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>> ♪ >> harvey!am (cas clicking) >> tonight, on frontline... >> more th 60 women have come forward to accuse weinstein ofar sexusment, assault and pe. >> by the mid 90s we were aware of whahe was alleged to be doing. >> weinstein has repeatedly denied allegations of he believed, that. he was going to be untouchable. >> narrator: ...the story of how harvey westein silenced his accusers. >> harvey weinstein had an incredibly complex machine designed to maintain silence around this... >> i just remember feeling so powerless and furious...ts >> ...large pay ,
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nondisclosure agreements... >> absolutely in fear of death i was not allowed to talkl to a jout. >> array of private investigation firms. ed>> they completely destre and my image. >> he had one of the most powerful legal teams in the country. a >> he got very and said, "i've investigated you and you're not so clean so be careful". >> narrator: the insiders speaking out for the first time. completely and utterly ruled by harvey. and harvey was a dictator. >> narrator: about what hollywood knew... >> i think looking back that i t did know and i chosuppress it. i chose to hide from that fact. >> narrator: tonight, a "frontline" special, "weinstein." >> frontline is made possible by contributions to your pbs station from viewers like you. thank yo and by the corporation for
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public broadcasting. major support is provided by the john d. and catherine t. macarthur foundati, committed to building a more just, verdant and peaceful world. more information is available at additional support is provided by the abrams foundation: committed to excellence in journalism. the park foundation, dedicated to heightening public awareness of critical issues.el the john and glessner family trust. supporting trustrthy journalism that informs and inspires. and by the frontline journalism fund, with major support from jon and jo ann hagler. ♪ >> i was just starting my career, it was the early '90s. i was just out of acting schooln goinuditions and pounding the pavement.
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♪ the first time i met him was in the miramax office, and it was a, you know, a legitimate meeting set up by my agents. the first moments of that meeting were very easy, breezy, casual. you know, "welcome to the miramax family." and i felt very much like he was going to take care of me. and then he said, "there's a screening this afternoon of on of our movies, you know, you should come.pi i'll have my car com you up." ♪ once i got there i realized it wasn't a special screening with cast and crew, it was just a movie. ♪ i wanted to leave, he sort of said, "oh i'll take you home." we ended up stopping at his house. and then i-i ended up going up
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probably against my better judgment. once i was in there we had another hour-long conversationt abvies and film. and he went into the other room and he came back with.... with a robe on, and the robe was just like an open robe. i didn't even look to see, you know. i was just so stunned. there was no suave moves or anything, like there was just a really weird, awkward, "will you give me a massage?" i had to say just "no, and i-- i'm not comfortable." he left the room and he came back and he was just fully naked. i thought,he's coming after me." (sighs) um... i just rember sort of darting back and forth trying to get past him. you know in that moment that
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you may not make it. i told him that i was furious, i said, you know, i said, "i can't believe you're doing this to me. i don't know if he heard me, but he may have, he might have heard me, i don't know. (sniffles) i mean, i do... i was able toa. finally ge a way out. rvey weinstein, i mean, justinst instinctually, i'd be squashed.i soas scared. and so i didn't say anything to the people that might have been able to help me. >> narrator: katherine kendall is one of over a hundred women who have come forward with
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allegations against harvey weinstein since october 17. many of these women are now suing him. weinstein declined to be interviewed. but throughis spokeswoman, he provided "frontline" with written responses to the allegations in this film he denies any criminal conduct. >> harvey weinstein was one of the most powerfupeople in hollywood for decades, and he was a darling of the american political world. any time you have a story li this where people are getting hurt over decades and decades, there are people around who ew enough and could have done more to stop it. nk >> i t this is a momentous reckoning. but, fraly, i think there's so much more to discover. o knew about this? how much of a cover up was this?
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♪ >> it began in buffalo, it all began in buffalo. it was a brash, young fellow from flushing, queens, who arrived here as an 18-year-old freshman at the university of buffalo. i believe he only put in a year before he was just kind of mesmerized by all of the opportunities that awaited himhe . ♪ >> narrator: weinstein built up a successful concert promotion business. then, in 1980, he de his first film. ♪ >> it was a gory film out a guy that comes back for revengen murders the people at the
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camp. (screaming) >> narrator: 24-year-old paula wachowiak worked on the film as an intern. one day, she says, she was asked to take some checks to a hotel om for weinstein to sign >> he was standing there and he had a hand towel around hist. wa i handed him the folder and he dropped the hand towel, and all the whe he's asking me questions about checks. and he, at some point, sat down on the bed, and he plopped the folder on his lap, and then he startesaying, "what about this one," and he's pointing. and i'm not gonna look down so i say, "which one is that, harvey?" then he said, "i have a-a crick in my shoulder,"e said, "could you give me a massage, could you rub it out for me?"
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and at that point i looked at him and i said, "harvey, i don't think that's in my jobsc ption." to >> nar another young woman working on the film, suza maher-wilson, says weinstein approached her at a party afteri ing had finished. this is the first time she's spoken publicly about it >> there was a hotel room righto off thy. and that's when he like lured me in there to give him a massage. and i agreed, being 23-year-old naïve, trusting young woman.o he, said, "i'm goinge lavatory." and i said, "oka" and then i... he came out and he was naked with a towel and it was a little shocking. and i just said, "i'm sorry, this isn't... this isn't what i signed on for."
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and, i-i left the roomy. immediat >> narrator: weinstein has since said in a statement, "i came of age in the '60s 0s. that was the culture then." in his responses to "frontline," he denies paula wachowiak's account, and disagrees on the s details a maher-wilson's account. df>> i told probably a han of people, but no one seemed shocked 'cause he was the producer. we all felt it was typical of someone in a position of power to wield tt over younger, >> i don't think anyond have listened to me. i don't think it would have mattered. i'm not famous. i didn't think that my story meant anything to anybody.
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>> narrator: weitein soon left buffalo for new york city. miramax-- the film company he b-- was expanding. his brother they saw themselves as artists, outsiders to the hollywood system. >> at miramax we're not under that corporate pressure to say, "jesus, we've got to go up each year." weooan do what we think is g and if our profits are lower ar before, so what? were the rk.what, as long as we did good ♪ >> narrator: the company madevi its name with that mainstream studios ignored. weinstein's power was growing, and he was working with top hollywood actresses. tt (radio cha) >> come on, we got him. >> narrator: in 1992, sean young, who was already known for movies like "blade runner,"es starred in his latfilm "love crimes." >> who the (bleep) are you? >> district attorney,
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ass(bleep). i play a character who discovers this sexual predator, and then trac them down, and then the tables are turned and is entrapped by him. the wire went ou i wanted to get him under feny and i needed it on tape. i was sitting in harvey's office after the picture. and this is the only time this has ever happened to me, he mylled his... thing out an response was, "you know, harvey, i really wouldn't be pulling that thing out because it's really not pretty." and i got up and i lt. >> narrator: in his responses, weinstein told "frontline" seanu young's account rue, he never met her in his office orad anywhere else, andothing to do with her ithe last time she would work on a miramax film.
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>> the reason i didn't get another movie with harvey weinstein was that i made m feel foolish. ♪ i was set toave a very big career, but i upset a few important men, and the trajectory of my career went... whooo... (imitates crash) ♪ >> narrator: in 1993, miramax was boug by disney, helping weinstein become one of the most powerful producers in hollywood. disney says it was unaware ofis any sexualnduct complaints but his colleagues says notoriously difficult to work fo >> working at miramax was like being in a cult. the cult of harvey.
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it was common knowledge, everybody knew what a brutal regime it was. he worked beyond the limits ofei normal humans. p >> narratol webster joined miramax in 1995. this is his first television interview about weinstein. >> i knew i was making a deal with the devil. i knew he was a bully, i knew he would stop at nothing to get what he wanted. i knew he had a volcanic temper. i knew he was a ngerous character. but i knew also that he was at the epicenter of where i wanted to be. >> narrator: despite hispu tion as a bully, hollywood stars continued to line up to work with him. a part in one of his films could mean artistic credibility, fame, and awards. >> oh, my love! i thought yowere dead!
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>> narrator: in 1998, 26-year-old gwyneth paltrow appeared in "shakespeare in love." (cheers and applause) ♪ d it won both her weinsteinos rs. >> this is a movie about life and art, and art and lif combining is called magic. w >> narratonstein was at the top of the hollywood establishment. but a reporter wh sources in the movie industry was investigating a disturbing rumo abm. >> we had heard that gwyneth paltrow had been assaulted. we hea it from a director who was very upset about it, and wanted it to be out there. and we thought well, "yeah, you know, we gotta try and do this." but there was no path forward al that point a if you call their publicist andt say, "i wanted to ta gwyneth paltrow because i heard
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she was attacked by harvey weinstein," you can image how that phone call would go. it would be short. (laughs) >> narrator: paltrow didn't address the rumors at the time, and never accused him of assau. but she's since said that weinstein harassed her, and thah she to agent, and her then-boyfriend brad pitt, whonf nted weinstein. >> it's a hard choice to make. she could take him on or havem her career, annot blaming her for not wanting to take him on. wehee seen in the aftermath, lengths to which he would go to destroy people who tried to take him on. (indistinct chatter) >> narrator: whatever rumors had been circulating about harvey weinstein, his power only grew. some of the up-and-comers who met him say they were unaware r of hiseputation. >> in 1998 i was 24.
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modeling around the world, i thought i was tough. >> narrator: zoe brocket weinstein at the cannes filmst feal. >> we were taken into the majestic hotel to have dinner, and that was where i was sat next to harvey. ♪ >> narrator: as the evening was drawing to a close, she says weinstein offered her a ride. >> then harvey told us that he'b spoken to evy and they were going to join us at the du cap, where he was staying, which quite remote. out of cannes and >> narrator: when they arrived h at hotel, she says weinstein's entourage disappeared and her friends were nowhere to be en. >> my friends were never coming, that was a blatant lie. so we get to the hotel room.
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and i remember sobering up fast. and then harvey walked back in and heas naked. h s negotiating, he's negotiating a massage. me on, give me a massage, give me a massage. just, you know, let me give you a massage. blah blah blah blah blah."ap and he's fire, and he takes control of the situation. i very unwillingly let him maneuver me into his bedroom, and sat... sat on the bed. i may have even been stupid ough to lie down and he started to massage my shoulders. and within seconds i knew that, that was just not going to fly, there was no way this was happening. and i got up and i bolted into a the bathro he chased me. but i remember locki the door
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and him being on the other side of it and banging. i screamed at him, "put your (bleep) clothes on you naughty (bleep) boy." and i meant it. and it worked. i came out of the bathroom and he was apologizing, and he... started to cry. and he said something that i have never forgotten and i never will for the rest of my days, in betweehis tears, "you don't like me because i'm fat." i really felt sorry for him in that moment.ha at that point no idea obviously how dangerous he really was. >> narrator: weinstein's responses to "frontline" do note directly disoe brock's allegations, but say she is "publicizing her lawsuit seeking damages from mr. weinstein,
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despite the fact that she never complained to anyone at the time." but zoe brock says she told many people. >> i told my agent. i told so many people inyw hod-- producers, casting agents-- everyone's reaction across the board was always, "oh... yeah, harvey." >> narrator: zoe brock's agent denies that she told him. ♪ but, across hollywoo many models and actresses now say they told their agents about weinstein's behavior. >> the agents had to know. the top agents had to know. and, frankly, any agent who knet what was happeningharvey weinstein should be coming forward now explaining what happened. ♪
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>> narrator: one of the most influential talent firms in hollywood, creative artistse agency, has siid in a person the agency let ze to any by now, some inside miramax had started to connect the dots about weinstein's behavior >> my memory is that i was fully aware that harvey was a serial womanizer. there would be times when you'du be kickeof the suite in the savoy or the peninsula hotel in l.a., and he would entertain. but it didn't take too much brainpower to put it together that a man who was so abusive and bullying in every aspect of his life would bring that abuse into the sexual arena. i think looking back that i did know and i chose to suppress it
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i chose to hom that fact. i think we were all enablers. i think we were, we re all complicit. could i have done anything at the time? well, for one, i never thoug about doing anything about it. i know that i prevented my assistant being called to the savoy hotel late at night. i said, "no, you can't go." so, obviously i was aware of that. i didn't have the guts to do i think the deal i'd mth the devil was to my advantage. ♪ >> narrator: with no one in hollywood calling him out, weinstein's alleged behavior continued. zelda perkins was one of his assistants. >> the first time that i traveled alone abroad with him, he insisted that i went into the bathroom while he had a sauna because he needed to do work,d and i refu go in the sauna. and he said, "well i... this
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isn't working, i'm going to have a bath instead." so i tried to leave the bathroom, he said, "you can't leave, i need to... we need to get this business done." he was reeling off names of all the actresses thatd had with or who had given lations massages or whatever. and i remember looking round at him and saying, "how do you look at yourself in the mirror? how do you-- how do you do that?" and i can remember him looking back at me, utterly nonplussed and saying, "i have no problem at all."♪ ♪ >> narrator: in 1998, perkinswe accompaniestein to the venice film festival, along with a new colleague. >> she came to me in a very distressed state and told me that he had assaulted her, tt he'd attempted to rape her. i was completely sideswiped by
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this. i went straight to harvey and confronted him about what had happened, and he swore on-one fe of his wife and children that absolutely nothing had happened. >> narrator: but perkins didn't believe him. she and her colleague quit miramax and went to lawyers indv london fice. >> there didn't seem to be any recourse in terms of bringing harvey to justice. we had no physical pof, we hadn't gone to the police in... on the lido in venice. really the only option that we damages.en was to request ♪ >> narrator: inegotiation with weinstein's lawyers, they asked for around $200,000 each, and also insisted on measures that would protect miramax employees from harassment: therapy sessions for weinstein, a new hr
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policy, and a clause that could see him fired if he paid off any more women. weinstein accepted the terms on condition they sign a non-disclosure agreement, or n.d.a.n' >> we wereallowed to talk to anybody about the alleged behavior, but also about ourx. time at mira this wasn't a normal confidentiality agreement; this wasn't us saying that we weren't gonna, you know, give away corporate secrets. this was a deeply personally certainly in my colleach case, meant that she couldn't ever speak about a huge personal trauma that happened her. ♪ >> narrator: perkins would
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eventually decide to break her n.d.a. but her former colleague has maintained her silence. in his statement to "frontline," weinstein denies the attempted rape allegation, and says that, "ms. perkins asked for money instead of reporting her claims to theuthorities." >> so, you take your check and you try to deal with it as best you can, you know. he got away with it for years, just on the strength of that. ♪ >> narrator: wnstein went on to use n.d.a.s with multiple women who accused him of sexual misconduct in his response to "frontline," he said, "over a perioof 30 years there were actually less than ten settlements of harassment claims." anthat "none of these settlement agreements prevented any individual from going to the police had thewished to do so." >> the use of n.d.a.s on behalfn of weinso silence women who agreed to them was an
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enabling factor. it allowed him to silence complaining victims and just see it as a cost of doing busiss. he so he knew thaad nothing to fear from continuing with tha or that led to the problem in the first place, and again, and again, and again. >> narrator: 4 years later,a urnalist at the "new yorker" magazine heard that weinstein had been settling sexu harassment claims. >> i had never encountered an n.d.a., a nondisclosure agreement, and you're talking y.about large sums of mone and each case hundred, hundredsf housands of dollars. >> narrator: he began toig invee. then he got a name-- zelda perkins. shthad moved to guatemala, he tracked her down.
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>> i picked up the phone and this gentleman asked me directly about whether i had an agreemenh arvey weinstein. >> she was really terrified-- "how'd you find me?" said, "yes, i ha-- yes," when he said, "do you have an agreement with harvey?" and then panicked and was like, "no, no, i haven't... yes, i have... no, i haven't, no, i can'talk to you." i just knew that one thing that i absolutely in fear of death i was not allowed to talk to a journalist. r: >> narraerkins wouldn't agree to an interview for auletta's story, but he decided to confront weinstein. >> we were sitting in a small ch other and i said, "harvey, tell me about zelda perks." he rose, and he clenched his fists, and he raised his shoulders, and he said, "this is a f..." u can imagine-- "an outrage," and he started
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screaming at me. so i thought he was going to throw a punch at me. so i stood up, and that point harvey started to cry. it was extraordiry. and what he'd said was, "ken, you're goingo ruin my marriage, these were consensual relationships. and if you publish this you' going to destroy my-my family." >> narrator: auletta couldn't get anyone to speak on the record about the n.d.a.s and allegations of sexualon he and his editooncluded they couldn't publish what he'd >> ii could have nailed the guy in 2002. the problem i had wathat i couldn't prove it. clearly, people knew or suspected that harvey was a... was a predator, sexual predator. and-and they kept their mouths shut. (reports shouting indistinctly) >> narrato as weinstein fended off reporters from the, mainstream prehe was courting the tabloids.
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>> harvey liked to he a good relationship with the media, and i guess 'cause i'm a brooklyn guy and he's a queenguy, he took to me. and we'd spend some time on the phone, shooting the breeze about whatent on last night, where were the parties, what did you do? >> narrator:ossip writer, aj benza, heard fr a source that weinstein was having an affair. "i called him, and he sainot true, not true, not true." and then he called back and said, "okay, there's something to it, let's try to work this out." >> narrator: although weinstein denies it, benza says they c a deal. he would be paid to supply eilebrity gossip that wein oruld trade with other repterson who dug up dirt im. >> the gossip industry is run on the barter system. if i've got a story about you and you don't want it printed, i you say, "hold il get you something better, and i'll print the other story and save you." that done every day, so what harvey and i were doing was was always already-- it >> narrator: despite the rumors about weinstein at the time,ev
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benza insists he n heard any sexual harassment allegations. >> i know it sounds ridiculous, but in the 20 years i knew harvey there was never a story about him going after somedy sexually. finding out now all these women are... were in some kind of hell with him, no clue, not at all. ♪ >> narrator: but other reporters in hollywood were still trying to pin down e rumors they'd heard. kim masters, who'd beewriting critical stories about miramax, got a meeting with weinstein. >> i met him at the peninsula hotel, for the first time face to face. he comes in very aggressive, yelling and screaming, "whatrd have you hea about me?" and i sort of had this now or never thing, and i said, "i'veyo hearrape women." heid not seem shocked or outraged. you would expect a normal person
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to say, "i sorry, what? how dare you"-- and there was none of that at all. >> nartor: in his response to "frontline," weinstein said that he wasn't shocked because he'd already heard the allegation and it was false. >> i'd heard really brutal allegations. we couldn't write about those, we couldn't get it on the rerd. i think he kind of believed, as he did with reason for years to come, that he was going to be untouchable. (reporteshouting indistinctly) >> narrator: weinstein would eventually leave miramax after a series of disputes with disney. he and his brother set up the weinstein company. >> quick picre, please! >> narrator: rumors about his conduct continued to circulate throughout hollywo, but he kept making hits, and winning awards.>> the king's speech." iain canning, emile sherman... w >> thank you, harvnstein. >> and, of course, harvey. >> harvey, thank you for killing whoever you had to kill to get
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me up here today. (laughter) >> i think the entire industry knew that he was obsessed with young actresses, that he was a cheater on his wife, and that he "made the scene" with many t know who actually knew what was happening. >> and the golden gle goes to... meryl streep. >> it was a time and a place where to be in his circle was to be successful. >> i just want to thk my agent, kevin huvane, and god, harvey weinstein. (laughter) >> narrator: some ofollywood's biggest stars-- like meryl streep-- have since said they we unaware of weinstein's alleged misconduct. but a handful havedmitted they knew, including director quentin tarantino. he said, "i knew enough to do more than i did.""e and thatryone who was close to harvery had heard of at least one of those incidents."
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>> i think there are still a lot of people out there who know way more about what was happening here than what they've cared to share. n they were,many ways, the grt enablers for harvey's behavior. being in his grace was allowing them to make their careers more successful, but there were so samany times they should'v something, stopped something, spoken up. ♪ ♪ >> narrator: in 2011, weinstein invited actress jessica barth for a business meeting at the peninsula hotel in beverly hills. >> he said that there was a role in sarah jessica parker's new film. and then it very quickly shifted to asking me to give him a naked massage on the bed. i was like, "you know, i'm married." and he said-- i said, "you are too, right?" and he said, "yes, but we have... we have an arrangement."
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and i was like, "you know what, harvey, about done wis conversation right now."th so i left, i shudoor, and. i burst into tea i ld my family, and then i told seth mcfarlane, he was ae cliend of mine. (cheers and applause) >> i'm seth mcfarlane, the host of the oscars. congratulations, you five ladies no longer have to pretend to be attracted to harvey weinstein. (laughter) >> a then i was like, good, i'm glad. i'm glad he just did that. because at that poin nobody was saying anything publicly. i feel like everybody kind ofbo knew harvey, but nobody was saying anything publicly. honestly there wasn't any reaction after that. i guess they still wanted to make movies and collect their awards and just go on their merry way. (chuckles)
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>> narrator: by 2015, allegations of harveyst weinn's sexual misconduct had en whispered among industry insiders for decades, but still hadn't become public. that was about to change. ♪ it started when ambra battilana gutierrez, a 22-ar-old italian model, went to the new york police. she had just had a meeting with harvey weinstein. >> the story that she told is that shortly after she came in, harvey weinstein inqred about whether her breasts were real or not, he groped her breastshe reached up her skirt and he tried to kiss her. it degenerates from her coming up there to discuss her career to her fighting this guy off in his office. >> narrator: the police wanted evidence. they asked her to meet weinstein again, and this time wear a
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wire. the next night, she met him at a hotel near his office. ef >> after ithe hotel i was with the police.
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ai felt completely positiut what i'd done. they were super happy and li saying, "wow, now, this person is completely finished; you saved a lot of women." >> the n.y.p.d. arranges to speak with harvey weinstein, and he's denying that anything happened. but they felt that the accuser was credible and these charges were worth pursuing. and that's what they told the... the manhattan district attorney. prosecutors now considingk whetr to press charges, weinstein for the first time found himself in a story he couldn't suppress. weinstein's facing sex assault allegations this morning. >> it's on the front page of "the daily news." it'sn the front page of "the new york post." this is already a huge story. >> the stunning italian model who's accusing harvey weinstein of sexual abuse. >> the woman alleges that weinstein grabbed her thigh and
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chest. >> and so within 36 hours the news coming out, this was the big story in new york city. >> when ambra gutierrez came forward with her allegation, ae machbilized to shut down these charges, and that hiring power lawyers.tein he had one of the most powerful p.r. teams in the country.♪ ♪ >> narrator: weinstein also employed the services of k2, a private intelligence firm usually specializing inig corporate inveions and security. no onerom k2 would agree to an interview, but a former employee who was there at the time says weinstein's request was unusualo we agreeide his identity as he still works in the industry. >> harvey weinstein came to k2 initially with a matter that they probably wouldn't takd on if it was somelse. nobody likes to develop information on somebody who's
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lcusing a client of sexua misconduct. but harvey weinstein beingei harveytein, exceptions were made. >> narrator: he says k2 was tasked with investigating gutierrez' past in italy and providing the information to weinstein. >> stuff started leaki out of the weinstein camp about her past. >> she once fid a sexual assault suit against a 70-year-old "sugar daddy." >> there was a report that she had been sleepinwith a 70-year-old man in return for gifts from this guy. >> it lasted for like a week, everyday something different coming out. everytng was about me being a blackmailer, a prostitute. >> narrator: prosecutors asked to meet with gutierrez. she had given conflicting accounts aly.hat happened in >> they were asking me questione like, his news real?"
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like, "you're a prostitute?" i was asking them like, "did you hear the recording?" they were like, "oh yes, i heard of it, but you have to explaithis situation in italy is very confusing." i was like, "guys, i mean, i'm the victim." er narrator: concerned how story would play to a jury, the district attorney's officeun and weinstein would not be prosecuted. maattan district attorney cyrus vance jr. declined to be interviewed. his office told "frontline" they acted professionally, and that what emerg from the audio and subsequent investigation was insufficient to prove a crime under new york law. >> the case rose and fell entily on a study of the reputation of the accuser. everybody just foced on ambra and nobody focused on the guy that she accused. >> narrator: like other women before her, gutierrez went on to
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sign a non-disclosure agreement. she received a million dollars-- weinstein's biggest known settlement she says the deal doesn't prevent her fr giving an interview, but she can't reveal the details of the alleged assault. >> there is 18 pages, like really, really like, written in very small letters and there is a list of different things i can't do and, yeah, the first o silence. ♪ >> narrator: although weinstein hadn't been charged, an allegation of sexual assault wao now in the publiin. c inside the weinstepany, executives absorbed the news. >> it was on the front page of a the "new york post those of us that heard about it and read it, kind of looked at eacht r. i don't think anybody was too
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tom prince, an executive who left the company last year, is speaking out for the first time. no current executives would agree to an interview. prince says he had become concerned about weinstein's use of company funds to fly women around the world. >> pretty much on every ll or an email saying we phone have to fly an actress to the movie set. and i would always com and explain to them that this is a one-r two-day role, and you know, we're spending an awful lot of money flying somebody from paris to philadelphia or fro new york to new zealand fulfill a role that could be occupied by a local resident there. but this was a mandate from harvey. it was the company that was completely and utterly ruled by harvey and harvey was a dictator. i thought clearly there was
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something more than the actresses' acting abilities involved with us flying somebody and spending $20,000 on a role that would have st $2,000. >> narrator: in his respon" to "frontline", weinstein deniedis and said that he and prince c repeatedshed over budgets and other production issues. and despite princes suspicions, he insists only ever heard vag rumors about weinstein's condt. >> i knew i would hear t but they were innuendoes and they were secondnd third-hand. i didn't know and to be perfectly honest, i didn't give it a lot of thought because you're too buried in doing what you're trying to do, just trying to survive every >> narrator: bob ein, who heads the weinstein company, has also said that he and the board had no knowledge of his brother's alleged misconduct, even though rumors had been circulating within the company.
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>> over the years there were certain people and it wasn't just assistants it was executives in the company who did have glimpses of predatory behavior. there were hr officials who were told about his behaviowithin his own company, there were lawyers who were brought ito strike settlements, but it's not 100% clear exactly what went on behind the scenes of the weinstein company board in 2015s but what's cleahat the board was aware of the italianat models alln. >> narrator: in fact, soon after ambra gutierrez's settlement with weinstein in 2015, hisnt ct was up for renewal and the board made some changes aimed at his behavior. >> there was a new code of conduct that was put into place that yeaapproved by the board in which they added more explicit language on sexual harassment, they also put some terms in the contract, harvey's
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contract as well as the contract of other executives in which there would be financial penalties if they violated that code oconduct and the company was required to pay, to make any payments or settlements to to-- victims of that misconduct. so there were some measures to try to address what they thought might be his misconduct at that time. ♪ >> narrator: with his new contract, weinstein's position at the company was secure. but he was about to come underom more pressur an unexpected quarter. (reporterselling indistinctly) over the years, weinstein hadai helped r millions for amfar, the foundation for aids research but the amfar board had become concerned. the problem was not sexual
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misconduct, but a dispute over the proceeds of a charity auction. >> there, this is fun. n rator: the charity hired lawyer tom ajamie to investigate exactly what happened to the money. >> during the course of our investigation we had to interview people. we would say to them, "why did it go here, why did it go there?" the response we would get would be, "well, before we get into that, do y know that harvey weinstein rapes women? do you know that harvey weinstein is a sexual prator?" now we had no proof of that, but this is what we were hearing and it was very disturbing. >> narrator: word about this got back to weinstein and he askedim ajamie to meet >> he said to me, "tom, you're spreading rumors about me raping women." and my response was, "harvey, i'm not saying that, the community is saying that about you." and at some point he got veryy and said, "you better be careful, tom, because i've
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investigated you, and you're not so clean, so be careful." ♪ >> narrator: weinstein has repeatedly denied rape allegations. >> when the meeting ended, he ran up to me and got very close to my face and said, "please, please sign a non-disclosure agement. please don't tell anyone. man to man, don't tell anyone what you've learned about me." and i said, "harvey, i can't do that."t, he walked e got into the elevator, and as the elevator doors were closing, i was looking at his face and he was looking at my face, and i saw a very sad and desperate m who was now sticking his fingers in various parts of the dike and trying to prent the water from leaking out and the entire dam from falling and crushing down on him. >> narrator: weinstein had been
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trying to silence his accusers for decades. but he was now under increasing scrutiny from multiple news organizations. >> there had long been rumors about harvey weinstein. and this was the moment in time where the "new york times" said, "let's put some investigative muscle into this and so we spent many, many weeks and many months trying to get women who had had encounters with weinstein to tell us their stories. ♪ >> narrator: in october 2017, harvey weinstein finally lost control of t story. >> now to the latest on harvey weinstein. r "the new york times"eporting allegations by numerous women who say the hollywood mogul sexuallyarassed them. >> narrator: it was no lonr hollywood's open secret. it was news around the world.d >> weinstein is accu sexually harassing female employees and actors... >> (reporter speaking chinese) >> (reporter speaking spanish)
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>>)reporter speaking french >> narrator: "the new york times" published multiple allegations of sexual harassment going back decades. >> harvey weinstein seemed to conduct himself as if he was invincible. so we really kind of held our breath after the story broke wondering if it was gonna have an impact. >> narrator: further allegations-- some of assault f and rape-- wouldollow in the "new yorker." in the following weeks, dozens more women-- some famous, some not-- would come forward. ♪ >> i had no idea of the breadth and enormity of the story, i thout he just preyed on us. that was the most shocking thing, realizing that he was a serious predator, and he had been seriously abusing people with total impunity for all this time. amera shutters clicking)
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narrator: soon after the news broke, weinstein was fired from his company anwent into therapy. >> i spoke to harvey, he doesn't sound sad and dected, t humiliated, but i think little he's gearing up for the fight. >> narrator: in a statement to frontline, weinstein's spokeswoman said while he denies any non-consensual sexual conduct, he is deeply apologetic to those offended by his behavior. the spokeswoman said "it is wrong and irresponsiblto conflate claims of impolitic behavior or consensual sexual contact later regretted with an untrue claim of criminal conduct, and his lawyers will respond in t appropriate legal forum with evidence disproving the claims against h." >> i think harvey's career is over. but you know, who knows?
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anything can happen. >> narrator: as of now, police in los angeles, new york and london are investigating rape and sexual assault allegations going back to the 1980s. the new york attorney general'ss officeiled a civil rights case against weinstein and the weinstein company - which declared bankruptcy and is now in the process of being sold. and a group of models and actresses is pursuing a class action lawsuit against him. >> i don't want to go down in history as harvey weinstein's assault victim, t i damn well will if it's going to help put him in jail, and it's going to change the system. i will. >> harvey, are you doing okay? >> yeah, i'm not doing okay. i'm trying. i goa get help, guys. you know what, wall make mistakes. second chance, i hope, okay? >> it saddens me that everybody woke up because of harve
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weinstein.he on t other hand, thank god we've woken up. >> ...the violent ms-13 gang for machete attacks. >> ...police have uncoveredre humains... >> if you're an ms-13 gang member, take a look behind me. for every rson here, there is 10 more. >> ...a major crackdown... >> they said, "we're taking the boy. uh, we're government." >>e have seen a significant number of ms-13 gang members who entered the united states as unaccompanied minors. >> anyone can be labeled and cause them to be detained, and their civil rights to be violated, and these are children. li >> go to for the latest developments on the weinstein story. >> any agent who knew what was happening with harvey weinstein should be coming forward now, explaining what happened... >> ...and learn more about non-disclosure agreements. >> there is 18ages, a list of
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