‘We were sexually harassed’

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(FILES) This file photo taken on October 10, 2017 shows (COMBO) This combination of pictures created on October 10, 2017 shows recent images of (from L) Italian actress Asia Argento, French actress Judith Godreche and US actresses Angelina Jolie and Gwyneth Paltrow. Italian film star Asia Argento claims that disgraced Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein allegedly assaulted her, in a bombshell New Yorker expose published on October 10, 2017. The New York Times, as well as various entertainment media, separately reported on that the litany of Weinstein's harassment victims also included Gwyneth Paltrow, Hollywood A-lister Angelina Jolie, and French actress Judith Godreche, all say they too were victims of his unwanted advances. Picture: AFP

A mounting number of women, including Hollywood’s Angelina Jolie and Gwyneth Paltrow, have come forward to claim they were also sexually harassed by producer Harvey Weinstein.

The accusations come a week after an article published in the New York Times reported Weinstein had been accused of sexual harassment by multiple women over decades.

The accusations come just days after close to a dozen women, led by Ashley Judd and Rose McGowan, recounted acts of sexual harassment by the producer, acclaimed for a number of Oscar-winning films such as Shakespeare In Love and The Artist. This led to Weinstein’s production company issuing a statement announcing it had fired him.

Yesterday, South African-born actress Charlize Theron also voiced her disgust at the revelations, following her work with the disgraced Hollywood mogul in films such Cider House Rules and Reindeer Games.

Through Twitter, Theron praised the women who have spoken out about the abuse, adding that while she did not have any similar experience with him, she was not surprised as this was a culture that not only exists in Hollywood but all over the world.

French actress Florence Darel became the latest star to reveal that she was harassed by the disgraced Hollywood producer.

Darel, 49, who first came to notice in Eric Rohmer’s “A Tale of Springtime” in 1990, told Le Parisien newspaper that Weinstein had promised to help make her big in America if she became his “part-time” mistress.

She said she first had to beat off his advances after Weinstein’s company Miramax bought the 1993 fashion industry comedy “A la mode” in which she appeared.

The following year, pushed by her agent, she agreed to meet Weinstein in a Paris hotel.

“He talked to me about a film he wanted to make about World War II and then he began to tell me that he found me very attractive and wanted to have an affair with me,” Darel told the paper.

MPHO KOBELI additional reporting by AFP 

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