'This Has Haunted Me': Weinstein Accuser Alleges '70s Rape

Meaning timeline of allegations now stretches over 4 decades
By Jenn Gidman,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 30, 2017 3:48 PM CDT
Weinstein Allegations Now Reach Back to 1970s
In this Jan. 8, 2017, file photo, Harvey Weinstein arrives at The Weinstein Company and Netflix Golden Globes after-party in Beverly Hills, Calif.   (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP, File)

It's been more than three weeks since that first New York Times story opened the floodgates on the Harvey Weinstein sexual harassment and assault scandal, and since that exposé, dozens of women have come forward with related stories to tell about the disgraced producer. A new story in the Times Monday is not only expanding the number of women making allegations, but also the timeline: Two women now say they were sexually assaulted by Weinstein in the 1970s, stretching the accusations out over four decades. Hope Exiner d'Amore, 62, says Weinstein raped her in a New York City hotel in the late '70s, while Cynthia Burr, also 62, says Weinstein forced her to perform oral sex on him in a building hallway, also in NYC during the same period. "This has haunted me my entire life," Exiner d’Amore tells the Times, which also reveals other new allegations from two other women.

In other Weinstein-related news, Vulture notes that "seeds of fresh chaos have been sewn" regarding the future of the Weinstein Company, and Harvey's brother, Bob, "is facing serious troubles of his own." Per two sources who claim they're tight with TWC execs, Bob is increasingly being pegged a "liability" by the company's board of directors. Although Bob has said he's "mortified and disgusted" at his older brother's behavior, there have been whispers that at heart he's simply Harvey's enabler. "Blood is thicker than water, and maybe that's what the board is thinking as well," notes a studio exec who's worked for both brothers. Not helping matters for Bob: sexual harassment allegations against him by an executive producer on a TWC TV series. (More Harvey Weinstein stories.)

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