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this is "nightline." >> tonight, hollywood scandal. new accusations of sexual harassment against movie mogul harvey weinstein. >> he followed me into the bathroom, he shuts the door behind him -- >> now a massage therapist claiming he enticed her with a book deal, then sexually assaulted her. >> i get the book deal because i allow this man to attack me without telling on him. >> as the allegations pile up, could criminal charges be down the line? plus jimmy kimmel -- >> no parent should ever have to decide if they can afford to save their child's life. >> he's been on an emotional evolution from comedian to political voice, taking on health care and the nra. tonight what he wants to say to
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good evening. thank you for joining us. it's been over a week since the first published reports of harvey weinstein's alleged sexual misconduct rocked hollywood and new accusers are coming forward. a massage therapist says the movie mogul booked her for a professional appointment but had something very different in mind. here's abc's elizabeth vargas. >> reporter: it's 1989 in los angeles. at the premiere of a grunt-breaking indie film called "sex, lies and videotape." >> did you make one of these damn videotapes? >> reporter: it marks the arrival of hollywood executive harvey weinstein who with his brother heads an upstart studio miramax. >> "sex, lies and videotape" made miramax the player, and harvey was the man at miramax. >> reporter: oscar season, "sex, lies and videotape" up for best
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original screenplay. the a party before the big night, 20-year-old paula williams says she 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: paula says a week later, weinstein sends her a car to bring her to that suppose d e dinner party 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. >> reporter: paula says she escapes before anything happens. she ends up quitting the business. but the harvey weinstein story is still in its opening act. the next 25 years will see him generate a remarkable string of hits. more than $8 billion at the u.s. box office. nearly 350 oscar nominations for
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his company's films. 80 wins. ♪ all that jazz >> reporter: and now a new metric. at least 35 women accusing weinstein of sexual misconduct. if weinstein sends up in handcuffs, it will be in large part due to the work of rope 9 pharaoh. his expose in this week's "new yorker" includes statements from a stunning 13 different women. the accusers include two actresses who appeared in miramax film in the mid-'90s. >> count to three. ready? >> reporter: roseanne that arquette seen here in "pulp fiction." mira sore reno who won an oscar for her role in "mighty aphrodite." >> she had an encounter with harvey weinstein, what happened? >> mira sorvino told me harvey began to massage her shoulders,
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tried to get more physical in other ways -- >> reporter: a few weeks later when she is back home in new york she says weinstein calls her after midnight. >> then showing up at her doorstep, and she'd talked about not being able to breathe, she was so terrified of his physical presence, of his power to affect her career. >> reporter: it's now january of 1997. hollywood descends on park city, utah, for the annual sundance film festival. naturally, weinstein is there. in his element. and so is actress rose mcgowan, who previously starred in weinstein's blockbuster "scream." >> what the hell are you doing? >> reporter: mcgowan claims she found herself alone with weinstein in a hotel room. >> 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 happened.
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>> reporter: that would be one of eight reported settlements weinstein would pay out over the years. but harvey weinstein's ambitions and appetite seem limitless. as his power grows, so too do his alleged aggressions. to include, according to "the new yorker," allegations of rape. >> there are assaults in there. and over and over again there's activity that is highly criminal. >> reporter: by 2005, harvey weinstein had left miramax and launched the weinstein company. but the old magic seems to be missing. there's a series of films it seems no one wants to see. >> i left the coffee pot on again, didn't i. >> reporter: it's not all bad. in 2007 weinstein marries georgine that chapman, a former model and actress who was launching a new fashion wine. and he's found success on tv with a fashion reality show "project runway." >> none of you should feel safe. >> reporter: the same year, back
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in los angeles, jules bindi, massage therapist to the stars, says weinstein arranged for a session in his suite at the montage hotel. >> oh my god, your massage is so good, it's an art form that your doing, you should write about this. >> reporter: she says weinstein starts texting her constantly about a book deal. but when weinstein returned for a second massage, bindi says he wanted something more. >> he gets up and he just says, how big is my penis? and i was like, excuse me? then he followed me into the bathroom. he shut the door. >> reporter: then bindi says he proceeds to pleasure himself. >> "this is not appropriate, i do not feel comfortable, no, do not do this in front of me, this is not okay." he grabbed me and started groping on my chest. and i pushed him away. i was stunned. >> reporter: meanwhile, weinstein's career is entering a new, enchanted phase. >> because i have a right and i have a voice! >> the king's speech garners 12 oscar nominations, winning four,
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including best picture and best actor. >> "the king's speech." >> reporter: in 2012, the documentary "bully" gives weinstein a chance to strut his social conscience. >> i always hated injustice. i might be tough, but i hate injustice. >> reporter: in 2015, weinstein will find himself in the crosshairs of the nypd's special victims unit. >> please come in. on everything, i'm a famous guy -- >> i'm feeling very uncomfortable right now. >> please come in now. >> reporter: 22-year-old ambra gutierrez, a model from italy, says she was groped by weinstein. she agrees to meet again and with the help of the nypd, this time makes a recording to try and prove it. it was obtained by "the new yorker." >> why yesterday you touch my breast? >> i'm sorry, please come in i'm used to that -- >> you're used to that? >> yes, come in -- >> this is a man admitting to a sexual assault, also describing it as a pattern of behavior.
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>> reporter: weinstein was brought into the nyp dmt for questioning. when the news became public, gutierrez became tabloid fodder. soon she stops cooperating with the authorities and leaves the country. but in the end, the district attorney drops the case against weinstein saying his prosecutors just didn't have enough evidence to convict. >> our sex crimes prosecutors made a determination that this was not going to be a provable case. >> reporter: since both the "new york times" and the new yorker published their stories, weinstein, through a spokesperson, issues a statement. "any allegations of nonconsensual sex are unequivocally denied by mr. weinstein." since the initial reports, his wife george jean chapman announced she's leaving him. even his own brother and partner bob weinstein calling him a very sick man. >> this was not someone we placed great love and affection for who fell. he was feared. he was admired.
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and some ways it's the kind of thing that only happens in the movies. >> reporter: now the question is whether harvey weinstein will be just another tawdry milestone for hollywood, or a possible breaking point. >> this is a movement. i don't want the next generation to do this. i don't want this to be swept under the carpet. we're better than that. >> reporter: for "nightline," i'm elizabeth vargas in new york. next, jimmy kimmel on going political. how the late-night host went from telling jokes to telling it like it is. they can fly... at the speed of light... ...and command the currents. they don't need another way to get around. or do they? [ engine revving ]
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of jimmy kimmel's signature bits. now it's also his life. ever since the late-night funny man began taking political stands he says he's been mobbed with angry messages on social media. tonight he tells abc's amy robach why he isn't backing down. >> reporter: he's the late-night prank king. known for candy-stealing. >> you ate it! >> reporter: and "mean tweets." >> you sound like a whining baby, does baby jimmy want his bottle? >> i have a story to tell about something that happened to our family last week -- >> reporter: once reluctant to politicize his show, jimmy kimmel has become america's unlikely health care crusader following the birth of his son billy six months ago, born with a rare heart condition. >> before 2014, if you were born with congenital heart disease like my son was, there's a good chance you'd never be able to get health insurance because you had a pre-existing condition. >> reporter: an emotional monologue that instantly went
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viral, putting a face on a health care debate. >> no parent should ever have to decide if they can afford to save their child's life. >> was there a moment you decided i'm going to take something very personal and very real, and i'm going to try and change the conversation right now? >> i knew i had to say something. and it just so happened that at that time, this health care debate was going on. i looked around this hospital. it occurred to me that people need health care. in this case i thought, all right, what can i do or say that might potentially make some good out of this? maybe make me feel like this happened for a reason? >> reporter: within days his name was invoked by senator bill cassidy. >> does it pass the jimmy kimmel test? would a child born with a congenital heart disease be able to get everything she or he would need in that first year of life? >> reporter: but when senator cassidy cosponsored legislation a few months later, kimmel was not impressed. >> and this new bill actually does pass the jimmy kimmel test,
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but a different jimmy kimmel test. with this one your xhooild child with the pre-existing condition will get the care he needs if and only if his father is jimmy kimmel. >> i don't think mr. kimmel did the country a good service by calling a good man a liar without at least talking to him. >> i get it, i don't understand because i'm a talk show host, right? >> reporter: a back and forth between republican lawmakers and kimmcouplkimmel mirroring the d congress. >> do you believe every american, regardless of income, should be able to get regular checkups, maternity care, et cetera, all of those things that people who have health care get and need? >> yep. >> so "yep" is washington for "nope," i guess. >> you directly take on senator cassidy, call him a liar. you are not afraid to call out politicians -- >> i believed bill cassidy when he was on my show. seemed like good man, maybe he is a good man. just because he's a doctor doesn't mean he understands how health insurance works. i do give him the benefit of the doubt, but all i know is he told
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me one thing and what was brought to the floor was entirely different. >> reporter: and then last week as americans were reeling from the deadliest mass shooting in modern u.s. history, kimmel's emotional monologue reflective of a nation in mourning and disbelief. >> there's probably no way to ever know why a human being would -- do something like this. to other human beings who are at a concert. having fun and listening to music. >> reporter: and just as he did with health care, kimmel called out politicians to take action. >> 89% of republicans and democrats are in favor of restricting gun ownership for the mentally ill. but not this gang. i just happened to be in a position two times this the year where something happened that really hit me very close to home. once with my child, of course. then literally close to home. las vegas. >> reporter: not everyone is a fan. kimmel poked fun at his newfound
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political celebrity by reading his own mean tweets following his health caretakedown. >> i made a break through based on the thoughtful responses i got on twitter and facebook from people like thomas who wrote, why don't you go somewhere else like a different country if you don't like our president, and stop your crying on tv, snowflake. what they're doing now is they're trying to drag up any kind -- especially these gun nuts, trying to drag any -- take any comedy bit i get out of context, use it as some kind of proof, they're saying that i'm calling myself the moral conscience of america, which i'm most certainly never did, most certainly never would. >> reporter: next week his show will be broadcast from brooklyn, returning to his birthplace. >> brooklyn is a magical place, it really is. every time i bring my kids there i feel guilty that they don't get to just run around the neighborhood with a bunch of other kids. we don't really do that here in l.a. we don't really know our neighbors until we're being deposed by them. >> reporter: with a slew of
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special guests, including late-night legend david letterman. >> yeah, this is the first time he's done a late-night show since his last show. i feel like i've been preparing questions for dave for my whole life. >> any chance you could get president trump there? >> i -- i would guess that he's not planning to visit me any time soon. i think he and sean hannity have date night on those nights. it's tough to break away. >> would you like to have donald trump on the show? >> absolutely. i have a lot of questions for donald trump. >> what would be your first one? >> well, i really -- i mean, maybe this is crazy, but i feel like i could turn him around on a couple of things. >> reporter: call it comedic persuasion, kimmel hopes his outspokenness might change more minds than just the president's. would you like the show to have an impact more than just making people laugh? >> of course we would love to make an impact in a positive way. that said, i have no delusions of grandeur. my hope is people know me well enough to know i'm coming from a
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finally tonight, even when some people lost everything in this week's california wildfires, they still thought of each other. here's abc's david muir. >> reporter: tonight, the heroes and the bravery in california. vicki walker hugging this firefighter to say thank you. firefighters across california saving lives, homes, and so many family treasures. and this image. the mail truck still stopping at mailboxes. a haunting moment, but still a
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moment of dedication. then there was the ironworker who lost everything. his tools, his pickup truck, his home. >> every house was on fire. including mine. >> reporter: dana hanson's story was on the local news and someone 50 miles away was watching. >> i heard ironworker. i looked over. i caught his last name. >> reporter: her son was also an ironworker. she lost him to cancer two years ago. she had always saved her son's tools. she called up dana and said, come get them. >> dana? >> yes. >> how are you? >> okay. how are you? >> i'm good. >> reporter: inside, her son's tools given to dape dana. >> it means a lot to me. >> well, i'm -- i want to get you back to work. >> reporter: she wants to get him back to work, and california back to normal. >> how cool was that. heroes and bravery in the face of adversity. thanks to david muir. it was the late american writer james lang allen who said, adversity doesn't build character, it reveals it.
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