The floodgates are open and the fallout continues for Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein.
The New Yorker's Weinstein expose published Tuesday includes allegations that the renowned producer raped at least three actresses, including action film star Asia Argento.
According to Ronan Farrow, who authored the piece, most of the women he interviewed had experiences similar to those already revealed: Weinstein approached them with the promise of film stardom, only to request they achieve A-list status by watching him shower, giving him a massage, or standing still while he masturbated in front of them.
But Argento, apsiring actress Lucia Evans, and at least one other woman say Weinstein went beyond just exposing himself and propositioning — he actually used his power to force them to have sex with him. Argento went on the record with The New Yorker, noting that she felt Weinstein would "crush" her if her story ever saw the light of day.
Asia Argento, an Italian film actress and director, told me that she did not speak out until now–Weinstein, she told me, forcibly performed oral sex on her—because she feared that Weinstein would “crush” her. “I know he has crushed a lot of people before,” Argento said. “That’s why this story—in my case, it’s twenty years old, some of them are older—has never come out.”
Three women claim Weinstein forced them into sexual intercourse, "allegations that include forcibly performing or receiving oral sex and forcing vaginal sex," Farrow writes. Nine other women say Weinstein touched them inappropriately; all of the women say what they experienced was "sexual assault."
There are other dramatic revelations in Farrow's piece. Sixteen Weinstein Company executives told The New Yorker investigative journalists that they knew or suspected Weinstein had been using his position to cow women into sexual favors. All 16 also told Farrow that Weinstein's behavior was an "open secret," and that Weinstein preyed on young women who worked for the company, using meetings and gatherings as pretexts for sexual harassment.
Two other actresses, Mira Sorvino and Rosanna Arquette, told Farrow that they suspected that, if they rebuffed Weinstein's advances, he'd destroy them in the media or sour their reputation in the film industry.
The New Yorker delves deep, relating both Evans' and Argento's story in horrifically painful detail, but the magazine is also clear that their investigation is by no means exhaustive, which may be the most horrific part of the story.