Weinstein stands out, according to the actresses and current and former employees of the film companies he ran, Miramax and the Weinstein Company.He had an elaborate system reliant on the cooperation of others: Assistants often booked the meetings, arranged the hotel rooms and sometimes even delivered the talent, then disappeared, the actresses and employees recounted. Weinstein’s executives and assistants then found them agents and jobs or hushed actresses who were upset.If she could not bare her breasts in private, she would not be able to do it on film, Ms. Roberts told her the story shortly after the episode.)Ms. She said that over the years she had had trouble watching Mr. With a new release, “I would always ask, is it a Miramax movie? Weinstein asked Rosanna Arquette to stop by the Beverly Hills Hotel to pick up a script for a role. Arquette had already starred in a hit film, “Desperately Seeking Susan,” and “New York Stories,” and would go on to perform in films including “Crash” and television shows ranging from “Ray Donovan” to “Girls.” (Her account also appeared in The New Yorker.)At the reception desk, she was told to head upstairs, which she found odd. Weinstein was in a white bathrobe, complaining of neck pain and asking for a massage, according to Ms.Roberts remembers apologizing on the way out, telling Mr. Later, she felt that he had manipulated her by feigning professional interest in her, and she doubted that she had ever been under serious consideration. Arquette and Maria Smith, a friend she told soon afterward. Arquette said she tried to recommend a professional masseuse, but Mr.In 1984, when Tomi-Ann Roberts was a 20-year-old college junior, she waited tables in New York one summer and hoped to start an acting career. Weinstein, one of her customers, urged her to audition for a movie that he and his brother were planning to direct.
“He’s keeping it professional, he makes me a drink, we talk about movies and art and books for about an hour,” she recalled. She refused; he left the room, and returned nude, she said.“He literally chased me,” she said.More established actresses were fearful of speaking out because they had work; less established ones were scared because they did not.“This is Harvey Weinstein,” Katherine Kendall, who appeared in the film “Swingers” and television roles, remembers telling herself after an encounter in which she said Mr.Weinstein’s representative pointed out that he did not produce the movie. Arquette was in the Miramax film “Pulp Fiction” but said she avoided Mr. Weinstein told Katherine Kendall in 1993, she said.She was 23, and about that time he was selling his small movie company to Disney, which supplied the cash that would turn it into a cultural force.