New Weinstein accusations reported
The New York Times is reporting new sexual abuse allegations against Harvey Weinstein, including incidents dating back to the 1970s and a financial settlement the paper says the producer reached with a dancer in the 2000s.
A story published on Monday includes the accounts of four new accusers, including a woman, Hope Exiner d'Amore who told the paper Weinstein raped her in a hotel room in the late 1970s during a work trip. Cynthia Burr, who had background roles in Scarface and Lethal Weapon 2, accused Weinstein of forcing her to perform oral sex on him in the hallway.
Weinstein's representative Sallie Hofmeister repeated a statement that Mr Weinstein denies all allegations of non-consensual sex.Controversies rock Hollywood in 2017
The paper also reported allegations by dancer Ashley Matthau, who says Weinstein accosted her in a hotel room in Puerto Rico while she was filming Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights in 2004. The paper reported she reached a $US100,000 settlement with Weinstein after hiring a lawyer and being threatened by Weinstein's lawyer with having her name dragged through the mud.
The fresh allegations come as The Producers Guild of America announced it has banned Weinstein for life from the trade organisation.
"This unprecedented step is a reflection of the seriousness with which the Guild regards the numerous reports of Mr Weinstein's decades of reprehensible conduct. Sexual harassment can no longer be tolerated in our industry or within the ranks of Producers Guild membership," it said.Jazz and pop singer Keely Smith dies at 89