Ronan Farrow, who wrote the extensive New Yorker exposé on the allegations of sexual assault and harassment against Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein, said every woman who shared their specific story hoped coming forward would stop this from happening to another woman.
“These women told me they were speaking because they thought remaining silent could jeopardize the next woman to come along,” Farrow told ABC News’ Juju Chang in an interview for “Nightline.” “They really felt that although it was hard for them to speak, they had to.
“This reveals the ability of a very powerful man to silence claims for a very long time,” he added.
Farrow’s New Yorker story, published Tuesday, followed a New York Times report published less than a week ago documenting the film producer’s alleged behavior, as well as reported settlements reached over the accusations. The Times followed with an additional story Tuesday, in which actresses Gwyneth Paltrow and Angelina Jolie shared their personal stories of alleged harassment at the hands of Weinstein.
Farrow told “Nightline” that he spoke to one woman who had raised an allegation against Weinstein and it led him to others with similar stories. What resulted was a 10-month-long investigation in which Farrow said he interviewed more than a dozen former and current Weinstein employees, who together painted what he said was a picture of “a culture of complicity” and “of fear that kept them from talking.”
It was especially difficult for Weinstein’s alleged victims to decide to come forward, according to Farrow.
“It was complicated for each woman in this story,” Farrow said. “Sometimes it took months and months for them to decide to go on the record. These were not women banging down the doors of media companies. These were brave women, struggling with what to do. But it was a process, I think, for each of them. Each of them talked about their own fears of what they believed he [Weinstein] might do to them, how they believed people around them would react, how they believed it would affect their careers, and so that was a lot to process for every woman in this story.”
Thirteen female alleged victims are referred to in Farrow’s story, three of whom allege rape or being forced into sex acts.
“Many of them had profound feelings of guilt about not speaking out sooner,” he said. “This is the hardest topic in the world for anyone to talk about. It’s the last thing any of these women want to open up again. Many of them have been profoundly damaged by it. ‘Damaged’ is a word that a number of these women used, you know Asia Argento, who very bravely describes what she alleges to be a rape in this story, said, ‘I’m shaking just talking about this.'”
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