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These Are the Women Accusing Harvey Weinstein of Sexual Harassment

From TIME - October 5, 2017

Film producer and Hollywood executive Harvey Weinstein is taking a leave of absence after a New York Times report detailed decades of sexual harassment allegations against him.

According to the report, the Oscar-winning producer and Miramax co-founder invited several actors and female employees to various hotels for business meetings but behaved inappropriately when they arrived. The women allege that he asked for massages, appeared naked, and, in one case, asked a woman to watch him shower.

"There is a toxic environment for women at this company," Lauren O'Connor, an employee at the Weinstein Company, wrote in a 2015 memo to company executives, according to the Times.

Weinstein has reached settlements with at least eight of the women who accused him of sexual misconduct, according to the Times.

In a statement to the Times, Weinstein said he is "trying to do better."

"I appreciate the way I have behaved with my colleagues in the past has caused a lot of pain, and I sincerely apologize for it," he said.

In addition to O'Connor, the story also names several other women who had reported sexual misconduct involving Weinstein, including actor Rose McGowan, Zelda Perkins (then an assistant to Weinstein), Emily Nestor (a temporary employee of Weinstein's in 2014) and Italian model Ambra Battilana (who called New York police in 2015 after Weinstein allegedly groped her, the Times reported).

After the Times story went live on Thursday, Weinstein's lawyer Charles Harder emailed TIME that the story was "saturated with false and defamatory statements." He also said that he planned to sue the newspaper and that the Times story " relies on mostly hearsay accounts and a faulty report."

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