>> harvey! (cameras clicking) ...harvey! >> narrator: thiyear at the academy awards, one powerful figure will be missing.or >>than 60 women have come forward to accuse weinstein of sexual harassment, assault and rape. >> by the mid-nineties, we werew aware t the was alleged to be doing. >> weinstein has repeatedly denied allegations of non-consensual sex. >> he believed he was goinge. to be untoucha >> nrator: tonight, the story of how harvey weinstein silenced his accusers. >> harvey weinstein had an incredibly complex machine designed to maintain silence around this.me >> i just reer feeling so powerless and furious...
losurege pay-outs, nondi agreements... >> absoluty in fear of death, i wanot allowed to talk to a journalist. >> an array of private investigation firms. >> they completely destroyed me and my image. >> he had one of the most powerful legal teams in the country. >> he got very angry and said "i've investigated you and you're not so clean so bel. care >> narrator: the insiders speaking out for the first time. >> it was the company that was completely and utterly ruled by harvey. and harv was a dictator. >> narrator: about what hollywood knew >> i think looking back that i did know and i chose to suppress it. i chose to hide from that fact. >> narrator: tonight, a frontline special, "weinstein". >> frontline is made possible by contributions to your pbs station from viewers like you. thank you.
and by the cporation for public broadcasting. major support is provided by the hn d. and catherine t. macarthur foundation, committed to building a more just, verdant and peaceful world. more information is available at macfound.org. additional support is provided by the abrams foundation: committed to excellence in journalism. the park foundation, dedicated to heightening public awareness of critical issues. the john and helen glessner family trust. supporting trustworthy journalism that informs and inspires. and by the frontline journism fund, with major support from jon and jo ann hagler. ♪ >> i was just starting my career, it was the early '90s. i was just out of acchool, going on auditions and pounding e pavement.
♪ the first time i met him was in ime miramax office, and it was a, you know, a lege meeting set up by my agents. the first moments of that meeting were very easy, breezy, casual. you know, "welcome to thera x family." and i felt very much like he was going to take care of me. and then he said, "there's a screening this afternoon of one of our movies, you know, you should come. i'll have my car come pick you up." ♪ once i got the i realized it wasn't a special screening with cast and crew, it was just a movie. ♪ i wanted to leave, he sort ofll said, "oh i' take you home." we ended up stopping at his house. and then i-i ended up going up
probably against my better judgment.ce was in there we had another hour-long conversation about movies and film. and he went into the other room and came back with.... with jurobe on, and the robe wa like an open robe. i didn't even look to see, you know. i was just so stunned. there was no suave moves or anything, like there was just a really weird, awkward, "will you give me a massage?" i had to say just "no, and i-- i'm not comfortable." he left the room and he came back and he was just fully naked. tei thought, "he's coming me." (sig) um... rti just remember sort of g back and forth trying to get past him. you know in that moment that
you may not make it.ha i told him ti was furious, i said, you know, i said, "i can't believe you're doing this to me. i don't know if he heard me, but he may have, he might have heard me, i don't know. (sniffles) i mean, i do... i was able tona y get a... a way out. i knew that if i went up against harvey weinstein, i mean, just instinctually, i'd be squashed. so i was scared. and so i didn't say anything to the people that might have been able to help me. >> narrator: katherineendall is one of over a hundred women who have come forward with
allegations against harvey weinstein sie october 2017. many of these women w suing him. weinstein declined to be interviewed. but through his spokeswoman, he provided "frontline" with written responses to the allegations in this film. he denies any criminal conduct. >> hary weinstein was one of the most powerful people in hollywood for decades, and he was a darling of the american political world. any time you have a story like this whereeople are getting hurt over decades and decades, there are people around who knew enough and could have done more to stop it. >> i think this is a momentous reckoning. but, frankly, i think there's so much more discover. who knew about this? how much of a cover up was this?
♪ >> it began in buffalo, it all began in buffalo. it was a brash, young fellow from flushing, queens, who arrived here as an 18-year-old freshman at the university of buffalo. i believe only put in a year before he was just kind of mesmized by all of the opportunities that awaited him here. ♪ >> narrator: weinstein built up a sucssful concert promotion business. then, 1980, he made his first film. ♪ >> it was a gory film about a guy that comes back fonge and murders the people at the
camp. (screang) >> narrator: 24-year-old paula wachowiak worked on the film as an intern. one day, she says, she was asked to take some checks to a hotelin room for weinso sign. >> he was standing there and hea a hand towel around his waist. i handed him the folder and he dropped the hand towel, and all the while he's asking questions about checks. and he, at some point, sat downn he bed, and he plopped the folder on his lap, and then he started saying, "what about this one," and he's pointing. had i'm not gonna look down so i say, "which one is harvey?" then he said, "i have a-a crick in my oulder," he said, "could you give me a massage, could you rub it out for me?"
and at that point i looked at him and i said, "harvey, i don't think that's in my job description." >> narrator: another young woman rking on the film, suza maher-wilson, says weinstein approached her at a party after filming had finished. this is the first time she's spoken publiy about it. >> there was a hotel room right f the lobby. and that's when he like lured me in thereo give him a massage. and i agreed, being a 23-year-old naïve, trusting young woman. he, said, "i'm going to thery lava and i said, "okay." and then i... he came out and he was naked with a towel and it was a little shocking. and i just said, "i'm sorry, this isn't... this isn't what i signed on for."
and, i-i left the roomim diately. >> narrator: weinstein has since said in a statement, "i came oft age '60s and '70s. that was the culture then." in his responses to "frontline," he denies paula wachowiak's account, and disagrees on thede ils of suza maher-wilson's account.ob >> i told prly a handful of people, but no one seemed shocked 'cause he was the producer. we all felt it was typical of a someone osition of power to wield that over younger, younger girls. >> i don't think anyone would have listened to me. i don't think it would have mattered. i'm not famous. i didn't think that my story meant anything to anybody.
>> nrator: weinstein soon le buffalo for new york city. miramax-- the film company he founded along with his brother bob-- was expanding. they saw themselves as artists, outsiders to the hollywood system. >> at miramax we're not under that corporate pressure to say, "jesus, 've got to go up each thar." we can do what we k is good and if our profits are lower next year than they were the year before, so what? so what, as long as we did good work. ♪ >> narrator: the company madena it with movies that mainstream studios ignored. nginstein's power was growing, and he was worki with top hollywood actresses. (radio chatter) >> come , we got him. >> narrator: in 1992, sean young, who was already known for movies like "blade runner,"in starreis latest film "love crimes." >> who the (bleep) are you? >> district attorney,
ass(bleep). i play a character who discoverh sexual predator, and then tracks them down, and then the tables are turned and is entrapped by him. the wire went out. i wanted to gehim under felony and i needed it on tape.tt i was sig in harvey's office after the picture.e and this is ly time this g s ever happened to me, he pulled his... tht and my response was, "you know, harvey, i really wouldn't be pulling that thing out because it's really not prey." and i got up and i left. >> narrator: in his responses, weinstein told "frontline" sean youncount is untrue, he never met her in his office or anywhere else, and had nothingto o with h career. it was the last time she would work on a miramax film.
>> the reason i didn't get another movie with harvey weinstein s that i made him feel foolish. ♪ i was set to have a very bigt career, upset a few important men, and the trajectory of my career went... whooo... (imitates crash) ♪ >> narrator: in 1993, miramax was bought by disney, g weinstein become one of the most powerful producers in hoywood. disney says it was unaware ofan sexual misconduct complaints against him. but his colleagues say he was notoriously difficult to work for. >> working at miramax was like being in a cult. the cult of harvey.
it was common knowledge, everybody knew what a brutal regime it was.yo he worked the limits of normal human beings. >> narrator: paul bster joined miramax in 1995. this is his first television interview about weinstein. ea>> i knew i was making a with the devil. i knew he was a bully, i knew he would stop at nothing to getnt what he waed. i knew he had a voanic temper. i ew he was a dangerous character. but i knew also that he was at the epicenter of where i wanted to be. >> narrator: despite his reputation as a bully, hollywood stars continued to line up to workith him. a part in one of his films could mean artistic credility, fame, and awards. >> oh, my love! i thought you were dea
>> narrator: in 1998, 26-year-old gwyneth paltrowar appe in "shakespeare in love." (cheers and applause) ♪ on it both her and weinstein oscars. >> this is a movie about lifert and art, andnd life combining is called magic.>> arrator: weinstein was at the top of the hollywood establishment. bua reporter with sources the movie industry was investigating a disturbing rumor about him. >> we had heard that gwyneth paltrow had been assaulted. d we heard it fromector who was very upset about it, and wanted it to be out there. and we thought well, "yeahyou know, we gotta try and do this." but there was no path forward at oint at all. if you call their publicist andt say, "i to talk to gwyneth paltrow because i heard
she was attacked by harvey weinstein," you can imagine how that phone call would go. it would be short. (laughs) >> narrator: paltrow didn't address the rumors at the time, and never accused him of assault. but she's since said that weinstein harassed her, and that she told her agent, and her then-boyfriend brad pitt, who confronted weinstein. >> it's a hard choice to make. she could take him on e her career, and i'm not blaming her for not wanting to take him on. we've seen in the aftermath, the lengths to which he would go to destroy people who tried to take him on. (indistinct chatter) >> narrator: whatever rumors had been circulating about harvey weinstein, his power only gr. some of the up-and-comers who met him say they were unaware of his reputation.
>> in 1998 i was 24. modeling around the world, i thought i was tough. >> narrar: zoe brock met weinstein at the cannes film festival. >> we were taken into majestic hotel to have dinner,he and that was i was sat next to harvey. ♪ >> narrar: as the evening was drawing to a close, she saysei weinstn offered her a ride. >> then harvey told us that he'd spoken to everybody and they were going to join uat the du cap, where he was staying, which is 30 minutes out of cannes and quite remote. >> narrator:hen they arrived at his hotel, she says weinstein's entourage direppeared and her friends nowhere to be seen.y >>iends were never coming, that was a blatant lie. so we get to the hotel room.
and i remember sobering up fast. and then harvewalked back in and he was naked. so he's negotiating, he'sgo ating a massage. "i want a massage. come on, give me a massage, give me a massage. just, you know, let me give you a massage. blah blah blah blah blah." d he's rapid fire, and he takes control of the situation. i very unwillingly let him maneuver me into his bedroom, and sat... sat on the bed. i may have even been stupiddo enough to li and he started to massage my shoulders. and within seconds i knew that, that was just not ing to fly, there was no way this was happening. and i got up and i bolted intoth bathroom and he chased me.
but i rember locking the door and him being on the other side of it and banging. i screamed at him, "put your (bleep) clothes on you naughty (bleep) boy." and i meant it. and it worked. i cameut of the bathroom and he was apologizing, and he... started to cry. and he said something th i have never forgotten and i never will for the rest of my days, in between his tears, "n't like me because i'm fat." i really felt sorry for him in that moment. t t point i had no idea obviously how dangerous he really was. >> narrator: weinstein's responses to "frontline" do not directly dispute zoe brock's allegations, but say s is "publicizing her lawsuit seeking damages from mr. weinstein,
despite the fact that she never complained to anyone at the time." but zoe brock says she told many people. >> i told my agent. i told so many people in hollywood-- producers, castingag ts-- everyone's reaction across the board was always, "oh... yeah, harvey." >> narrator: zoe brock's agent denies that she told him. ♪ but, across hollywood, many models and actresses now s they told their agents about weinstein's behavior. >> the agents had to know. the top agents had to know. and, frankly, any agent who knew what was happening with harvey weinstn should be coming forward now explaining what happened. ♪
>> narrator: one of the most influential talent firms in hollywood, creative artistscy aghas since said in a statement, "we apologize to anye person they let down." by now, some inside miramax had started to connect the dots about weinstein's behavior. >> my memorys that i was fully aware that harvey was a serial womanizer. there would be times when you'd kicked out of the suite in the savoy or the peninsula hotel in l.a., and he woulentertain. but it didn't take too much brainpower to put it together that a man who was so abusive and bullying in every aspect of his life would bring that abuse into the sexual arena. i think looking back that i did know and i chose to suppress it.
i chose to hide from that fact. ink we were all enablers. i think we were, we were all complicit.ul coi have done anything at the time? well, for on i never thought about doing anything about it. i know that i prevented my assistant being called to thet savoy hotel lanight. i said, "no, you can't go." so, obviously i was aware of that. i didn't have the guts to do a anythiut it. i think the deal i'd made withth devil was to my advantage. ♪ ♪ >> narrator: with no one inin hollywood cahim out, weinstein's alleged behavior continued.ze a perkins was one of his assistants. >> the first time that i traveled alone abroad with him, he insisted that i went into the bathroom while he had a una because he needed to do work,an i refused to go in the sauna. and he said, "well i... this
isn't working, i'm going to have a bath instead." so i tried to leave the bathroom, he said, "you can't leave, i need to... d to get this business done." he was reeling off nf all the actresses that he had had s some sort ual relations with or who had given him massages or whatever. and i rember looking round at him and saying, "how do you look at yourself in the mirro how do you-- how do you do that?" and i can remember him lookingut back at merly nonplussed and saying, "i have no problem at all." ♪ ar >>tor: in 1998, perkins accompanied weinstein to the veniceilm festival, along with a new colleague. she came to me in a very distressed state and told me that he had assaulted her, that he'd attempted to rape her. i was completely seswiped by
this. i went straight to harvey and confronted him about what had happened, and he swore on-on tee life of his wife and children that abso nothing had happened. >> narrator: but perkins didn't lieve him. she and her colleague quit miramax and went to lawyers in london for advice. >> there didn't seem to be any recourse in terms of bringin harvey to justice. we hado physical proof, we hadn't gone to the police in... on the lido in venice. really the only opon that we were given was to request damages. ♪ >> narrator: in negotiation with weinstein's lawyers, they asked for around $200,000 each, and also insisted on measures that would protect miramax employees from harassment: therapy sessions for weinstein, a new hr
policy, and a clause that could see him fired if he paid off any more women. weinstein accepted the terms on condition they sign a non-disclosure agreement, or n.d.a. >> we weren't allowed to talk to anybody about the alleged behavior, but also about our time at miramax. this wasn't a normal confidentiality agreement; this wasn't us saying that we weren't gonna, you know, ge away corporate secrets. this was a deeply personally binding agreement, which m certainly colleague's case, meant that she couldn't ever speak about a huge personal trauma that happened to her. ♪ >> narrator: perkins would
eventually decide to break her n.d.a. but her former colleague has maintained her silence in his statement to "frontline," weinstein denies the attemptedpe llegation, and says that, "ms. perkins asked for money instead of reporting her claims to the authorities." >> so, you take your check and you try to deal with it as best you can, you know. he got away with it for years, just on the strength of that. ♪ >>arrator: weinstein went to use n.d.a.s with multiple women who accused him of sexual sconduct. in his response to "frontline," he said, "ov a period of 30 years there were actually less than ten settlements of harassment claims." f and that "none oese settlement agreements prevented any individual from going to the police had they wished to do so." >> the use of n.d.a.s on behalf weinstein to silence women
who agedo them was an enabling factor. it allowed him to silee complaining victims and just see it as a cost of ing business. kn so h that he had nothing to fear from continuing with the behavior that led to the problem in the first place, and again, and again, and again. >> narrator: 4 years later, a journalist at the "new yorker" magazine heard that weinstein had been settling sexual harassment claims. >> i had never encountered an n.d.a., a nondisclose agreement, and you're talking about large sums of money. and each case hundred, hundreds of thousands of dollars. >> narrator: he began to investigate. then he got a me-- zelda perkins. she had moved to gua, but he tracked her down.
>> i picked up thehone and this geneman asked me directly about whether i had an agreement with harvey weinstein. >> she was really terrified-- "how you find me?" >> i think i might have even said, "yes, i ha-- yes," when he said, "do you have an agreement with harvey?" and then panicked and was like, "no, no, i haven't.. i have... no, i haven't, no, i can't talk to you." i just knew that one thing that i absolutely in fear odeath i was not allowed to talk to a. journali narrator: perkins wouldn't agree to an interview for auletta's story, but he decided to confront weinstein. >> we were sitting in a smaller coce room, across from each other and i said, "harvey, tell me about zelda perkins." he rose, and he clenched his fists, and he raised his shoulders, and he said, "this is a f..." you can imag"an outrage," and he started
screaming at me. so i thought he was going to throw a punch at me. so i stood up, and that point rvey started to cry. it was extraordinary. and what he'd said was, "k, you're going to ruin my marriage, these were consensual relationships. and if you publi this you're going to destroy my-my family." >> narrator: auletta couldn't get anyone to speak on the rerd about the n.d.a.s and allegations of sexual misconduct. h he and editors concluded they couldn't publish what he'd heard. >> i wish i could have nailed the guy in 2002. the problem i had was that i couldn't prove it. clearly, people knew or suspected that harvey was a... was a predator, sexual predator. and-and they kept their mohs shut. (reports shouting indistinctly) >> narrator: as weinstein fended off reporters from thest ream press, he was courting the tabloids.
>> harvey lid have a good relationship with the media, and i guess 'cause i'm a brooklyn guy and 's a queens guy, he took to me. and we'd spend se time on the phone, shooting the breeze about what went on last night, where were the parties, what did you do? , narrator: gossip writer aj ben, heard from a source that weinstein was having an affair.im i called h, and he said, "not true, not true, not true." and then he called back and hisaid, "okay, there's som to it, let's try to work this out." >> narrator: although weinstein denies it, benza says they cut a deal. t would be paid to supply celebrity gosst weinstein could trade with other reporter g up dirt on him. >> the gossip industry is n on the barter system. if i've got a story about you and you don't want it printed, you say, "hold it, i'll get you something better, and i'll prinh other story and save you." that's done every day, so what harvey and i were doing was something that was already-- itd was alwae. >> narrator: despite the rumors about weinstein at the time,
benza insists he never heard any sexual harassment allegations. >> i knoit sounds ridiculous, but in the 20 years i knew harvey there was never a story about him going after somebody sexually. finding out now all these women are... were in somkind of hell with him, no clue, not at all. ♪ >> narrator: but other reporters in hollywood were still trying toin down the rumors they' heard. kim masters, who'd been writing critical stories about miramax,o a meeting with weinstein. >> i met him at the peninsula hotel, for the first time face to face. heomes in very aggressive, yelling and screaming, "what have you heard about me?" and i sort of had this now or never thing, and i said, "i've heard you rape women." sh he did not seeked or outraged. you would expect a normal person
to say, "i'm sorry, what how dare you"-- and there was none of that at all. >> narrator: in his response to "frontline," weinstein said that he wasn't shocked because he'd already heard the allegation and it was false. >> i'd heard really brutal allegations. oswe couldn't write about we couldn't get it on the record. i think he kind of believed, as he did with reason for years to come, that he was going to be touchable. (reporter shouting indistinctly) >> narrator: weinstein would eventually leave miramax after a series of disputes with disney. he and his brother set up the weinstein company. >> quick picture, please! >> narrator: rumors about his conduct continued to circulate throughout hollywood, but he kept making hits, and winning awards. >> "the king's speech." iain canning, emile sherman...ha >> you, harvey weinstein. >> and, of course, harvey. >> harvey, thank y for killing whoever you had to kill to get
me up here today. (laughter) >> i think the entire industry knew that he was obsessed with young actresses, that he was a cheater on his wife, and that he "made the scene" with many women. i don't know who actually knew what was happening. >> and t golden globe goes to... meryl streep. >> it was a time a a place where to be in his circle was to be successful. >> i jt want to thank my agent, kevin huvane, and god, harvey weinstein. (laughter) >>'sarrator: some of hollywo biggest stars-- like meryl inreep-- have since said they were unaware of ein's alleged miscduct. but a ndful have admitted they knew, including director quentin tarantino. he said, "i knew enough to do more than i did." hd that, "everyone who was close to harvery hrd of at least one of those incidents."
>> i think there are still a lot of people out there who know way more about what was ppening here than what they've cared to share. they were, in many ways, the f great enablers harvey's behavior. being in his grace was allowing them to make their careers more successful, but there were sohe many timesshould've said something, stopped something, spoken up. ♪ >> narrator: in 2011, weinstein invited actress jessica barth for a business meeting at the peninsula hotel in beverly hills. >> he said that there was a role in sarah jessica parker's new film. and then it very quickly shifted to asking me to give him a naked massage on the bed. i was like, "you know, i'm married." red he said-- i said, "you too, right?" and he said, "yes, but we have... we have an arrangement."
and i was like, "you know what,u harvey, done with this conversation right now."ef so i i shut the door, andt anbuto tears. i told my familythen i told seth mcfarlane, he was a close friend of mine. (cheers and applause) >> i'm seth mcfarlane, the host of the oscars. congratulations, you five ladies no longer have to pretend to be attracted to harvey weinstein. (laughter) >> and then i was like, good, i'm glad. i'm glad he just did that. because at that point, nobody was saying anything publicly. i feel like everybody kind of knew about harvey, but nobody was saying anything publicly. honestly there wasn't any retion after that. i guess they still wanted to make movies and collect their awards and just go on their merry way. (chuckles)
>> narrator: by 2015, allegations of harvey ainstein's sexual misconduct had been whisperedng industry insiders r decades, but stilhadn't become public. that was about to change. ♪ it started when ambra battilana litierrez, a 22-year-old i model, went to the new york police. she had just had a meeting with rvey weinstein. >> the story that she told is that srtly after she came in, harvey weinstein inquired abouth her her breasts were real or not, he groped her breasts, he reached up her skirt and he tried to kiss her. it degenerates from her coming up there to discuss her career to her fighting this guy off in his office. >> narrator: the police wanted evidence. they asked her to meet weinstein again, and this time wear a
i felt completely positive about what i'd done. they were super happy and like saying, "wow, now, this person om completely finished; you saved a lot of." >> the n.y.p.d. arranges to speak with harvey weinstein, and he's denying that anything happed. but they felt that the accuser was credible and these charges were worth pursuing. and that's what they told the... the manhattan district attorney. >> narrator: with new york prosecutors now considering whether to press charges, weinstein for the first time found himself in a story he couldn't suppress. >> movie mogul harvey weinstein's facing sexual assault allegations this morning. >> it's on the front page of gehe daily news." it's on the front f "the new york post." this is already a huge story. >> the stunning italian models whcusing harvey weinstein of sexual abuse. the woman alleges that weinstein grabbed her thigh and
chest. >> and so with 36 hours of the news coming out, this was the big story in new york city. >> when bra gutierrez came forward with her allegation, a machine mobilized to shut down these charges, and that included harvey weinstein hiring power lawyers. he had one of the most powerful p.r. teams in the country. ♪ >> narrator: weinstein also employed the services k2, a private intelligence firm usually specializing in corporate investigations and security. no one from k2 would agree 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 as he still works in the industry. >> harvey weinstein came to k2 initially with a mter that they probably wouldn't take on if it was somebody else. nobody likes to develop information on somebody who'sen accusing a cliof sexual
misconduct. but harvey weinstein being harvey weinstein, exceptions were made. >> narrator:e says k2 was tasked with investigating gutierrez' past in italy and providing the infoation to weinstein. >> stuff srted leaking out of the weinstein camp about her past. >> she once filed a sexual assault suit against aol 70-yea"sugar daddy." >> there was a report that she had been sleeping with a 70-year-old man return for gifts from this guy. >> it lasted for like a week, everyday something different everything was about me being a blackmailer, a prostitute. ez narrator: prosecutors asked to meet with gutie she had givennf cting accounts of what happened in italy. >> they were asking me questions like, "are this news real?"
like, "you're a prostitute?" i was asking them like, "did you hear the recording?" they were like, "oh yes, i onard of it, but you have to explain this situan italy is very confusing." i was like, "guys, i mean, i'm cee victim." >> narrator: coned how her story would play to a jury, the district attorney's office announced weinstein would not be prosecuted. manhattan district attorney cyrus vance jr. declined to be interviewed. his office told "frontline" they acted professionally, and that what emerged from the audio and bsequent investigation w insufficient to prove a crime under new york law. >> the case rose and fell entirely on a study of the putation of the accuser. everybody just focused on ambra and nobody focused on the guy that she accused. >> narrator: like other women before her, gutierrez went on to
sign a non-disclosure agreement. she received a million dollars-- weinstein's biggest knownse lement. she says the deal doesn't prent her from giving an interview, but she can't reveal the details of the allegedt. as >> there is 18 pages, like really, really like, written in ves small letters and there a list of different things i can'do and, yeah, the first all is silence. ♪ >> narrator: although weinstein hadn't been charged, an allegation of sexual assault wat now public domain.he insideeinstein company, executives absorbed the news. >> it was on the front page of the "new york post," and those ofs that heard about it an read it, kind of looked at each other. i don't think anybodwas too
surprised. tom prince, an executive who left the company last year, is speaking out for the first time. no current executives would agree to an interview. prince says he had become conceed about weinstein's use of company funds to fly women around the world. >> pretty much on every production i would get a phone call or an email saying we have to fly an actress to thevi moset. wa and i would come back and explain to them that this is a one- or two-day role, and you know, we're spendingn awful lot of money flying somebody from paris to philadelphia or n from new york zealand to fulfill a role that uld be occupied by a local resident there. but this was a mandate from harvey. it was the company that was completely and utterly ruled by harvey. and harvey was a dictator. i thought clearly there was
something more than the actresses' acting abilities involved with us flying somebody roand spending $20,000 on that would have cost $2,000. >> narrator: in his response to "fntline," weinstein denie this and said that he and prince repeatedly clashed over budgets and other production issues. but nearly three years later, new york's attorney general would discover evidence of how instein was using company resources. >> we have emails, we have documents demonstrating th he was using the company to advance his sexual interests. and there were a lot of employees who were either manipulated or intimidated into helping him along. >> narrator: the attorney general algethat company executives and the board repeatedly failed to take meaningful steps to curb weinstein's behavior. >> there was a human resources department at the weinstein dmpany that not only didn
anything, but it appears to have been manipulated by harvey into helping him cover it up. there were lots of complaints, therwere lots of reports of harassment, abuse, and a toxic work environment. not one formal investigation by human resources, by the corporation into harvey's conduct, it's just sort of fathomable. >> narrator: in 2015, weinstein's contract was ufor renewal and the board signed off on it. >> the contract had provisions in it that provided a slidingsc ale for sexual misconduct that if he engaged in one act of misconduct he'd have to pay a certain amount, if he engaged in a second act he'd have to pay a rger amount. essentially monetizing this pattern of abuse. ♪ >> narrator: bob weinstein, who heads the company, told frontline any suggestion that the contract "monetized xual harassment is a gross misunderstanng of its substance and intent."
he has said that the board haded no knowlge of his brother's alleged misconduct. tom prince insists that he only heard vague rumors about weinstein.th >> i knew g. i would hear things, but they were innuendos, and they were second and third hand. k i didnw, and to be perfectly honest, i didn't give it a lot of thought because you're too burd in doing what you're trying... just trying to survive every day. ♪ >> narrator: with his new contract, weinstein's on at the company was secure. but he was about to come underre mo pressure from an unexpected quarter. ti(reporters yelling indistly) over the years, weinstein had helped raise millions for amfar, the foundation for aids research. but the amfar board had become concerned. the problem was not sexual
misconduct, but a dispute over the proceeds of a charity auction. >> there, this is fun. >> narrator: the charity hired lawyer tom ajamie to investigate exactly what happened to the money. >> during the course of our investigation we had to interview people. we would say to them, "why did it go here, why did it goe? th 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 aexual predator?" now we had no proof of that, but this is whate were hearing and ab was very disturbing. >> narrator: wort this got back to weinstein and he asked ajamie to meet him. >> he said to me, "tom, you're spreading rumors about me raping women." and my response was, "harvey, i'm not saying that, the community is saying that about you." and at some point he got very e gry and said, "you better be careful, tom, becave
investigated you, and you're not so clean, so be careful. ♪ >> narrator: weinstein has repeatedly denied rape allegations. >> when the meeting ended, he ran up to me and got very close to my face and said, "please, please sign a non-disclosure agreement. please don't tell anyone. man to man, don't tell anyone what you've learned about me." and i said, "harvey, i can't do that."he alked out, he got into the elevator, and as the elevator doors were closing, i s looking at his face and he was looking at my face, and i saw a very sad andesperate man who was now sticking his fingers in various parts of the dike and trying to prevent the water frou leakinand the entire dam from falling and crushing down on him. >> narrator: weinstein had been
trying to silence his accusers for decades. but he was now under increasing scrutiny from multiple news organizations. >> there had long been rumors about harvey weinstein. and this was the moment in te where 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 won who had had encounters thth weinstein to tell us r stories. ♪ >> narrator: in october 2017,ha ey weinstein finally lost control of the story.la >> now to thst on harvey weinstein.ew "the n york times" reporting allegations by numerous women who say the hollywood mogul sexually harassed th >> narrator: it was longer hollywood's open secret. it was news around the world.ns >> win is accused of sexually harassing female employees and actors... >> (reporter speaking chinese) >> (reporterpeaking spanish)
>> (reporter speaking french) >> narrator: "the new york mes" published multiple allegations of sexual harassmens going back d. >> harvey weinstein seemed to conduct himself as if he was invincible. so we really kind of held our breath after the story broke wondering if it was gonna have an impact. >> narrator: further allegations-- some of assaultd anpe-- would follow in the "new yorker." in the following weeks, 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 preyed on us. that was the most shocking thing, realizing thahe was a serious predator, and he had been seriously abusing people with total impunity for all this time. c (camera shutterscking) oo
>> narrator: safter the news broke, weinstein was fired fromn his compy. he says he is now in therapy.>> spoke to harvey.nd he doesn't souad and dejected, he sounds a little bit... a little bit humiliated, but i think he's geari up for the fight. >> narrator: in a new statement to "frontline" this week, weinein's spokeswoman said, while he denies any non-consensual sexual conduct,ep he is dely apologetic to those offended bhis behavior. the spokeswoman said, it is wrong and irresponsible to conflate claims of impolitic behavior or consensual sexual contact later regretted, w untrue claim wi criminal conduct, and his lawyer respond in the appropriate legal forum with evidence disproving the claimsai t him. y' >> i think harcareer is over. but you know, who knows?
anytng can happen. >> narrator: as of now, police in los angeles, new york, and i london aestigating rape and sexual assault allegations going back to the 1980s. ♪ yo ne's attorney general has filed a civil rights case against weinsteinwe and thstein company. ♪ and a oup of models and actresses is pursuing a class action lawsuit against him. >> i don't want to go down in history as harvey weinstein's aslult victim, but i damn w will if it's going to help put him in jail, and it's going to change the stem. i will. >> harvey, are you doing okay? >> yeah, i'm not doing okay. i'm trying.gu i gotta get heys. you know what, we all make mistakes. second chance, i hope, okay? >> it saddens me that everody woke up because of harvey
weinstein. on the other hand, thank god we've woken up. >> it was the hostile taover of the republican party. >> narrator: the fight between the president and his own party. >> in one fell swoop the republicans sent a message you're not a king, you are a t.esid >> trump's response is classic trump. who am i going to blame? >> don't mess with donald trump. donald trump doesn't forget. >> somebody needs to stand up and say "this is not our party, this is not normal." >> go to pbs.org/frontline for the latest on the weinstein company ti there were lots of complaints not one formal invtion... >> and learn more about non- disclosure agreements. >> there is 18 pages, a list of different ings i can't do and yeah, the first of all is silence.
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