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Weinstein (full documentary) | FRONTLINE

Mar 18, 2024
sexual assault allegations this morning. It's on the cover of "The Daily News." It's on the cover of "The New York Post." This is already a great story. The spectacular Italian model who accuses Harvey Weinstein of sexual abuse. The woman alleges that Weinstein grabbed her thigh and chest. And so, within 36 hours of the news breaking, this was the big story in New York City. When Ambra Gutiérrez came forward with her accusation, a machinery was mobilized to dismiss these charges, and that included Harvey Weinstein hiring powerful lawyers. He had one of the most powerful public relations teams in the country. ♪ ♪ NARRATOR: Weinstein also employed the services of K2, a private intelligence firm that generally specializes in corporate investigations and security.
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No one from K2 agreed to an interview, but a former employee who was there at the time says Weinstein's request was unusual. We agreed to hide his identity since he still works in the industry. Harvey Weinstein initially came to K2 with an issue they probably wouldn't address if it were anyone else. No one likes to reveal information about someone who accuses a client of sexual misconduct. But Harvey Weinstein being Harvey Weinstein, exceptions were made. NARRATOR: It says K2 was tasked with investigating Gutiérrez's past in Italy and providing the information to Weinstein. Things began to leak from Weinstein's camp about his past. him He once filed a sexual assault lawsuit against a 70-year-old sugar daddy.
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There was a report that she had been sleeping with a 70-year-old man in exchange for such gifts. It lasted about a week, every day something different came out. It was all about me being a blackmailer, a prostitute. NARRATOR: Prosecutors asked to meet with Gutiérrez. She had given contradictory versions of what happened in Italy. They asked me questions like: "Is this news real?" Like, "Are you a prostitute?" She would ask them: "Did you listen to the recording?" They said, "Oh yeah, I've heard about that, but you have to explain that this situation in Italy is very confusing." I was like, "Guys, I mean, I'm the victim." NARRATOR: Concerned about how his story would be interpreted by a jury, the district attorney's office announced that Weinstein would not be prosecuted.
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Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr. declined to be interviewed. His office told "Frontline" that they acted professionally and that what emerged from the audio and subsequent investigation was insufficient to prove a crime under New York law. The case waxed and waned entirely based on a study of the accuser's reputation. Everyone focused on Ambra and no one focused on the guy she accused. NARRATOR: Like other women before her, Gutiérrez signed a confidentiality agreement. She received $1 million – Weinstein's largest known settlement. She says the agreement does not prevent her from giving an interview, but she cannot reveal the details of the alleged assault.
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There are 18 pages, which I really like, written in very small letters and there is a list of different things that I cannot do and, yes, the first of all is silence. ♪ ♪ NARRATOR: Although Weinstein had not been charged, an allegation of sexual assault was now in the public domain. Inside The Weinstein Company, executives absorbed the news. It was on the cover of the New York Post, and those of us who heard about it and read it looked at each other. I don't think anyone was too surprised. Tom Prince, an executive who left the company last year, speaks for the first time.
No current executive would accept an interview. Prince says he was concerned about Weinstein's use of company funds to transport women around the world. In practically every production he would receive a phone call or an email saying that we had to bring an actress to the set of the movie. And I would always come back and explain to them that this is a one or two day role, and you know, we're spending an enormous amount of money flying someone from Paris to Philadelphia or from New York to New Zealand to fill a role that could be filled. by a local resident there.
But this was a mandate from Harvey. It was the company that was completely and absolutely governed by Harvey. And Harvey was a dictator. I clearly thought there was more than just the acting skills of the actresses involved in us taking someone and spending $20,000 on a role that would have cost $2,000. NARRATOR: In his response to “Frontline,” Weinstein denied it and said he and Prince repeatedly clashed over budgets and other production issues. And despite Prince's suspicions, he insists that he only heard vague rumors about Weinstein's behavior. he didn't know anything. He heard things, but they were innuendos and they were second and third hand.
I didn't know that and to be completely honest I didn't think much of it because you're too buried in doing what you're trying to do, just trying to survive every day. NARRATOR: Bob Weinstein, who heads the Weinstein Company, has also said that he and the board of directors were unaware of his brother's alleged misconduct, even though rumors had been circulating within the company. Over the years, there were certain people and it was not just the attendees, but also the company executives who glimpsed predatory behavior. There were human resources officials who were told about his behavior within his own company, there were lawyers who were hired to reach settlements, but it's not 100% clear exactly what happened behind the scenes of the Weinstein company's board of directors in 2015, but what is clear is that the board was aware of the accusation of the Italian models.
NARRATOR: In fact, shortly after Ambra Gutiérrez's settlement with Weinstein in 2015, his contract was up for renewal and the board made some changes aimed at his behavior. There was a new code of conduct that was implemented that year and approved by the board in which they added more explicit language about sexual harassment, they also put some terms in the contract, Harvey's contract and the contract of other executives . in which there would be financial sanctions if they violated that code of conduct and the company was required to pay, make payments or settlements to the victims of that misconduct.
So there were some measures to try to address what they thought might be his misconduct at the time. ♪ ♪ NARRATOR: With his new contract, Weinstein's position in the company was assured. But he was about to suffer more pressure from an unexpected side. (journalists shouting indistinctly) Over the years, Weinstein had helped raise millions for amFAR, the Foundation for AIDS Research. But amFAR's board of directors was concerned. The problem was not sexual misconduct, but a dispute over the proceeds of a charity auction. There it is, this is fun. NARRATOR: The charity hired attorney Tom Ajamie to investigate exactly what happened to the money.
During the course of our research we had to interview people. We told them: "Why did you go here, why did you go there?" The response we would get would be, "Well, before we get into that, do you know that Harvey Weinstein rapes women? Do you know that Harvey Weinstein is a sexual predator?" Now we had no evidence of that, but this is what we were hearing and it was very disturbing. NARRATOR: Weinstein found out about this and asked Ajamie to meet with him. He told me: "Tom, you are spreading rumors about my rape of women." And my response was, "Harvey, I'm not saying that, the community says that about you." And at some point he got really angry and said, "You better be careful, Tom, because I've looked into you and you're not that clean, so be careful." ♪ ♪ NARRATOR: Weinstein has repeatedly denied rape allegations.
When the meeting ended, he ran up to me, got very close to my face and said, "Please sign a confidentiality agreement. Please don't tell anyone. Man to man, don't tell "Nobody what you've learned about me." And I said, "Harvey, I can't do that." He came out, got into the elevator, and while the elevator doors were closing, I looked at his face and he looked at my face, and I saw a very sad and desperate man who was now putting his fingers in various places. of the dam and trying to prevent the water from escaping and the entire dam from falling and crushing him.
NARRATOR: Weinstein had been trying to silence his accusers for decades. But now he was under increasing scrutiny from multiple news organizations. There have been rumors about Harvey Weinstein for a long time. And this was the moment when the "New York Times" said, "Let's put some investigative muscle into this." And so we spent many, many weeks and many months trying to get women who had had encounters with Weinstein to tell us their stories. ♪ ♪ NARRATOR: In October 2017, Harvey Weinstein finally lost control of the story. Now for the latest on Harvey Weinstein. "The New York Times" reports on accusations from numerous women who say the Hollywood mogul sexually harassed them.
NARRATOR: It was no longer an open secret in Hollywood. It made headlines all over the world. Weinstein is accused of sexually harassing female employees and actresses... (reporter speaking Chinese) (reporter speaking Spanish) (reporter speaking French) NARRATOR: "The New York Times" published multiple accusations of sexual harassment that goes back decades. Harvey Weinstein seemed to behave as if he were invincible. So we really held our breath after the story broke, wondering if it would have any impact. NARRATOR: More accusations, some of assault and rape, would appear in the "New Yorker." In the weeks that followed, dozens more women (some famous, some not) would come forward. ♪ ♪ I had no idea of ​​the breadth and enormity of the story, I thought he just took advantage of us.
That was the most shocking thing, realizing that he was a serious predator and that he had been seriously abusing people with complete impunity all this time. (camera shutters click) NARRATOR: Shortly after the news broke, Weinstein was fired from his company and entered therapy. I talked to Harvey, he doesn't sound sad and dejected, he sounds a little━ a little humiliated, but I think he's getting ready for the fight. NARRATOR: In a statement to Frontline, Weinstein's spokesperson said that while he denies any non-consensual sexual conduct, he deeply apologizes to those offended by his behavior. The spokeswoman said: "It is incorrect and irresponsible to conflate allegations of unpolitical behavior or consensual sexual contact that was later regretted with a false allegation of criminal conduct, and his lawyers will respond in the appropriate legal forum with evidence refuting the allegations against him." I think Harvey's career is over.
But you know, who knows? Anything can happen. NARRATOR: As of now, police in Los Angeles, New York and London are investigating allegations of rape and sexual assault dating back to the 1980s. The New York attorney general's office has filed a rights case civil lawsuits against Weinstein and the Weinstein Company, which filed for bankruptcy and is now in the process of being sold. And a group of models and actresses are filing a class-action lawsuit against him. I don't want to go down in history as Harvey Weinstein's assault victim, but I will if it will help put him in prison and change the system.
I will do that. Harvey, are you okay? Yeah, I'm not doing it right. I'm trying. I need help, guys. Did you know? We all make mistakes. Second chance, I hope, okay? I'm sad that everyone woke up because of Harvey Weinstein. On the other hand, thank God we have woken up. Frontline is made possible by contributions to your PBS station from viewers like you. Thank you. And by the Public Broadcasting Corporation. The main support is provided by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, committed to building a more just, green and peaceful world. More information is available at
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