LOS ANGELES – Allegations of sexual misconduct against powerful film producer Harvey Weinstein continued to grow as more women come forward, while the temporary suspension of the Twitter account of one accuser who has attacked those she claims were complicit in the Hollywood mogul’s behavior sparked a female boycott of the social networking service on Friday.
Numerous women said they would boycott Twitter in solidarity with actress Rose McGowan, who reached a $100,000 settlement with Weinstein, co-founder of Miramax Films and The Weinstein Company, in 1997 after an incident at a hotel room during the Sundance Film Festival.
McGowan says her Twitter account was briefly suspended this week over her tweets attacking A-list actor Ben Affleck, who she says is lying about what he knew about Weinstein’s conduct.
“Ben Affleck f – – – off,” McGowan tweeted on Tuesday after the actor had said he was sad and angry that a producer he had worked with on numerous occasions had used his power to intimidate and sexually harass women for decades.
“‘GODDAMNIT! I TOLD HIM TO STOP DOING THAT’ you said that to my face. The press conf I was made to go to after assault. You lie,” she said in a follow-up tweet.
Twitter says it suspended McGowan’s account because one of her tweets contained a private phone number and therefore violated the service’s policy.
McGowan is one of several women who say they were raped or sexually assaulted by Weinstein.
The producer, for his part, has admitted to inappropriate conduct toward women and is reportedly seeking treatment for sex addition; but his representative, Sallie Hofmeister, said in a statement on Thursday that “any allegations of non-consensual sex are unequivocally denied by Mr. Weinstein.”
The Weinstein Company’s board of directors decided to remove the producer from his position over the sexual misconduct allegations, handing over control of the film studio to his brother, Bob Weinstein, and chief operating officer David Glasser, according to a statement released on Sunday.
English actress Kate Beckinsale, now 44, said on Thursday on Instagram that Weinstein had come on to her at a hotel room in London when she was only 17 years old and that her refusals of his sexual advances had led to verbal abuse and had “undoubtedly harmed my career.”
She also said Weinstein had retaliated against a male actor friend of hers who, based on her experience, had warned another actress about Weinstein.
She said that after that woman – who Beckinsale said was already sleeping with Weinstein – told the producer about the warning the actor was told he would never work in another Miramax film.
The allegations against Weinstein first surfaced in a New York Times report last week, in which actress Ashley Judd, who told the paper about an incident in the late 1990s, and others said the producer had invited them to his hotel room and tried to manipulate them into having sex with him.
Even more serious allegations were contained in a New Yorker report, in which Italian actress and producer Asia Argento and others accused Weinstein of “forcibly performing or receiving oral sex and forcing vaginal sex.”
British actress Emma Thompson, meanwhile, told BBC Newsnight on Thursday that sexual harassment was “endemic” in the film industry and that Weinstein’s misconduct was not an isolated case.
Her remarks coincided with accusations being leveled this week by a female producer, Isa Hackett, against Roy Price, a senior Amazon Studios executive.
Price has been suspended after allegedly crudely propositioning Hackett before and during an Amazon party in 2015, purportedly telling her “you will love my d – – k” and shouting “anal sex!” into her ear.