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. tonight on "20/20." >> the biggest names in movies on the biggest scandal in hollywood in years. >> the new allegations against harvey weinstein. >> sexual harassment allegations. >> this man has gone from the most powerful people in hollywood. >> i want to thank harvey wine teen. >> to being shunned by everybody. the powerhouse producer, creditocredit er. >> new accusations and assault ainst harvey weinstein. >> he grabbed me and started groping on my chest. >> from the super famous like an
mir mir mir mirra sorvigno. >> i think he's a monster. >> others who crossed his path. >> speaking out for the first time on camera. >> what are you doing? no! this is not okay. >> parties, women say with a guest list of two. >> where is everybody? >> their fears of his retaliation. >> this is unfair. >> i will never do another thing to you, five minutes. don't ruin your friendship with me. >> so why did the da do nothing as the settlements mounted. >> tonight they're silent no more. >> men might think it's a game they're winning and we have let them win. for a long time. >> i'm elizabeth vargas. >> and i'm david muir and this is "20/20." >> fade in to a los angeles skyline.
weinstein scandal saga begins with the premier of a film called "sex, lies and video." >> did you make one of these damn videotapes? >> it marks the arrival of hollywood executive harvey weinstein who heads up upstart studio called miramax. >> it trance forled the american film industry. made them the player and harvey was the man at miramax. >> cut to one year later. "sex lies and videotape" is up for best screen play. >> at a party before the big man. 20-year-old paula williams meets the rising mogul. she's a model looking to break into the business. >> i was very excited to meet him. >> he said he was having a dinner party.
with a lot of people that i should probably meet. >> reporter: now the scene shifts and so does the mood. paula says a week later weinstein sends her a car to bring her to that supposed dinner at his home in the hollywood hills. >> i walk in. and it's just harvey. and he immediately starts massaging my neck. i heard him open a bottle of champagne and i don't even think i had a sip, and he exposed himself. this was outrageous and i wanted it to be okay if i saw him again, and i didn't want him to say anything bad about me. >> reporter: paula says she escapes before anything happens. hopping over fences and running in high heels through neighbors yards. she ends up quitting the business, but the harvey weinstein story is still in its opening act. the next twenty five years will see him generate a remarkable string of hits. check the numbers. over $8 billion dollar at the
350 oscar nominations for his company's films, 80 wins. ♪ all that jazz and countless classic movie lines. and now a new metric, at least 35 women accusing weinstein of sexual misconduct. >> harvey weinstein is one of the most influential and powerful studio chiefs of recent vantage in hollywood, who turned out to be the worst sleazebag we could possibly have imagined, he apparently is reaping his just desserts. >> reporter: if weinstein ends up in handcuffs, it will be in large part due to the work of ronan farrow. his expose in this week's new yorker magazine includes statements from a stunning 13 different women, many of them famous actresses who tell different variations of the same harrowing tale.
actresses who appeared in miramax films in the mid 90s. rosanna arquette, seen here in pulp fiction. and mira sorvino, who an oscar for her role in "mighty aphrodite." >> hi. are you my 3:00? yeah, that's right. >> in mira's story to you she was in toronto film festival promoting mighty aphrodite. she had an encounter with harvey weinstein what happened? >> mira sorvino told me that harvey weinstein began to try to message her shoulders, that she was very uncomfortable. he began to try to get physical in other ways. this culminated in her running away from him and in her words him chasing her around a room. a few weeks later when she's back home in new york she says weinstein calls her after midnight -- >> and then showing up at her doorstep. and she talked about not being able to breathe because she was so terrified of his physical presence, of his power to affect
her career. she called a friend and said come quick to pose as a boyfriend. she was very, very scared. >> both rosanna arquette and mira sorvino, they do say the feel that their rejection of harvey weinstein led to difficulties in their career paths in hollywood. >> yes. they also felt confident that they were being bad mouthed after they had rejected him. that people were being told not to hire them. they felt in the words of mira sorvino, frozen out. >> i remember him saying welcome to the miramax family. >> the part of brother. >> reporter: up and coming actresses katherine kendll starred in the 1996 gen-x comedy swingers. she has her own story of a promising meeting with weinstein at the miramax offices in new york, all a pretext, she says, for her to go over to weinstein's apartment. >> he goes to the bathroom or something, and then he comes back out and he's fully naked.
and that's when i just thought, what is happening? how is this happening and what is he gonna do to me? >> reporter: kendall says when she tried to run away weinstein blocked the door. >> and says, well, at least just pick up your shirt and let me see your breasts. i'm like no. you know, at this point, i'm just shaking and i'm infuriated and terrified and insulted -- it was the first time i really saw that there are people in positions of power in hollywood, that can make or break things. if you're not willing to play the game, then you're not, maybe you know, you're not gonna go very far. >> reporter: she rejected his requests and managed to get away from him. slow dissolve, it's now january of 1997. hollywood descends on park city utah for the annual sundance
his element. and so is actress rose mcgowan, who previously starred in weinstein's blockbuster "scream." >> i want to go to bed with you. >> all right. >> reporter: she's promoting her new movie "going all the way" with her co- star ben affleck whose career was launched by weinstein films. >> i found the class. elementary. >> elementary. >> "harvey weinstein, who believed in us, and made this movie." >> reporter: mcgowan claims she found herself alone with weinstein in a hotel room where something awful happened. >> according to the new york times -- harvey weinstein paid rose mcgowan $100,000 settlement because of something that happened in harvey weinstein's hotel room. the settlement says that it is not to be construed as an admission that something untoward
>> reporter: that would be one of eight reported settlements weinstein would pay out over the years. but there's money to burn in the late 90s miramax is cranking out hits. >> it's tom ripley. >> tom ripley? >> we were at princeton together. >> reporter: and harvey weinstein bestrides the earth like a collossus. his ambitions and appetites seem limitless. but as his power grows, so too does his alleged aggression. did he cross the line from sexual harassment to sexual assault? is a tangle of multiple symptoms that can make you sad, feel tired, and have difficulty concentrating. trintellix is a prescription medication for depression. it may help you take a step forward in improving your depression. tell your healthcare professional right away if your depression worsens,
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>> reporter: act two, tears of joy, it's g weneth paltrow winning best actress for shakespeare in love. >> i would like to thank harvey weinstein, and everyone at miramax films for their undying support of me." >> reporter: paltrow now claims, in the mid-90's, harvey weinstein harassed her as well. but this night, it's all smiles as weinstein's films collect an armful of oscars. >> and the oscar goes to "shakespeare in love". [ applause ] harvey weinstein. >> reporter: "shakespeare in love" wins best picture, and its exuberant producers thank the academy. >> "for me this was a great experience. a passion for five years." >> reporter: cue the orchestra. ♪ >> thank you. >> reporte
like could get an oscar when he wanted it. and he would prove it again and again and again. so what does a man like weinstein do after he's conquered hollywood? conquer washington, of course. >> i want to say a special word of thanks to these three extraordinary guys who are up here jann wenner, john sykes and harvey weinstein. the three divas who have done such an extraordinary job. >> reporter: weinstein began bankrolling democratic campaigns. at "shakespeare in love's" premiere, that's hillary clinton by his side. but the bad behavior allegedly continued. >> you think of touching me you're gonna find yourself limping. >> i'll take my chances. >> reporter: the new york times reports angelina jolie alleges weinstein made "unwanted advances" in a hotel room during the release of the film "playing by heart."
>> look, pal, and i mean this affectionately, scram. >> reporter: jolie says she rejected the advances and chose never to work with weinstein again. but now, according to new yorker magazine contributor ronan farrow, the story turns from sleazy to scary. >> what you outline in your article though, goes much further. this is rape. >> three allegations of rape and in total 13 women who talked to me and there are assaults in there and over and over again. there is activity that is highly criminal. now harvey weinstein gave us a statement saying all these interactions were consensual and there was never any retribution but the women in this tell a very different story. >> my name is b. monkey. >> reporter: actress and director asia argento appeared in the 1999 film "b. monkey". harvey weinstein was co-executive producer.
>> she was told that there was a miramax party and was escorted there by a weinstein producer. >> reporter: argento told farrow that when she found herself alone with weinstein, he assaulted her. and she recounted how he emerged in a bathrobe, asked for a massage, and then pulled up her skirt and forcibly performed oral sex on her as she said no over and over again. >> argento reportedly says weinstein continued to pursue her afterward. called her repeatedly offered her gifts, which she refused initially, but over the years she did yield to some of those advances and there were subsequent consensual sexual encounters. argento never went to the police. >> she did, however, write about that and put it in a movie that she directed and starred in. >> that's right. >> reporter: a heavyset powerful film producer makes a pass at her. >> i'm just really tired and you know what would be great? if you would give me a massage, you know just a little massa
difference between reality and this film was in the movie her character ran. >> ah! >> come back here. >> reporter: we turn now to 2005. harvey weinstein leaves miramax and launches the weinstein company. but the old magic seems to be missing. there's a series of films no one wants to see. >> i left the coffee pot on again didn't i? >> the harvey movies are feast or famine. you know harvey is going for oscar credibility and he's trying these big things and sometimes they work and sometimes they don't. but it's not all bad. >> reporter: in 2007, weinstein marries georgina chapman, a former model and actress who was launching a new fashion line. weinstein is now in his mid 50s, rich and famous, with a beautiful young wife but, his accusers say, still not satisfied.
he seemed surprised by how well-read i was, which at the time made me feel great. >> reporter: los angeles tv anchor lauren sivan says she met weinstein in new york in 2007. the same year of he released denzel washington's movie "the great debaters." >> it's a feel good, it's not a feel good movie, it's a feel great, movie. >> reporter: sivan says weinstein was charming until she says he cornered her alone in the basement of a restaurant. >> and that's when he exposed himself. >> reporter: she says he pleasured himself. >> i just was stunned the whole time. like, in complete shock. i could not believe what i was watching. but as soon as he was done, i -- i said, "can i go now? are we done?" i just wanted to get outta there. >> reporter: 2008. another year, another accusation. this time the aspiring actress is louisette
>> i'll take one bite out of that thing i'll come flying out of this dress. >> reporter: a business meeting in a hotel room, a bathrobe, and, geiss says, a lewd proposition. a three picture deal if she would watch weinstein pleasure himself in a hot tub. >> and i said this is disgusting and i've got to go. and like i said he came very close to me and was kinda trying to kiss me and i just pushed him away and ran to the door, and when i got to the door, luckily it opened. and i walked out. >> reporter: still ahead, is weinstein the only one in hot water? did his employees know what their boss was allegedly up to? could some of them have been complicit? stay with us. this this this this is my body of proof. proof of less joint pain and clearer skin. this is my body of proof that i can take on psoriatic arthritis with humira.
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entertainment industry surveys the merchandise from the front row. harvey weinstein is now a player in the fashion world and he's found success on tv with the fashion reality show "project runway." that same year back in los angeles, juls bindi, a massage therapist to the stars, says weinstein arranged for a session in his suite at the montage hotel. >> he's like, "oh my god, your massage is so good. it's like an art form that you're doing. he was like you should write about this. >> reporter: this is an interesting wrinkle, bindi says weinstein then starts texting her constantly about a book deal. >> who would not be flattered to have the opportunity to be a published author. >> reporter: but when weinstein returned for a second massage, bindi says he wanted something more. >> he cut the massage short. and he gets up and he just says how big is my penis? i was like, "excuse me?" then he followed me into the bathroom, he shuts the door
behind him. >> reporter: then bindi says he proceeds to pleasure himself. >> i'm like, "please, this is not appropriate, i do not feel comfortable. no, this is not okay. he grabbed me, started groping on my chest. and i pushed him away. i was stunned what do you do in a situation like that? you have this guy who is overpowering you what can you do? he said do you want the book deal or not? >> reporter: emails show weinstein's people following up with bindi about the book proposal. >> i get the book deal because i allowed this man to attack me without telling on him? that's not right. i didn't pursue it. >> and that's the way that many sexual harassers make these things go away. is payments, sometimes i guess a book deal. >> reporter: she considers pursuing legal action but says she's advised against going public if she isn't ready to face the fallout.
i was terrified. i was scared. how can you not be scared of harvey weinstein? he could destroyer my career. meanwhile, weinstein's career is entering a new enchanted phase. the king's speech garners 12 oscar nominations, winning four including best picture. >> the media dubbed weinstein the comeback kid. in 2012 weinstein's "the iron lady" snags an oscar and a golden globe for meryl streep . >> i just want to thank my agent kevin huvane, and god, harvey weinstein" .the documentary "bully" gives weinstein a chance to strut his social conscience. >> i always hated injustice. i might be tough but i hate injustice. >> and te
one of the 100 most influential people in the world. >> he was a figure in political circles. he was a figure to be reckoned with. >> jennifer lawrence. >> harvey thank you for killing whoever you had to kill to get me up here today. >> in 2013 the praises interrupted by this memorable dig. listen to seth mcfarland as he announce that is year's oscar nominees for best supporting actress. >> congratulations you five ladies no longer have to pretend to be attracted to harvey weinstein. >> mcfarland says that zinger came from a place of loathe and anger. anger spawned by what jessica barth had told him. yet another alleged story of sexual harassment for harvey weinstein right down to the hotel room. the champagne and the invitation to massage. >> when she tries to leave he then turns on her, lashes out, insults her and says she's t
fat. >> so many alleged victims. so many years of silence. >> they're absolutely was a culture of silence and it required many, many actors to aid and abet. this was over and over again i was told was an open secret. >> the only way something like this stays quiet for so long is when there are a number of settlements with a confidentiality agreement. what harvey weinstein was really paying for was silence. >> as for weinstein's colleagues at miramax and the company some accusers allegedly they abedded his misbehavior, attended initial meetings with weinstein and leaving him alone with the woman. >> when you're acts as the honey pot and luring another woman into a room shouldn't you bear some of the responsibility? are you not complicit in that? >> and when internal
about weinstein's behavior made it to human resources they went nowhere. >> multiple women talked about how ineffectful that hr was and they knew that if they went that that office they might be retaliated against. >> dip to black. in 2015 the weinstein company distributions a documentary called the hunting ground about sexual assault on college cam s campus campuses. >> i trusted what he said. >> he will find himself in the crosshairs of the nypd. one victim thinks she has a recording to prove it. >> you touched my breasts. >> i'm used to that. >> stay with us.
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>> reporter: exterior shot night a new york police precinct the year, 2015. a young woman walks into the precinct's front door with a harrowing tale of sexual assault. >> and the police noticed that, first of all, she was upset. and they thought she was distraught. >> reporter: the person who the shaken woman told police had assaulted her was none other than movie mogul harvey weinstein. >> i'm told they found her completely believable. you gotta remember, they're new york people. they know who harvey weinstein is. and they knew this was a significant allegation against a significant guy. >> reporter: columnist michael daly of the daily beast spoke to police sources who worked the case and compiled a
blow by blow scenario of the woman's alleged encounter with weinstein. >> she first met him on thursday, radio city. >> reporter: act 1 of this drama unfolds on march 26, 2015 at the premiere of the spring spectacular show produced by weinstein. here he crosses paths with 22-year-old ambra gutierrez a beautiful model from italy. >> and he says, "come down. we'll talk to you about, you know, your future in the business." and so, why not? >> reporter: the very next day, the location shifts to manhattan's tribeca neighborhood as gutierrez walks into weinstein's offices for that scheduled meeting. >> his assistant shows her in, i'm told, so she's got no reason to worry, right? then the assistant steps out of the room, and she's there with him. and the story that she will later say is that he asked her if her breasts were real, and they felt them without her consent, and then tried to grope her under her skirt.
shaken gutierrez leaves the building and goes directly to a friend who then takes her to that nypd precinct house. the special victims unit is called in. >> they know this is not "he said, she said." this is a "he said, she said." but she is very convincing. so in their minds that makes her like this. >> reporter: then in a major plot twist, even as she's talking to detectives her phone rings it's harvey weinstein. >> he talks to her on the phone about, "well, maybe come tomorrow night." and then the cops, they urged her to go and meet with him. and she agrees to meet him. >> reporter: cut to the following night the location a chic soho hotel. gutierrez walks in and heads to the bar for the meeting with weinstein in an undercover sting straight out of one his movies. >> they set themselves up so they can keep an eye on her. and they're recording the conversation with two cellphones, one of which is her phone. he offers her a drink, she says she's drinking water. she takes a picture and puts it
on instagram of the water glass. that's like saying, "i was not drunk. i was not drinking." >> reporter: under the watchful eye of police officers gutierrez goes with weinstein upstairs to his room but stops in the hallway outside his door. ronan farrow was able to obtain a copy of the undercover recording. >> i'm telling you right now, get in here. >> what do we have to do here? >> nothing! i'm gonna take a shower, you sit there and have a drink. water. >> i don't drink. >> then have a glass of water. >> no i don't want to. >> honey, don't have a fight with me in the hallway. >> it's not nothing, it's -- >> please. i am not gonna do anything, i swear on my children. please come in. on everything, i'm a famous guy. >> i'm, i'm feeling very uncomfortable right now. >> please come in now. >> reporter: now listen closely as gutierrez confronts weinstein about his alleged groping of her the previous day. >> why yesterday you touch my breast? >> oh please, i'm sorry, just come on i'm used to that. come on, please. >> you're used to that? >> yes, come in. >> no, but i'm not used to that. >> i won't do it again, come on, sit here. sit here for a minute, please? >> no i don't want to.
>> this is a man admitting to a sexual assault and also describing it as a pattern of behavior. >> pretty chilling and disturbing. >> but also it's disturbing audio to hear, you know, this is a woman saying, "no," again and again and again that she doesn't want to go into this room and, you know, it appears this is a man who does not, want to take no for an answer. >> i will never do another thing to you. five minutes. don't ruin your friendship with me for five minutes. >> i know, but it's kind of like, it's too much for me, i can't. >> please you're making a big scene here, please. >> no but i wanna leave. >> ok bye. thank you. >> reporter: police have heard enough they confront weinstein and bring him into the station for questioning. news of the incident quickly becomes public but curiously lurid articles about his accuser soon begin popping up in the tabloids. the new york post reports that gutierrez had asked weinstein for a film role after the alleged incide
teenager she had accused her older, wealthy boyfriend of sexual assault. other tabloids go to town with details of how gutierrez had attended one of former italian prime minister silvio berlusconi's notorious sex parties. >> it's my opinion, that his high-powered team started putting out stories about my client that would have weakened her, would have emotionally impacted her, would have caused her to recoil. and sure enough heller says gutierrez soon stops cooperating with authorities. she eventually reaches a financial settlement with weinstein, signs a non- disclosure agreement and leaves the country. >> when you have the ability to be compensated with a lot of money, and on the other hand, you say, "oh my god," if you're a victim, "all my history is gonna come up," i don't blame her at all, i understand it.
but remember, even without gutierrez's cooperation prosecutors still have that audio recording of weinstein seemingly admitting to sexual assault. >> they routinely lock up, prosecute and convict and jail subway gropers on a lot less evidence than that. >> reporter: but in the end the district attorney drops the case against weinstein saying his prosecutors just didn't have enough evidence to convict. >> i, like they, were very disturbed by the contents of the tape. our sex crimes prosecutors made a determination that this was not gonna be a provable case. >> i don't think that it should have been any reluctance on the part of the district attorney. there would've been two years of victims that might have been spared the anguish of going through what we see coming out of the woodwork now. >> announcer: coming up talk about coming out of the woodwork the female stars of hollywood will be silent no more.
cards collapses. "the new york times" reporting al fwaxs by nums rouse women who say the hollywood mogul sexually harassed them -- but does he one more ace up his sleeve? >> second chance i hope. >> next. ost everywhere on almost everybody. the arm of an arm wrestler? the back of a quarterback? the face of a fairy? prescription eucrisa is a nose to toes eczema ointment. it blocks overactive pde4 enzymes within your skin. and it's steroid-free. do not use if you are allergic to eucrisa or its ingredients. allergic reactions may occur at or near the application site. the most common side effect is application site pain. ask your doctor about eucrisa.
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secret. al dwlegations of sexual harasst and assault is guarded from the public. >> the culture of silence exists because it is a scary thing to go public. but that culture is change. >> in fact a climate change is under way even as weinstein walks the red carpet, equally powerful media titans are being toppled for allegations of sexual misconduct. bill cosby. fox ceo roger ailes. >> and late today, word of a major change at fox news. >> reporter: bill o'reilly. even a 10-year-old recording of a boastful, future president trump, has come to light. >> when you're a star you can do anything. >> reporter: and now, the façade around weinstein begins to slip, his latest oscar contender, lion, looses and according to
feeling in tinsletown is, at last, weinstein's power is waning. goliath may finally be defenseless to his david. >> he's weaker. >> he is weaker, in the words of one producer i talked to, he was the second or third most powerful person in that business, and now he is the 200th. >> reporter: and just 8 days ago on thursday, october 5th, at 2:07 in the afternoon, "the new york times" harpoons their white whale, the weinstein story breaks. >> "the new york times" reporting allegations by numerous women who say the hollywood mogul sexually harassed them. >> when the times dropped their story, it was seismic. it was a culture-changing moment. i would say. >> reporter: for some of weinstein's accusers, like paula williams, it's a sigh of relief. sglifs very happy. it's the shame. it -- i could feel it lifting. it -- made me feel normal almost. and amongst good company. >> reporter: in that article
allegations of incidents spanning nearly 30 years, reported payoffs to at least eight women and the first bold face names, rose mcgowan and ashley judd. 2:26 that same day weinstein's first response to the allegations. saying in part: "i appreciate the way i've behaved with colleagues in the past has caused a lot of pain, and i sincerely apologize for it. >> reporter: but it was followed up an hour later with a more defiant weinstein telling "the new york post" and "daily mail" he's suing "the times" for an "inability to be honest with me and their reckless reporting." >> i don't know why he thought that was a good idea, when you have all of these women coming forward. >> reporter: and in fact, lauren sivan says, it's that response by weinstein that brings her out of the shadows. >> i don't think i would have come out publicly until-- until he issued that statement. it -- it
it just showed me how -- how delusional he is about his own behavior. >> reporter: time lapse, new york city, night. it's sunday, october 8th, 7:35 p.m., the weinstein company announces harvey weinstein has been fired from the very company he founded. by late monday october 9th, an increasingly vocal chorus of a-listers who once sung his praises, come out to condemn him. meryl streep, judi dench, kate winslet and by the next morning, jennifer lawrence has issued her own condemnation. and at 9:18 a.m. after five days of public silence ben affleck, a weinstein protége, denounces him on facebook. writing in part that he was "saddened and angry" and "we must support those who come forward, condemn this type of behavior when we see it." but his response has an
unintended consequence. rose mcgowan calls out affleck on twitter, accusing him of knowing for years about weinstein's alleged incident with her, she claims affleck once said, "i told him to stop doing that." she adds in her tweet, "you said that to my face, you lie." >> you can just see in her words what a life-transforming event her encounter with harvey weinstein was for her. the level of trauma is spectacular. >> reporter: she would later tweet a bigger bombshell not naming weinstein directly but claiming hw raped me. tuesday, october 10th, 10:50 a.m., a new bombshell report publishes online, this one in "the new yorker," by ronan farrow. >> did you ever imagine when you wrote this article, the fallout. as huge, and as far reaching as it's been? >> the very first interview i
did for this story was an on the record actress with an allegation of rape. from that very first moment of reporting this, it was apparent that this was something historic. >> his story raises the bar higher his figures accuse harvey of raping them. in some cases accuse harvey of sexual assault. and that changes the nature of the conversation overnight. >> reporter: weinstein, this time through a spokesperson, issues a statement: "any allegations of non-consensual sex are unequivocally denied by mr. weinstein." >> the ink on his response isn't even dry and the story has blown past his apology. >> reporter: by 7:15 p.m. that night, with his storied career in a spectacular five-day freefall, the chickens have literally come home to roost. that evening his wife georgina announces she is leaving him after ten years of marriage. even his own brother, and partner, bob weinstein
castigates him publicly calling him "a very sick man." >> i don't see this as a grand shakespearean fall in the sense that was not someone we placed great love and affection for who fell. he was feared. he was admired. and in some ways it's the kind of thing that only happens in the movies. >> reporter: wednesday, october 11th, weinstein makes his final public comments to reporters in this video, before allegedly heading to a treatment facility: "i'm not doing ok but i'm trying. i gotta get help, guys." >> reporter: but he might need more than rehab. coming up, the possible criminal charges. next. i'll have the langoustine lobster
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they were victims of sexual harassment. >> many of the stories that were told about the moguls of the past were whispered, or never were spoken publicly, or were sort of handed from person to person. >> people talk about there being a culture of secrecy -- but secrecy is not silence. i think it's a heroic act to go through something humiliating and share that story with a friend, who might be able to share it in a discreet way also to help the next person who came along. >> reporter: women who have long suffered in silence are now coming forward to share their emotional turmoil. >> i didn't tell anyone. i had shame thinking that a man, a powerful man thought of me in a degrading way, didn't try to get to know me, and just made me feel like trash -- every single time i go to a movie, i see his name on that big screen, it brings me back to and moment when he sexually as
>> we all make mistakes. >> and what happens now for harvey weinstein? legally, many are waiting for the other shoe to drop. >> reporter: this week police in new york are reviewing allegations and looking for other victims while police in london have launched an investigation. >> worst case for harvey weinstein is that more women come forward now with allegations about sexual abuse or sexual assault that happened and that could mean harvey weinstein goes to trial and potentially goes to prison. >> what will change inside of myself, getting an apology from him, and him doing jail time, like any normal person would get. >> reporter: fade up final scene, the question is will harvey weinstein be just another tawdry milestone for hollywood or a possible breaking point? >> i hope the casting couch will be a thing of the past. >> this is a movement. i don't want the next generation
to do this and i don't want this to be swept under the carpet. and it doesn't feel good, and we're better than that. >> the head of amazon studios roy price is on a leave of absence amid allegations of sexual harassment. >> we should point out the board at company said these allegations come as a surprise and any suggestion the board had any knowledge of this conduct they say is false. that is "20/20" for tonight. i'm david muir. >> and i'm elizabeth vargas, have a great night and a great weekend. jonathan: