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Mira Sorvino says Quentin Tarantino knew about her Weinstein encounter
In a guest column for The Hollywood Reporter Friday, actress Mira Sorvino says her then-boyfriend, director Quentin Tarantino, knew about her alleged harassment by Weinstein and didn’t tell her to go to authorities.
"Quentin Tarantino was my boyfriend right after these things happened, and he remembers me telling him. No one ever said: ‘You should go up against Harvey, you should report him to the authorities. You have a case here,’” she wrote.
She added that Tarantino thought Weinstein was “just really crushing hard” on her.
“That was his interpretation,” she wrote. “I was just happy that Quentin was my protector. I think that's why Harvey stopped trying with me because he would never mess with the girlfriend of his star director.”
She also said that the issue of sexual harassment is more widespread than people realize.
“I don't know a woman who hasn't had something happen to her,” she wrote. “Some of the incidents may have been slight, but most women I know have endured something that isn't very slight.”
She added that the week Ronan Farrow’s explosive New Yorker piece came out in late October, five people reached out to her, three of which had stories about Weinstein and have not yet come forward.
USA TODAY has reached out to Tarantino's rep for comment.
Renée Zellweger denies giving Weinstein 'sexual favors'
Actress Renée Zellweger says she never gave Weinstein "sexual favors," as described in a lawsuit that alleges Weinstein told actress Melissa Sagemiller about sexual exploits with famous women in an effort to coerce her, according to reports from People and Fox News.
"If Harvey said that, he’s full of (expletive)," her rep told the news outlets.
The class-action lawsuit, which was filed in New York federal court Wednesday by six named women plaintiffs, alleges that Weinstein told Sagemiller that he received "sexual favors" from Zellweger, Charlize Theron and other actresses in order to show how a relationship with him could lead to success in the industry.
Zellweger starred in several Weinstein productions including Cold Mountain, for which she won an Oscar in 2004.
Gwyneth Paltrow told The New York Times Wednesday that she has also heard accounts of Weinstein allegedly telling women she had slept with him in order to coerce others to do the same — but Paltrow says she rejected the advances Weinstein made on her when she was 22.
“He’s not the first person to lie about sleeping with someone,” she said, “but he used the lie as an assault weapon.”
Weinstein's representative, Holly Baird, told USA TODAY in a statement: “Mr. Weinstein vehemently denies these accusations and has never stated he slept with any of them. It’s ridiculous that anyone would believe these talented women, academy award winners, provided sexual favors in exchange for roles they earned based on their talent and brilliant work. It’s simply not true.”
USA TODAY has reached out to Zellweger's rep for additional comments.
Meryl Streep says Weinstein allegations are 'the most gargantuan example of disrespect'
Meryl Streep shared her thoughts on the Weinstein scandal at The Massachusetts Conference for Women in Boston Thursday.
Sharing the stage with Gloria Steinem, the Academy Award-winning actress said the accusations Weinstein faces are "the most gargantuan example of disrespect" pervading all industries.
Streep also said that, with her fellow actresses, they plan to author a set of "non-negotiable" demands following the mounting counts of sexual misconduct that have sent shock waves through the media, Tinseltown and the political realm.
Streep said the lack of women in positions of power affects how decisions are made. She said her female colleagues in entertainment are ready to insist on positive changes in the workplace and equivalent representation in meeting rooms.
"We are after 50/50 by 2020," she said told conference attendees. "Equal means equal. And if it starts at the top, none of these shenanigans would have filtered down and it wouldn't have been tolerated."
Streep appeared to be optimistic that things are changing.
"It's such an interesting moment, because this conversation about why this is so widespread, this is really worth having and it's fantastic," she said. "I can't help thinking it's just a door that's opening to a better world."
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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