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Harvey Weinstein: Ex-assistant criticises gagging orders

A former assistant to Harvey Weinstein, who accused him of attempting to rape a colleague 19 years ago, has called for a change to UK law on gagging orders. Zelda Perkins worked for Weinstein’s Miramax Films in the UK in the 1990s. She left after a co-worker said he’d tried to rape her, which he denied. Ms Perkins told BBC Newsnight she tried to expose his behaviour, but was told by lawyers she “didn’t have a chance”. She signed a non-disclosure agreement but said the process was “immoral”. Ms Perkins…

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Harvey Weinstein: Salma Hayek alleges he threatened to kill her

Actress Salma Hayek has described Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein as a rage-fuelled “monster”, alleging he sexually harassed and threatened her. Writing in the New York Times, Hayek said Weinstein once told her: “I will kill you, don’t think I can’t.” Dozens of actresses, including Rose McGowan, Angelina Jolie and Gwyneth Paltrow, have accused Mr Weinstein of harassment or assault. He denies all allegations of non-consensual sex. The BBC has approached representatives of Mr Weinstein for a response to Salma Hayek’s article. How Weinstein scandal unfolded In the NYT, Hayek, 51,…

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The Harvey Weinsteins of Australian politics

One year before the Weinstein allegations and the #MeToo phenomenon, political journalist Karen Middleton wrote an article about sexual harassment in Australian politics. It was not so much a personal account of her own experiences as a description of an entrenched culture in Canberra’s hothouse of politicians and journalists.  If her description of this culture is still accurate, politicians, and the profession supposed to hold them to account, are living in a culture that normalises criminal behaviour. Institutionalised sexism goes some way to explaining the measurably low priority given by…

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First UK civil claim against Harvey Weinstein

The first UK civil claim against Harvey Weinstein has been issued in the High Court. A woman, who worked in the film industry and wishes to remain anonymous, is alleging a series of sexual assaults by the film producer. The claim, which was lodged by personal injury lawyer Jill Greenfield on the woman’s behalf, is expected to exceed £300,000. Harvey Weinstein denies any allegations of non-consensual sex. The claim form, which has been seen by the BBC, states the woman is seeking damages for personal injury, expenses, and consequential loss….

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East 17's Brian Harvey arrested over 'malicious tweets'

Former East 17 member Brian Harvey has been arrested on suspicion of sending malicious tweets. The 43-year-old was taken to a north London police station on Wednesday. In a statement, the Metropolitan Police said it had received “an allegation of malicious communications relating to a Twitter account”. Harvey enjoyed chart success with East 17 in the 1990s, with hits like Stay Another Day, House of Love and It’s Alright. He went on to appear in I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here! in 2004. He was left with severe…

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