan put the producer on notice.
“Watch out,” she told Weinstein on Twitter Friday night. “If you come for one of us, you come for all of us,” adding the hashtags #RoseArmy and #LupitaNyongo.
The embattled producer’s representative told Variety in a statement Friday that “Mr. Weinstein has a different recollection of the events, but believes Lupita is a brilliant actress and a major force for the industry,” adding that, “last year, she sent a personal invitation to Mr. Weinstein to see her in her Broadway show Eclipsed.”
On Thursday, Nyong’o detailed her account of her 2011 encounter with Weinstein at his Connecticut home in the New York Times.
After a tense dinner in which he changed her drink order from juice to diet soda and vodka, they went back to his home in Westport where he interrupted a screening of his current film to tell Nyong’o he wanted to show her something in another part of the house.
“Harvey led me into a bedroom — his bedroom — and announced that he wanted to give me a massage,” she said, echoing many accounts by other women who said the producer asked them for the same thing. “I thought he was joking at first. He was not. For the first time since I met him, I felt unsafe. I panicked a little and thought quickly to offer to give him one instead: It would allow me to be in control physically, to know exactly where his hands were at all times.”
After a few minutes, Nyong’o said Weinstein told her he wanted to take off his pants.
“I told him not to do that and informed him that it would make me extremely uncomfortable,” she recalled. “He got up anyway to do so and I headed for the door, saying that I was not at all comfortable with that.”
She attempted to establish boundaries and a strictly professional relationship with the producer but it became clear during a dinner in New York that he would not relent. Weinstein told her, “Let’s cut to the chase. I have a private room upstairs where we can have the rest of our meal.”
Nyong’o said that when she turned him down, Weinstein said she had “no idea what (she was) passing up.”
She replied, “With all due respect, I would not be able to sleep at night if I did what you are asking, so I must pass.”
McGowan, who settled with the producer in 1997 after she alleged he raped her at that year’s Sundance Film Festival, has been one of his most outspoken critics since the Weinstein scandal broke. She also called out Ben Affleck after he said he was unaware of the producer’s predatory behavior.