(He claims he had 24 hours.) And he told the New York Post that while he will take responsibility for having “the worst temper” and being generally difficult, he believes the Times’s report is the result of “reckless reporting” and a “vendetta” against him.
Following the Times article, Weinstein announced an indefinite leave of absence from the Weinstein Company — with one third of the company’s board resigning over the controversy.
None of Weinstein’s public behavior necessarily crossed the line, but rumors flew about what was happening behind closed doors.
On October 10, The New Yorker published a second, even more explicit report, with several more women going on the record against Weinstein with allegations of harassment, abuse, and rape.
The story is accompanied by an audio recording of Weinstein trying to convince an actress to come to his hotel room while he showers, a day after she accused him of grabbing her breasts (a charge he does not deny on the recording).
Weinstein, who has been married for most of three decades, sometimes seemed to have different interests. In interviews, eight women described varying behavior by Mr.
Weinstein: appearing nearly or fully naked in front of them, requiring them to be present while he bathed or repeatedly asking for a massage or initiating one himself.
Hollywood has long excused powerful men for mistreating women by the sole virtue of their power.