this is "nightline." >> tonight, speaking out. ashley judd and other women detailing graphic allegations of sexual misconduct by hollywood executive harvey weinstein. now fired from his own company. once thanked by top stars at the oscars. >> i'd like to thank har ree weinstein. >> thank you for killing whoever you had to kill to get me up here today. >> what brought the mogul down. >> plus the first lady? >> i'm basically first trump wife, okay? i'm first lady. okay? >> those words from ivana trump evoking a fiery response from melania trump today. the president's first wife telling all. her feelings about that infamous "access hollywood" tape and would she accept an apology from
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good evening. thanks for joining us. one of the most powerful men in hollywood now ousted from his own company. harvey weinstein stands accused of decades of sexual harassment. tonight you'll hear from insiders who say hushed rumors of the movie mogul's behavior have been circulating for year. but as more women come forward, those whispers are becoming a roar. some say it was an open secret. hidden just behind the glittering red carpets and all the praise. >> i would like to thank harvey weinstein. >> thank you to harvey. >> harvey, thank you for killing whoever you had to kill to get me up here today. >> it's an old hollywood joke that movie mogul harvey weinstein gets more thank yous at awards shows than god. >> my agent, and god, harvey
weinstein. >> now turning to condemnation after a stunning fall from grace. bombshell allegations of sexual harassment throughout the past 30 years. >> there were rumors. >> we are not surprised at all. i've been hearing about this for more than 20 years. >> it began thursday with a scathing "new york times" report, stories of women being paid off to keep silent about weinstein's alleged sexual misconduct. the media powerhouse targeted young assistants and famous actresses alike. stars like ashley judd, who finally put weinstein's face to a story she's been telling for years. >> the way she tells us, harvey weinstein was in his bathroom and he starts making her a kind of series of offers starting with, you look so tired. you've been shooting all night. can i please give you a massage? and she said that she said no. according to ashley, he said, will you at least watch me take
a shower. >> her voice carries a lot, a lot of weight. and people look at her as courageous, as they should. >> judd now being praised for her bravery, opening up about alleged harassment, the kind women often stay silent about, especially when it involves powerful men. >> he had a tremendous advantage. he had power. he had money. you know, he could dangle in front of people the possibility of awards, the possibility of becoming movie stars. and on the other side of that was the opportunity to get smeared by his lawyers, be blacklisted in the industry and wreck your life. >> according to "the new york times," weinstein reached private settlements with at least eight women, with an agreement to stay silent. one of those women is reportedly actress rose mcgowan. >> rose mcgowan has gone around for many years kind of just dancing around the implication that she's had some horrible experience with harvey weinstein. >> taking to twitter after the
"times" article mcgowan posting this photo of herself from years ago with the message, this is the girl that was hurt by a monster. this is who you are shaming with your silence. weinstein responded to the article saying he planned to take a leave of absence and, quote, i appreciate the way i've behaved with colleagues in the past has caused a lot of pain and i sincerely apologize for it. weinstein had already hired lawyer lisa bloom as an adviser. she talked to good morning america friday. >> i've worked with harvey for a year and these rumors have swirled around him for a long time. i said to him, what's going on? this is not okay. >> a day after this interview, bloom quit. at the same time weinstein's personal lawyer said the article was saturated with false and defamatory statements and that weinstein was going to sue the newspaper. weinstein, a notoriously hot tempered executive discussed his reputation in an interview with my colleague terry moran while
filming the movie "bully." >> i have to be honest, ten years ago i had a pretty bad temper. >> redemptive because the press around you is you're a tough guy. >> bully not but certainly tough and temperamental about work pf i've always defended people who needed it. i've always hated injustice. i might be tough, but i hate injustice. >> harvey liked to operate from a point of fear. harvey was the guy who yelled at everybody. this was not a nice guy, but he was a wealthy guy. he was powerful guy. he could make careers. >> the co-founder of miramax, head of the weinstein company, the name behind blockbusters like "silver linings playbook." >> do you feel that? that's emotion. >> and "django unchained." >> what's your name? >> catapulting the careers of some of hollywood's a-listers.
>> harvey weinstein who believes in us and made this movie. >> i must thank the book of weinstein. mazel tov. >> but by sunday his own career seemed to be over. the weinstein board including harvey's younger brother bob fired the company co-chair. >> it's possible that there were things that they know that we don't know that haven't come out yet that may be even worse. >> sharon waxman was a "new york times" reporter back in 2004 when she says she first tried to break a story about weinstein's alleged inappropriate behavior with women. >> went to london to meet with somebody who i was -- i could confirm had been paid off, but i didn't know how much. i didn't know for what. i didn't have the details. it was not something that i could publish in "the new york times" or elsewhere. but i knew she existed because i met her. but she was terrified to speak. i understand why. because she knew she was open to legal liability if she did that. >> the "times" responding to waxman saying no one currently at the times has knowledge of
editorial decisions made on that story. but the only reason a story would be held would be it didn't meet our standards for publication. now, more women coming forward with allegations about weinstein, some dating back years. >> good evening, everyone. it's 7:00. i'm lauren savin. >> a former local news anchor in long island in an interview with megyn kelly says weinstein made unwanted and lewd sexual advances to her at a new york restaurant more than ten years a ago. >> he cornered me in the vestibule and leaned in and tried to kiss me, which i immediately rebuffed. i had no idea what was going to happen. it happened very quickly. and he immediately exposed himself and, you know, began pleasuring himself, and i just stood there dumbfounded. >> why is it that so many women stay silent? >> i think that we need a
culture on the corporate side of all companies where women are actively encouraged to speak up when they encounter harassment. >> some hollywood elites pushing back against the notion that weinstein's decades of misbehavior were an open secret. vocal feminist meryl streep issuing a blistering statement. the disgraceful news about harvey weinstein has appalled those of us whose work he championed. one thing can be clarified, not everybody knew. his ouster comes amid an upheaval of media moguls. the late roger ailes resigned and bill o'reilly was fired from high powered positions within fox news following a string of sexual harassment allegations. both men denied the allegations against them. >> when men get too much money they think they can misbehave. >> can hollywood return from this? i think they call that a
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her own. this is amy robach. >> reporter: ivana trump is the original mrs. donald trump. once half of new york city's flashiest '80s power couple now mother to president trump's oldest children, don jr., ivanka and eric. at any point when you were married, did you ever think this man could be president one day? >> yes. you should run for president. and i think he could do it. if there would not be a scandal. >> reporter: the scandal she's referring to is trump's affair with model marl ra maples. >> every american woman hated him. there was no way he could run during the scandal. >> reporter: the relationship ended the marriage and made ivana trump the ultimate member of the first wives club. >> and remember. >> what? >> don't get mad. get everything. >> reporter: ivana writes about the fallout the divorce had on her family, in the new memoir
"raising trump." did you ask president trump's permission before writing this book? >> no, i did not. because this is my life. he told her divorce is a business deal and he cannot lose. he has to win. so he took about two years, and after the situation was straightened out, we are friends. >> reporter: how often do you two talk? >> talk about once every 14 days. i have direct number to white house. but i don't really want to call him there because melania is there and i don't want to cause any kind of jealousy or something like that. because i'm basically first trump wife, okay? i'm first lady, okay? >> reporter: in response to these comments, a spokesperson for melania trump told abc news today, mrs. trump is honored by her role as the first lady of
the united states. she plans to use her title and role to help children, not sell books. there is clearly no substance to this statement from an ex. unfortunately, only attention seeking and self-serving noise. what's your relationship like with melania? >> melania, it's perfectly fine. melania is melania. she's quiet, she lives her life. for her to be in washington is terrible. better her than me. i would hate washington. would i straighten up the white house in 14 days? absolutely. can i give a speech for 45 minutes without teleprompter? absolutely. can i read a contract? can i negotiate? can i entertain? absolutely. but i would not really like to be there. >> reporter: she values her treem so much she turned down an offer to be ambassador to the czech republic. >> if you want to take the position, i'll give it to you. i said i would not have the freedom. bye-bye to miami in the winter,
bye-bye to spring and fall. bye-bye to saint-tropez. >> reporter: she goes back to the early days of her marriage when her children were young. when don jr. was born you decided to name him donald jr. what did your donald say at that point? >> no, no, no, no, you cannot name oim donald trump jr. i said why not? he said, what if he's a loser. >> reporter: he's talking about his newborn son. >> i carry my kid for nine months and this is what's going to be. and the same with ivanka. he wanted to call ivanka tiffany. because we got trump tower from tiffany. i said over my bed body will she be called tiffany. she'll be named ivanka trump. >> reporter: what kind of mother were you? >> i was strict but very loving.
>> reporter: you write full credit for raising the kids goes to me. full credit? >> donald was on the telephone making deals. he was a good provider, but he was not the father who would take a stroller and go to central park. it was only until they were about 18 years old. he could communicate with them. because he could start to talk business with them. >> reporter: the family was shattered in 1989 when trump's affair with marla maples became national news splashed across the tabloids. marla maples? >> i don't want to talk about her. >> reporter: you don't even refer to her by name in your book. you just call her -- >> show girl. >> reporter: she found out about the affair on a family ski trip in aspen when maples came up to her and declared, i'm marla, and i love your husband. do you? there are reports that last year marla maples wanted to make amends with you. has she ever reached out to you.
>> she asked if i would accept her apology. i said apology is never accepted. she ruined my family and my marriage. she never achieved anything her entire life. i just call her the show girl. that's all. >> reporter: why accept donald's apology and not hers? >> because it was father of my three children. and he continued to be a good father. >> reporter: ivana says her relationship with her ex-husband is mended enough that she now gives him political advice. >> sometimes i tell him to just not to speak that much. and to the tweets are the tweets. i don't disagree with him. because there's so much press against him. so if you say something, his words are going to be twisted immediately. if he tweet, then he can tell it in his own words. >> reporter: she's also given support through controversies like that leaked "access hollywood" tape. >> not really. he was not really disrespectful.
he just jokes. sometimes he says things which are serious -- >> reporter: joking about grabbing women. i don't know. that doesn't sound like anything to joke about. >> okay, well, that was one instance. i don't want to go into it. >> reporter: did you ever talk to him about it? >> not really, no. >> reporter: one issue she's spoken about is her son don jr.'s meeting with a russian lawyer during the campaign. has he talked to you at all about that? >> i know he was not involved in any wrongdoing. >> reporter: do you worry at all about don jr. and this mueller investigation? any concerns? >> i have zero concerns because i know he didn't do anything at all. >> reporter: as ivana seeing it having a trump in the white house could go beyond the current office. you don't want to be first wife, but how about first mother? >> i'm always going to be first mother. >> reporter: and first trump
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