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>> ♪ >> harvey! (cameras clicking) >> tonight, on frontne... >>eore than 60 women have c forward to accuse weinstein ofse rape.rassment, assault and >> by the mid 90s we were aware beof what he was alleged t doing. >> weinstein has repeatedly denied allegationsf non-consensual sex. >> he believed, that he was going to be untouchae. >> narrator: ...the story of how hvey weinstein silenced his accusers. >> harvey weinstein had an incredibly complex machine designed to maintain silence around this... >> i just remember feeling so powerless and furious...e >> ...lapay outs,
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nondisclosure agreements... >> absolutely in fear of death i was not allowed to talk to a journalist. >> .an array of private investigation firms. >> they completely destroyed me and my image. >> he had one of the mostms powerful legal tean the country. >> he got very angry and said, "i've investigated you and you're not so clean so be careful". >> narrator: the fnsiders speaking o the first time. >> it was the company th was completely and utterly ruled by harvey and harvey was a dictator. >> narrator: about wha hollywood knew... >> i think looking back that i c did know andse to suppress it. i chose to hide from that fact. >> narrator: tonight, a "frontline" special, "weinstein." >> frontline is ma possible by contributions to your pbs station from viewers like you. thank you. and by the corporation for jor support is provided by the
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john d. and catherine t. macarthur foundation, committed to building a more just, verdant and peaceful world. more information is available at the ford foundation, working with visionaries on the front lineof social change worldwide. at ford additional support is provided by the abrams foundation, committed to eellence in journalism. to heightening public esscated of critical issues. the john and helen glessner family trust. supporting trustworthy journalism that informs and inspires. and by the frontli journalism fund, with major support from jon and jo ann hagler. ♪ ng >> i was just stary career, it was the early '90s. i was just out of acting school, going on auditions and pounding the pavement.
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♪ the first time i met him was in a, you know, a legitimd it was meeting set up by my agents. the first moments of that meeting were very easy, eezy, 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 one of our movies, you know, you should come. i'll have my car come pick 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 conversation about movies 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 ought, "he's coming afte me." (sighs um... injust remember sort of da 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 toll figet a... a way out. i knew that if i went up against harvey weinstein, i mean, just instinctually, i'd be squashed. so i was 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 sincoctober 2017. many of these women ar suing him. weinstein declined to be interviewed. but through his spokeswoman, he provided "frontline" with written responses to the allegations in this film. he denies any criminal conduct. >> harvey weinstein was one of the mostowerful people in hollywood for decades, and he was a darling of the arican political world. any time you have a ory like this where people are getting hurt over decades and decades, there are people around who knew enough and could have done more to stop it. >> i think this is a momentous reckoning. bus frankly, i think there'so much more to discover. who 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 henly put in a year before he was just kind of mesmerized by all of the opportunities that awaited him here. ♪ >> narrator: weinstein built up a succeful concert promotion business. then, in 10, he made his first film. ♪ >> it was a go film about a guy that comes back for revenge and murders the people at the
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camp. (screaming) >> narrator: 24-year-old paulaia wachworked on the film as an intern. one day, she says, she was asked to take some checks to a hotel t room for weinstesign. >> he was standing there and he hand towel around his waist. i handed him the folder and he dropped the hand towel, and all the while he's asking me questions about checks. and he, at some point, sat dn on the bed, and he plopped the folder on his lap, and then he t started saying, "what abis 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 shlder," he 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 description."in my job >> arrator: another young woman working on the film, suza maher-wilson, says weinstein approached her at a party after filming had finished. this is the first time she's spoken publicly out it. >> there was a hotel room rightf the lobby. and that's when he like lured me in there to ve him a massage. and i agreed, ing a 23-year-old naïve, trusting young woman. he, said, "i'm going to the lavatory and then i...okay." 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 room immediately. >> narrator: weinstein has sinc said iatement,i came of age in the '60s and ' thathe culture then." in his responses to "frontline," he denies paula wachowiak's account, and disagrees on theta s of suza maher-wilson's account. >> i told probably a handful 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 wield that over younger younger girls.nk >> i don't tnyone would have listened to m i don't think it would have matter. i'm not famous. i didn't think that my story meant anything to anybody.
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>> narrar: weinstein soon left buffalo for new york city. miramax-- the film company he founded along with his brother bob-- was expanding. they saw themselves as artists, outsiders to the hollywood system. >> at miramax we're not underor thatrateressure to say, "jesus, we've got to go up each year." we can do what we think is good and if our profits a lower next year than they were the year before, so what? so what, as long as we did good work. ♪ >> narrator: the company made its name with movies that mainstream studios ignored. weinstein's power was growing, and he was working with top hollywood actresses. ad chatter) >> come on, we g him. >> narrator: in 1992, sean young, who was already known for movies like "blade runner,"is starred in hatest film "love crimes." >> who the (bleep) are you? >> district attorney,
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ass(eep). i play a character who discovers tracks them down, and heen tables are turned and is entrapped by him. the wire wt out. i wanted to get him under felony and i needed it on i was sittin harvey's office after the picture. and this is the only time this has ever happened to me, he pulled his... thing out and my reonse was, "you know, harvey, i really wouldn't be pullinghi that out because it's really not pretty." and i got upnd i left. >> narrator: in his responses, weinstein told "frontline" seano young's t is untrue, he never met her in his office ore, anywhere end had nothing to do with her career. it was the 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 made him feel foolish. ♪ i waset to have 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 bought by disney, helping weinstein become o of the most powerful producers in hollywood. disney says it was unaware of any sexual misconduct complaints against but his coll say he was notoriously difficult to work for. being in a cult.ramax was like 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 ofum normal beings. ra >> nr: paul 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 volcanicemper. i knew he was a dangerous character. but i knew also that he was at the epicenter of where i wanted to be. >> narrator: despite his stars continued to linohollywood work with him. a part in one of his films could mean artistic credibily, fame, and awards >> oh, my love! i thought you were dead!
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>> narrator: in 1998, 26-year-old gwyneth paltrow"s appeared in kespeare in love." (cheers and applause) ♪ h oscars.bher and weinstein >> this is a movie about life and art, and art and life combining is cled magic. >> narrator: weinstein was at the top of the holwood establishment. but a reporter with sources in the movie industry was about a disturbing rumor >> we had heard that gwyneth paltrow had been assaulted. we heard 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 at that point at all.if ou call their publicist and say, "i wanted to talk to gwyneth paltrow because i heard
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she was attacked by harvey weinstein," yocan imagine 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 assault. but she's since said that weinsteiharassed her, and that she told her agent, and her then-boyfriend brad pitt, who confronted weinstein. >> it's a hard choice to make. shcould take him on or havre her , and i'm not blaming her for not wanting to take him on. we've seen in the aftermath,he stroy people who tried to takeo 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 unawareof his reputation.
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>> in 1998 i was 24. modeling around the world, i thought i was tough. >> narrator: z brock met weinstein at the cannes film festival. >> wwere taken into the majestic hotel to have dner, 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'd spoken to everybody and they were going to join us at t du cap, where he was staying, which is 30 minutes out of cannes and quite remote. >> narrator: when they arrived at his hotel, she saysen weinstein'urage disappeared and her friends were nowhere be seen. >> 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 walk back in and he was naked. so he's negotiating, he's negotiating a massage. "i want a massage. come on, give me a massage, give me a massage. just, you know, let me give you a massage. blah blah blah blah blah." and he's rapid fire, and he takes control of the situaon. i very unwillingly let him maneuver me into his bedroom, and sat... sat on the bed. i may have even been stupid enough to lie down and he started to massage my shoulders. and within seconds i knew that, that was just not going fly, there was no way this was happening. and i got up and i bolted intoth the om and he chased me.
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but i rememberocking the door and him being on the other side of it and banging. i screamed at him, "put your (bleep) clothes on you naughtybo (bleep" 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 n'between his tears, "you like me because i'm fat." i really felt sorry for him in th moment. at that point i had no idea obviously how dangerous he really was. narrator: weinstein's responses to "frontline" do noty direispute zoe 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 in hollywood-- 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, aoshollywood, 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 knew what was happening with harvey weinstein shld be coming forward now explaining what happened. ♪
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>> narrator: one of the most influential talent firms in hollywood, creative artistsha agencysince said in a statement, "we apologize to any person the aget down." by now, some inside miramax had started to connect the dots about weinstein's havior. >> my memory is that i was fully aware that harvey was a serial womanizer. there would be times when you'dc bed out ofhe suite in the savoy or the peninsula hotel in l.a., and he would entertain. but it dn't take too much brainpower to put it together that a man who was so abusive and bullying in every aspect o 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 hide from that fact.n i we were all enablers. i think we were, we were all complicit.ha could done anything at the time? well, for one, i never thought about doing anything about it. i know that i prevented my savoy hotel late at ni to the i said, "no, you can't go."sl so, obvii was aware of that. i didn't have the guts to do anything about i think the 'd made with 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 assiants. >> the first time that i traveled alone abroad with him, tohe insisted that i went he bathroom while he had a sauna because he needed to do work, and i refused to 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 lee 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 actresat he had had some sort of sexual relationsgi with or who han him 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, perkinsmp acied weinstein 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 assaulteher, that 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 the life of his wife andn-on children that absolutely nothing had happened. >> narrator: but perkins didn't believe him. she and her colleague quit miramax and went to lawyers inlo on for advice. >> there didn't seem to be any recourse in terms of bringing harvey to justice. we had no phical proof, we hadn't gone to the police in... on the lido in venice. really the only optionhat we were given was to request damages. ♪ >> nartor: in negotiation 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. >> we weren't allowed to talk to anybody about the alleged behavior, but also about our time at miramax. this wasn't a normal confidentiality agreement; this wasn't us saying that we weren't gonna, you know, give ay corporate secrets. this was a deeply personally binding agreent, which certainly in my colleague's case, meant that she couldn' ever speak about a huge personal trauma that happened to 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 deni the attemptedll rapeation, and says that, "ms. perkins asked for money instead of reporting her claims to the authorities." >> 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: weinstein went on women who accused him of sexual misconduct. in his response to "frontline," he said, "over period of 30 years there were actually less than ten settlements of harassment claims." e and that "none of th settlement agreements prevented any individual from going to the police had they wished to do so." >> the use of n.d.a.s on behalf of weinstein to silence women
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who agreed to them was an enabling factor. it allowed him to silence complaining victims and just see it as a cost of doing business. n so h that he had nothing to fear from continuing with the behavior that led to the problem in the first place, and again, and again, and again. >> narrator: 4 years later, a journalist at the "new yorker" magazine heard that weinstein had been settlinsexual harassment claims. >> i had never encountered an n.d.a., a nondisclosure agreement, and you're talking about large sums of money. and each case hundred, hundreds of thousands of dollars. >> narrator: he began to investigate. then he got a name zelda she had moved to guatebut he tracked her down.
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>> i picked up the phone and this gentleman asked me directly about whether i had an agreement with harvey weinstein. - she was really terrifie "how'd you find me?" >> i think i might have even said, "yes, i ha-- yes," when he said, "do you have an agreement with harve" and then panicked and was like, "no, no, i haven't... yes, i have... no, i haven't, no, i can't talk to you." i just knew that one thing that i absolutely in fear of deh i was not allowed to talk to a journalist. n rator: perkins wouldn't agree to an interview for auletta's story, but he decided to confront weinstein. >> we were sitting in a small conference room, across from each other and i said, "harvey, tell me about zea perkins." he rose, and he clenched his fists, and he raised his shoulders, and he said, "this is nf..." you can imagine-- screaming at me. started
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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 eraordinary. and what he'd said was, "ken, you' going to ruin my marriage, these were consensual relationships. and if you publish ts you're 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 sexual he and hditors concluded they couldn't publish at he'd heard. >> i wish i could have nailed the guy in 2002. the problei had was that i couldn't prove it. clearly, people knew or suspected that harvey was a... was a predator, sexual predar. and-and they kept their mouths shut. (reports shouting indistinctly) >>arrator: as weinstein fe off reporters from theam mainst press, he was courting the tabloids.
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>> harvey liked have a good relationship with the media, ane i guess 'c'm a brooklyn guy and he's a queens guy, he took to me. and we'd spend some time on the phone, shooting the breeze about hewhat went on last night, were the parties, what did you do? >> nrator: gossip writer, aj benza, hed from a source that weinstein was having an affair.he i called him, and said, "not 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 saythey cut a deal. he would be paid to supply celebrity gossip that weinsteino could trade wier reporters who dug up dirt on him. >> the gossip industry is run the barter system. if i've got a story about you and you don't want it printed,ld you say, "t, i'll get you something better, and i'll print the other story and save you." that's done every day, so what harvey and i we doing was something that was already-- it was always done. >> narrator: despite the rumor about weinstein at the time,
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benza insists he never 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 afr somebody sexually. finding out now all these women are... were in some ki of hell with him, no clue, not at all. ♪ >> narrator: but other reporters in hollywood were still trying to pinown the rumors they'd heard. kim masters, who been writing 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 ivery aggressive, yelling and screaming, "what y ha heard about me?" and i sort of had this now or never thing, and i said, "i've heard you rape women." he did not seem shocked or outraged. you would expect a normal person
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to say, "i'm sorry, what? how dare you"-- and there was none of that at all. >> narrator: in his response to "frontline," weinstein said thaw n'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 record. i think he kind of believed, as he did with reason for years to come, that he was going to beuc unble. (reporter shouting indistinctly) >> narrator: weinstein would eventually leave miramax after a series of disputes with disney. he and his brother set up the weinstein company. >> qck picture, please! >> narrator: rumors about his conduct continued to circulate throughoutollywood, but he kept making hits, and winning awards. >> "the king's speech." iain canning, emile sherman..., >> thank yrvey weinstein. >> and, of course, harvey. >> harvey, thank you for killing whoever you had to kill to get t
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me up heay. (laughter) >> i think the entire industrybs knew that he wassed with young actresses, that he was a cheater on his wife, a thahe "made the scene" with many women. i don't know who actually knew what was happening. >> and the goln globe goes to... meryl streep. >> it was a time and a place where to be in his circle was tc bessful. >> i just want to thank my agent, kevin huvane, and god, harvey weinstein. (laughter) >> narrator: some of hollywood's biggest stars-- like meryl streep-- have since said they were unaware of weinstein's alleged misconduct. but a handful have admitted they knew, including director quentin tarantino. he said, "i knew enough to do more than i did."an that, "everyone who was ose to harvery had heard of at least onof those incidents."
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>> i think there are still a loh of people out therknow way more about what was happening here than what they've cared to share. w there, in many ways, theve great enablers for hy's behavior. being in his grace was allowing them to make their careers more successful, but there were sosh many times theld've said 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 fi. 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,o harvey, abou with this conversation right now." i so i lefhut the door, andto i burst ears.d i told my family, en i told seth mcfarlane, he was a close friend of mine. heers 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) >> and then i was like, good, i'm glad.m ad he just did that. because at that point, nobody was saying anything publicly. i feel like everybody kind of knew about harvey, but nobody was saying anything publicly. honestly there wasn't any reactionfter 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 harvey had been whispered amoconduct industry insiders for dedes, but stilhadn'tecome public. that was about to change. ♪ ♪ it start when ambra battilana gutierre a 22-year-old italian model, went to the new york police. she had just had a meeting withv ha weinstein. >> the story that she told is that short after she came in, harvey weinstein inquired aboute whher breasts were real or not, he groped her breasts, he reached her skirt and he tried to kiss her. it degenerates from her coming up there to discuss her career to her fighting this guyff in his office. >> narrator: the police wanted evidence. they asked her to meet weinstein again, and ts time wear a
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wire. hotel ne his office.met him at a er >> a left the hotel i was with the police.
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i felt completely positive about what i'd done. they were super happy and like saying, "wow, now, this person is completely finished; yo 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 crges were worth pursuing. and that's what they told the... the manhattan district attorney. >> narrator: with new yorkw prosecutors nsidering ether to press charges, weinstein for the first time found himself in a story he couldn't suppress. >> movie mogul harvey weinstein's facing sexual assault allegations this morning. >> it's on the front page of it's on the front pagehe 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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est. >> and so within 36 hours of the news coming out, this was the big story in new york city. >> when ambra gutierrez came forward with her allegation, a machine mobilized to shut down these charges, and that included harvey weinstein hiring power lawyers. he had one of the most powerful p.r. teams in the country. ♪ >> narrator: weinstein also employed the services of k a private intelligence firm usually specializing inin corporatstigations and security. no one from k2 would agree to an interview, but a former employee who was there at the time says weinstein's request was unusual. we agreed to hide his identitywo as he stils in the >> harvey weinstein ca to kinitially with a matter that they probably wouldn't taks on if it webody else. nobody likes to develop information on somebody who'sof accusing a client exual
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misconduct. but harvey weinstein being harvey weinstein, exceptions were made. >> narrator: he says k2 was tasked with investigating gutierrez' past in ily and providing the information to weinstein. >> stuff start leaking out of the weinstein camp about her past. >> shence filed a sexual assault suit against a 70-year-old "sugar daddy." >> there was a report thathe had be sleeping with a 70-year-old man in retn for gifts from this guy. >> it lasted for like a week, everyday something diffent coming out. everything was about me being a blackmailer, a prostitute. >> narrator: prosecutors asked to meet with gutierrez. she had given conflicting accounts of what happened in italy. >> they were asking me questions like, "are this news real?"
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like, "you're a prostitute?" i was asking them like, id you hear the recording?" they were like, "oh yes, i heard of it, but you have to explain this situation in italy is very confusing." i was like, "guys, i mean, i'm the victim." h >> narrator: concern her district attorney's office, the announced weinstein would not be prosecuted. manhattan district attorney cyrus vance jr. declined to be interviewed. his office told "frontline" they acted professionally, and that what emerged from the audio and subsuent investigation was insufficient to prove a crime under new york law. >> the case rose and fell entirely on a study of t reputation of the accuser. everybody just focused on ambra and nobody focused on thguy 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 r from 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 sma letters and there is a list of different things i can't do a, yeah, the first of all is silence. ♪ >> narrator: although weinstein hadn't been charged, an allegation of sexual assault wab now in thec domain.ns inside the win company, executives absorbed the news. >> it was on the front page ofk the "new yst," and those of us that heard about it and read it, kind of looked at each other. i don't think anybody was too
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surprised. tom prince, an executive who left the company last year, is f speaking o the first time. no current executives would agree to an interview. prince ss he had become concerned about weinstein's use of company rld.s to fly women around the >> pretty much on every production i would get a phone call or an email saying we ve to fly an actress to the movie set. c and i would alwae back and explain to them that this is a yoone- or two-day role, an know, we're spending an awful lot of money flying somebody from paris to philadelphia or z from new york to nland to fulfill a role that could 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 wouldave cost $2,000. >> narrator: in hiresponse to "frontline", weinstein denied this and said that he and prince edly clashed over budgets and other production issues. and despite princes suspicions, he insists only ever heard vague rumors about weinstein's >> i knew nothing. i would hear things, but they were innuendoes and they were second and third-hand. i dn't know and to be perfectly honest, i didn't give it a lot of thought because you're too buried in doing wt you're trying to do, just trying to survive every day. >> narrator: bob weinstein, who heads the weinstein company, has also said that he and the boardo had no knowledhis brother's alleged misconduct, even though rumors hadeen circulating within the company.
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>> over the years there re certain people and it wasn't ju assistants it was executives in the company wh did have glimpses of predatory behavior. there were hr officials who were told about his behavior within his own compy, there were lawyers whwere brought in to strike settlements, but it's not 100% clear exactly what went on behind the scenes ofhe weinstein company board in 2015, but what's clear is that the board was aware of the italian models allegation. >> narrator: in fact, soon after ambra gutierrez's settlement with weinstein in 2015, his contract was up for renewal and the board made some changes aimed at his behavior. >> there was a new code of conduct at was put into place that year approved by the board in which they add 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 code of conduct and thanyd that was required to pay, to make any paymentsr settlements to to-- victims of that misconduct. so there were some measures to try to address what they thought time. be his misconduct at that ♪ >> narrator: with his new contract, weinstein's position at the company was secure. but he was about to come underss moure from an unexpected quarter. (rtlorters yelling indistinc over the years, weinstein hadhe ed raise millions for amfar, the foundation for aidsse arch. 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. >> narrator: the charity hired lawyer tom ajamie to investigate exactly what happened to the >> durincourse of our investigation we had to interview people. we would say to them, "why did it go here, why did it goe? th the response we would get would be, "well, before we get into yat, do you know that har weinstein rapes women? do you know that harvey weinstein is a sexual predator?o 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 askedme ajamie t him. >> 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 very careful, tom, because etter be
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investigated you, and you're not so clean, so be careful." ♪ >> narrator: weinstein has repeatedly denied rape allegations. >> when e meeting ended, he ran up to me and got very close to my face and said, "please, please sign a non-disclosure agreement. 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."ke he wout, he got into the elevator, and as the elevator doors were closing, i was looking at his face and he wasce looking at my and i saw a very sad and desperate man who was now sticking his fingers in various parts of the dike and trying to prevent the water froh leaking out anentire dam from falling and crushing down on him. >> narrator: weinstein had been
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trying to silence his accusers for decades. t 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 investigativeo muscle iis." and so we spent many, many wee and many months trying tget women who had had encounters with weinstein to tell us their sties. ♪ >> narrator: in october 2017, harvey weinstein finally lost contl of the story. >> now to the latest on harvey weinstein.k "the new yortimes" reporting allegations by numerous women who say the hollywood mogul sexually harassed them. >> narrator: it wano longer hollywood's open secret. it was news around the world.s >> weinsteincused of xually harassing female employees and actors... >> (reporter speaking chinese) >> (reporter speaking spanish)fr
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>> (reporter speakch) >> narrator: "the new york times" published multiple allegations of sexual harassment going back decades.we >> harvey instein seemed to conduct himself as if he w invincible. so we really kind of held our breath after the story broke wondering if it was gonna have an >> n further allegations-- some of assault and rape-- would follow in the ew yorker." in the following weeks, dozens more women-- some famous, some not-- would come forward. ♪ >> i had no idea of the breadth thought he just preyed.ry, i that was the most shocking thing, realizing that was a serious predator, and he had been seriously abusing people with total impunity for all this time. ck (camera shutters clig)
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narrator: soon after the newsin broke, weinsas fired from his company and went into therapy. >> i spoke to harvey, he doesn't sound sad and dejected, he sounds a little bit- a little bit humiliated, but i think 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.wo the spokn said "it is wrong and irresponsible to conflate claims of impolitic behavior or consensual sexual contact later regretted with an untrue claim of criminal conduct, and his lawyers wl respond in the appropriate legal forum with evidence disprong the aims against him." >> i think harvey's care 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 re and sexual assault allegations going back to the 1980s. the new york attorney general'sf ce has filed 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 ctim, but i damn well will if it's going to help put him in jail, and it's going to change the syste i will. >> harvey, are you doing okay? >> yeah, i'm not doing okay.i' i gotta get help, guys you know what, we all make mistakes. second chance, i hope, okay? >> it saddens me that everybody woke up because ofarvey
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weinstein. on the other hand, thank god we've woken up. >> donald trump says,"can i expect loyalty from you?" >> comey sees danger. >> president trump, he knows a shakedown when he sees it. >> the call for a special council just gets louder >> the justice department appointed a special counsel. >> bob mueller cares about one thing, indicting bad guys and putting them in prison. control the justice dement's investigation into him. >> ...phony russia witch hunt. >> ...that's extraordinary. >> narrator: next time on frontline. p >> go 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 aboutdi nolosure agreements. >> there is 18 pages, a list of
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