Weinstein Under Investigation For Rape In 3 Cities; Actress Joins List Of Accusers

LOS ANGELES (CBSLA/AP) — The Latest on sexual harassment and abuse allegations against Harvey Weinstein (all times local):

9:00 p.m.

According to TMZ, Weinstein is still in Arizona where he will be continuing an outpatient program to treat psychological issues. Weinstein’s psychologist told the celebrity website that Weinstein took the “intensive therapy” seriously and was “invested in the program.” The psychologist said he helped Weinstein focus on “dealing with his anger, his attitude toward others, boundary work and the beginnings of work on empathy.”

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8:30 p.m.

Actor Tom Hanks weighed in, calling the scandal a watershed moment for Hollywood.

“I think his last name will become a noun and a verb,” said Hanks. “It’ll become an identifying moniker for state of being for which there was a before and an after.”

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3:05 p.m.

A former television and stage actress says Harvey Weinstein ruined her career ambition after he exposed himself to her during a meeting in 1989.

Speaking at a Friday press conference with attorney Gloria Allred, Heather Kerr said that she been working in the office of an entertainment business manager and sometimes answered the phones. Weinstein was a frequent caller and at one point he suggested they meet at an office in Westwood. After she arrived, he told her to sit on the couch, sat next to her and kept telling her she needed to be “good” if she wanted to succeed. He then pulled down his zipper and exposed himself.

Kerr says she backed away from him, left the room and hurried out of the building. After some theater work, she quit acting. “I felt so powerless,” she tearfully recalled. Her acting credits in the 1980s include the TV shows “The Facts of Life” and “Mama’s Family.”

Weinstein is facing criminal charges in three cities after allegations of rape and sexual assault.

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10:10 a.m.

The Television Academy says it has voted to begin disciplinary proceedings against disgraced film mogul Harvey Weinstein.

The academy’s board of governors issued a statement Friday declaring that “sexual harassment in any form is abhorrent and totally unacceptable.”

The academy, which bestows the Emmy awards, said a hearing has been set for November to consider “action up to and including termination of academy membership.”

Weinstein has recently been accused of multiple acts of sexual harassment and assault spanning decades. He has been fired from The Weinstein Co., a TV and movie film production company he co-founded with his brother Bob. He already has been expelled from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, the Producers Guild and the British Academy of Film and Television Arts.

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5:30 a.m.

A group of staffers for the company co-founded by Harvey Weinstein have spoken out about the allegations of decades of sexual conduct against the media mogul by signing a letter stating they didn’t know they were “working for a serial sexual predator.”

The anonymous letter signed simply by “Select Members of The Weinstein Company Staff” was published online by The New Yorker on Thursday. In a separate story, the magazine says the letter was penned by about 30 Weinstein employees.

The employees say they knew of Weinstein’s “infamous temper” and that he could be “manipulative,” but didn’t know “that he used his power to systematically assault and silence women.”

Representatives for Weinstein and The Weinstein Company didn’t immediately return a request for comment Friday.

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More than 40 women have accused Weinstein, 65, of harassment or abuse. Actresses Gwyneth Paltrow, Angelina Jolie and Lupita Nyong’o have all accused Weinstein of harassment, while actresses Asia Argento and Rose McGowan have accused the film mogul of raping them.

Nyong’o accused Weinstein of several incidents of harassment in an op-ed piece published by The New York Times on Thursday, including a 2011 incident in which she said the mogul tried to give her a massage at his Connecticut home. She refused, instead giving the mogul a massage and leaving when he said he wanted to take off his pants, Nyong’o wrote.

The stories of harassment and abuse dating back decades has left to the total downfall of a producer who once ruled Hollywood’s awards season with a string of contenders including “Shakespeare in Love,” for which he shared an Oscar, and films such as “The King’s Speech” and “Silver Linings Playbook.”

Since The New York Times published its initial expose on Oct. 5, Weinstein has been fired from the company he co-founded, expelled from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and the producers guild has initiated his expulsion. Honors conferred by Harvard University and the British Film Institute have been rescinded, and several Democratic lawmakers have donated political contributions they received from Weinstein to charity.

Ring said in a statement Thursday that the breadth of accusations against Weinstein compelled his client to speak to police.

“My client is grateful to all the courageous women who have already come forward to finally expose Weinstein,” Ring said. “These women may not have realized it, but they gave my client the support and encouragement to hold Weinstein accountable for this horrible act.”

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  1. Olga Plusch says:

    To whom it may concern.
    During this case of Harvey Weinstein and movement #MeToo I want to support all women who have been through this and say thank you for being brave enough to say about. Unfortunately, there are also children out there who have been through this, but they cannot be loud about this because they are still scared, ashamed, embarrassed, still are not safe and not protected. There is one story I believe should be told. I really hope by sharing this information there would be a chance to protect these specific children and all other children, who were molested, who have become victims of physical, mental and sexual abuse.
    October 18, 2017, Matthew Stoney Olson was convicted of the crime he never did and might go to jail up to 35 years.
    This person is a loving and caring DAD, who don’t drink, don’t smoke, don’t use drugs, who is hardworking and provides for his children, who have been trying to protect his children – his daughter and his son from their mother’s boyfriend for years. Both of them have been threatening and doing things to put Mattew Stoney Olson to jail since 2007 so that their mother to have a full custody and her boyfriend to have absolute power and control of these children and be able to do anything he wanted and not being punished for that. She was putting discs to Matthew Olson’s car with child pornography back in 2007. Also, she asked her older twins daughters, who were using drugs to accused him of having sex with them. Eventually one of them admitted that nothing ever happened.
    Her boyfriend has been using Matthew Olson name on Facebook to talk to other children.
    The guy who has been smoking drugs in front of the Matthew Olson’s children, who physically, mentally and sexually abused them, molested them, made them watch pornography and touch each other. In 2015 this information has been provided to the Judge in a civil court of Circle, Montana where they all are living. The result was a restraining order that does not allow him to be around the children and communicate with them. The same information has been provided to the local police. Since that time there was no investigation and there are still no charges against this guy.
    During this period of time videos and photos of child pornography were downloaded to one of the computers that have been in their father’s house. Some of this videos have been downloaded when Mattew Stoney Olson was still at work. Also, it is important to note that his house was never locked and the computer was on almost all the time. So it was not hard for another person to do it.
    And finally, their mother and her boyfriend succeeded.
    October 16 – 18, 2017 there was a trial against Matthew Stoney Olson, who was found guilty of having possession and receiving videos and photos of child pornography on the computer that was in his house. During this trial, it was legally not allowed by a Judge even to mention about the physical and sexual abuse that has been done to these children by that guy to give the complete background story. The reason was that this guy was not there and couldn’t defend himself. Even though he has been subpoenaed to court by the lawyer of Matthew Stoney Olson he never showed up. So there were almost no chances to convince juries that Mattew Olson didn’t do it and they found him guilty. Now when he is going to jail there is no one who can protect his children and they might become victims of that guy again because their mother doesn’t believe her own children and still have relationships with him and let him be in her house when children are with their father.
    It is worth to mention that this guy was arrested for beating up his own son and sat in jail for this. So these children might be in danger…
    Why is it so unfair? Why this guy is still not punished and free, but the person who is not guilty, but just couldn’t prove it, is going to jail up to 35 years?
    This injustice is ruining people’s lives. I truly hope for understanding and I believe that there will be someone who can help and change this situation, someone who does care about justice and can help this family. Thank you in advance!

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