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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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Hillary Clinton and Lena Dunham, Her Main Millennial, Hit the Weinstein Wall

From the start, Lena Dunham and Hillary Clinton were something of an odd match. The millennial daughter of New York privilege known for her audacious public presence and frequent nudity on her HBO show, “Girls.” And the baby boomer raised with a steely Midwestern reserve, a devotion to her Methodist faith and a fierce affinity for a “zone of privacy.” But early on in a presidential election unlike any other, Ms. Dunham and Mrs. Clinton became a kind of package deal, with the campaign scrambling to reach young women and…

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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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Uma Thurman vents anger at Weinstein

US actress Uma Thurman has sent out a Thanksgiving message venting anger at movie mogul Harvey Weinstein, who has been accused of sexual harassment and assault by dozens of women. She did not detail any personal issues but added: “When I’m ready, I’ll say what I have to say… stay tuned.” Her message wished a happy Thanksgiving to everyone “except you Harvey and all your wicked conspirators”. “I’m glad it’s going slowly – you don’t deserve a bullet,” she added. Weinstein denies all allegations of non-consensual sex. Writing on Instagram,…

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