Laura Dern recalls being sexually assaulted at age 14

Laura Dern always thought she was one of the “lucky ones,” until she heard Reese Witherspoon, Jennifer Lawrence and others talk about their experiences with sexual assault and abuse in Hollywood, she said on Wednesday.

The daughter of actors Bruce Dern and Diane Ladd, Dern, 50, told Ellen DeGeneres Show_” target=”_blank”>the “Ellen DeGeneres Show” that after attending ELLE’s Women in Hollywood event in Beverly Hills Monday, she had a realization.

“It was an extraordinary experience, perhaps more than ever, to have this shared space and a tribe of women and artists talking about this industry, and ultimately therefore talking about sexual harassment in the workplace. And a very interesting thing happened this morning,” Dern told host Ellen DeGeneres.

“I woke up and I realized that in that space I talked about how I was one of the lucky ones because I was raised by actors who told me their stories and told me what to look out for, and I realized that I was I still justifying behavior,” she continued. “And it was my mom who said, ‘No, no, no, Laura — that was sexual assault. That was harassment. That was assault. No, you were 14 then.'”

Dern explained that until then she hadn’t thought of those experiences as harassment or assault.

“You realize how in our culture we have justified, and therefore even condoned behavior, as though it’s the norm,” she said.

While she did not go into detail about her personal history with abuse, she commended her peers for speaking out at the ELLE event. “I felt very moved by people being honest and direct,” she said.

“There was no one there who didn’t say they’d had the experience,” she added. “The most exciting part is in moving forward, we talked about the forming of a commission, which Kathy (Kathleen) Kennedy presented.” she said.

Dern said the idea is to create an environment where women can reach out, even anonymously, to say, “There is an abuse of power here and something is not OK.”

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2017 CMT performers honor Las Vegas shooting victims and heroes

Chris Stapleton, Florida Georgia Line, Jason Aldean, Keith Urban and Luke Bryan were the honorees at this year’s CMT Artists of the Year special, which aired live from Nashville’s Schermerhorn Symphony Center on Wednesday.

The focus of the show was less awards and more “hope and healing,” following the mass shooting in Las Vegas and the recent natural disasters in Houston, Florida, Puerto Rico and California.

R&B singer Andra Day, joined by Little Big Town, opened the program with a powerful performance of Day’s hit “Rise Up.” The five honorees then took the stage to explain that the show was a tribute to the victims and expression of gratitude to the first responders.

“Music can be so powerful, and we have never needed it more than we do right now,” said six-time honoree Bryan. “We hope music can be a part of the healing.”

Stapleton chimed in, “The entire nation is trying to process these devastating events. On this night, one that we usually celebrate a year of music, we also want to celebrate a year of incredible human spirit.”

Urban added, “In some small way tonight, we want to thank you for your resolve and perhaps lift your spirits. We hope to remind you that everything we go though, we can get through when we stick together.”

Aldean, who was onstage when the gunman opened fire, noted, “We have proven time and again in this country that we have the power to overcome anything that threatens our way of life, or our freedom … we dedicate this night to you and to everyone who’s experienced loss or tragedy in the past few months … we will get through this together.”

Little Big Town, Danielle Bradbery and Lee Ann Womack then joined Day and rapper Common for a moving rendition of “Stand Up for Something.”

Stapleton, introduced by the Osborne Brothers, was later joined by his wife Morgane for “Broken Halos,” dedicating the song to victims of the Las Vegas shooting and all Americans suffering in the wake of the country’s recent natural disasters.

In keeping with the evening’s theme of “hope and healing,” the “In Memoriam” segment included the names of all the Las Vegas shooting victims.

Vince Gill, introducing Keith Urban, likened him to “a little brother,” adding, “and who wouldn’t want Keith Urban as your little brother.” Urban then performed “Blue Ain’t Your Color,” for his wife, Nicole Kidman, ending by saying, “I love you baby.”

Aldean, accepting his sixth CMT Artist of the Year title, was the final honoree of the night. He was introduced by Bryan, who noted, “It could have been any one of us on that stage in Las Vegas.”

He added, “Jason Aldean has responded with dignity, care, respect and, in some ways, defiance.”

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Alyssa Milano on #MeToo campaign: 'We are going to be vocal until this stops'

Actress Alyssa Milano today said the chorus of millions of women who have come forward with their allegations of sexual abuse and harassment using the “me too” hashtag is not going to be silenced anytime soon.

“We are going to be vocal until this stops,” Milano, 44, said in an exclusive interview on “Good Morning America.” “Not one more. It stops here.”

Milano, a mother of two, was one of the first to share the call for a “me too” hashtag, writing, “If you’ve been sexually harassed or assaulted write ‘me too’ as a reply to this tweet.”

As of this morning, 1.4 million and counting tweets included the hashtag, along with more than 13 million posts, comments and reactions on Facebook.

Milano called herself a “vessel” for the millions of women and men now publicly acknowledging they have faced sexual abuse or harassment. She said it is her mission to make sure the movement becomes more than just a hashtag.

“I really want this to be about the everywoman’s voice. This is your movement, women,” Milano said. “This is your time and if I can be the vessel and hold the bullhorn for you guys to shout as loud as humanly possible then I’m honored to do so.”

She added, “Let’s fix this problem.”

The “me too” movement was started in 2007 by activist Tarana Burke to aid sexual assault survivors in underprivileged communities.

“This is not just about me,” Burke told ABC News. “It’s about survivors and it’s about what survivors need to be healthy and whole.”

Milano said she plans to work with Burke and The Creative Coalition, the entertainment industry’s advocacy group, to move “me too” beyond a viral movement into an effort that can establish “protocols” for gender equality and behavior.

“I think that there are a lot of gray lines,” she said. “I think that’s because so many women don’t voice — because we’ve been silenced — our concerns or what upsets us so we need to figure out those protocols and define those lines so that men know that they cannot cross them.”

She continued, “It’s so interesting to me that my kid in school learns that if his clothes catch on fire, that he should stop, drop and roll, but there’s nothing teaching our kids in school the protocol of gender equality and what that means and decency and respect towards the opposite gender.”

Stars including Lady Gaga, Evan Rachel Wood, Debra Messing and more, including some men, have used the tag “#MeToo.”

Milano called sexual harassment a “cultural issue” that “we have to face.” She said she believes the power of the “me too” movement comes from not just celebrities on Twitter but women from Wall Street to hospitals to those “walking down the street” who have spoken out too.

“Women posting ‘me too,’ I think, gave them the courage to not have to tell their story or not have to name their predator but to just stand in solidarity,” she said. “I think that the numbers are a testament to how powerful women can be when we do stand together and we are one.”

Milano credited her personal healing from her own experience with sexual assault to counseling and a “great support system.” Though she does not know if she will ever publicly tell her story, she said her experience came not because she is an actress.

“I have been harassed so many times I can’t count,” she said. “I’ve been assaulted but this wasn’t because I was an actress. These were instances, you know, if I was at a bar with friends or in a cab.”

Milano’s tweet reigniting the movement came as dozens of women have spoken out and continue to speak out against Hollywood movie mogul Harvey Weinstein, 65, and more Hollywood honchos.

In the two weeks since The New York Times published its explosive report on Weinstein’s alleged sexual acts toward women, he was fired from the Weinstein Co., which he co-founded, expelled from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, and his wife, Georgina Chapman, announced she was leaving him.

Actresses including Gwyneth Paltrow, Angelina Jolie, and Mira Sorvino have spoken out publicly with allegations against Weinstein.

Weinstein denies “any allegations of nonconsensual sex” via his spokesman.

“Mr. Weinstein has further confirmed that there were never any acts of retaliation against any women for refusing his advances. Mr. Weinstein obviously can’t speak to anonymous allegations, but with respect to any women who have made allegations on the record, Mr. Weinstein believes that all of these relationships were consensual,” according to the full statement from Weinstein’s spokesperson. “Mr. Weinstein has begun counseling, has listened to the community and is pursuing a better path. Mr. Weinstein is hoping that, if he makes enough progress, he will be given a second chance.”

Milano said she hopes people look beyond the “Harvey Weinstein craziness” and use the “me too” campaign to “put the focus back on the victims”

“To give us a voice. To give us strength. To give us power,” she said. “And what that enables us to do is say, ‘No more. No more. We’re not going to put up with this anymore.'”

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'Morning Joe' host Scarborough officially leaves GOP

MSNBC host and former Republican Congressman Joe Scarborough has made his departure from the GOP official.

The “Morning Joe” anchor said on Twitter on Thursday that he became an independent and he added a picture of himself with an elections official in New Canaan, Connecticut, smiling while holding a form.

Scarborough announced that he would leave the party in July and accused Republicans of abandoning their fiscal principles. Scarborough has been a fierce critic of President Donald Trump, who has targeted Scarborough and his fiancee and co-host Mika Brzezinski on Twitter.

Scarborough was elected to four U.S. House terms from Florida starting in 1994.

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27 accusers share their stories of Harvey Weinstein's alleged advances

Numerous women have come forward with explosive allegations of sexual harassment, and in some cases, assault, by movie mogul Harvey Weinstein.

Oscar winners Angelina Jolie, Gwyneth Paltrow and Mira Sorvino claimed that they were forced to rebuff Weinstein’s unwanted advances. Others alleged sexual assault.

A spokesperson for the movie executive told The New Yorker: “Any allegations of non-consensual sex are unequivocally denied by Mr. Weinstein.”

“Mr. Weinstein has further confirmed that there were never any acts of retaliation against any women for refusing his advances. Mr. Weinstein obviously can’t speak to anonymous allegations, but with respect to any women who have made allegations on the record, Mr. Weinstein believes that all of these relationships were consensual,” according to the full statement from Weinstein’s spokesperson. “Mr. Weinstein has begun counseling, has listened to the community and is pursuing a better path. Mr. Weinstein is hoping that, if he makes enough progress, he will be given a second chance.”

Weinstein was terminated on Sunday by the board of The Weinstein Company in light of the allegations. His attorney Charles Harder claimed last week that the initial New York Times story, which also included allegations that Weinstein had reached confidential settlements with his accusers, was “saturated with false and defamatory statements” and said that he was preparing a lawsuit.

The disgraced Hollywood executive said Wednesday in a video obtained by ABC News that he’s “got to get help,” and he has reportedly checked himself into a rehabilitation clinic for behavioral issues, including sex addiction.

Representatives for Weinstein and The Weinstein Company did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

Here is a list of 27 women who spoke out on the record, along with their allegations against Weinstein.

Kate Beckinsale

The actress took to Instagram Thursday, claiming that she “was called to meet Harvey Weinstein at the Savoy Hotel when I was 17.”

Beckinsale, 44, said she assumed they’d meet in a conference room, but instead claimed she was told by the reception desk “to go to his room.”

“He opened the door in his bathrobe. I was incredibly naive and young and it did not cross my mind that this older, unattractive man would expect me to have any sexual interest in him. After declining alcohol and announcing that I had school in the morning I left, uneasy but unscathed,” she claimed.

Heather Graham

The “Boogie Nights” actress wrote in Variety that Weinstein had allegedly implied that she had to sleep with him to be in one of his films. “There was no explicit mention that to star in one of those films I had to sleep with him, but the subtext was there,” she claimed.

“A few weeks later, I was asked to do a follow-up meeting at his hotel,” she alleged. “I called one of my actress friends to explain my discomfort with the situation, and she offered to come with me. En route, she called me to say she couldn’t make it. Not wanting to be at the hotel alone with him, I made up an excuse — I had an early morning and would have to postpone. Harvey told me that my actress friend was already at his hotel and that both of them would be very disappointed if I didn’t show. I knew he was lying, so I politely and apologetically reiterated that I could no longer come by.”

Graham, 47, said she was “never hired for one of his films, and I didn’t speak up about my experience.”

Cara Delevingne

The actress said on social media Wednesday that she’s had two allegedly inappropriate incidents with Weinstein.

Delevingne, who has said that she is bisexual, alleged Weinstein once called to advise her against ever going public with a same-sex relationship for the good of her career. She also alleged that a year or so after that “odd and uncomfortable call,” Weinstein brought her to a hotel room after a business meeting for an upcoming film, where she claims he asked her to kiss another woman before making a sexual advance himself. She rebuffed him and left.

She shared that she later landed the role in the movie, but always questioned why. Delevingne and Weinstein worked together on the 2017 film “Tulip Fever.”

“Since then I felt awful that I did the movie. I felt like I didn’t deserve the part,” she wrote. “I was so hesitant about speaking out….I didn’t want to hurt his family. I felt guilty as if I did something wrong. I was also terrified that this sort of thing had happened to so many women I know but no one had said anything because of fear.”

Léa Seydoux

The French actress wrote in The Guardian that she saw Weinstein allegedly acting inappropriate several times throughout her career.

Seydoux also detailed one alleged incident when Weinstein invited her to “his hotel room for a drink.” A female assistant then left the two of them alone. “That’s the moment where he started losing control,” she alleged.

“We were talking on the sofa when he suddenly jumped on me and tried to kiss me,” she claimed. “I had to defend myself. He’s big and fat, so I had to be forceful to resist him. I left his room, thoroughly disgusted. I wasn’t afraid of him, though. Because I knew what kind of man he was all along.”

Ashley Judd

Judd told the Times that about 20 years ago, she was invited to a Beverly Hills hotel, where Weinstein asked for a massage or to have the young actress watch him shower.

“I said no, a lot of ways, a lot of times, and he always came back at me with some new ask,” she said in the Times story from last week. She rebuffed him but later appeared in two of his films without incident, she told the Times.

Mira Sorvino

The Oscar winner found herself in a hotel room in 1995 with Weinstein, she told The New Yorker.

“He started massaging my shoulders, which made me very uncomfortable, and then tried to get more physical, sort of chasing me around,” she said, adding that she then left the room.

She believes that her rebuttal hurt her career, though she maintained a relationship with Weinstein’s brother who she claims she never told about the incident.

Lucia Evans

Evans told The New Yorker the assault began in 2004. She was aspiring actress and said Weinstein “forced me to perform oral sex on him.”

“I said, over and over, ‘I don’t want to do this, stop, don’t,’ ” she said. “He’s a big guy. He overpowered me.”

Asia Argento

The Italian actress was invited under the guise of a “party” in 1997, but only found Weinstein in his hotel room, she told The New Yorker.

He asked for a massage then forced oral sex on her, she said.

“I was not willing,” she said. “I said, ‘No, no, no.”

Argento maintained a relationship with Weinstein and had consensual sexual relations with him multiple times over the course of the next five years.

Ambra Battilana Gutierrez

Gutierrez was a model in 2015 when she said she went to Weinstein’s office for a business meeting, she told The New Yorker. She claims he groped her and tried to reach his hand up her skirt. She reported the alleged assault to the New York Police Department.

The next day, she met with Weinstein again wearing a wire in the hope of recording a confession. In the recording, the model asks Weinstein why he had grabbed her breasts the day before. He replies, “Oh, please, I’m sorry, just come on in. I’m used to that. Come on. Please,” according to audio released by the New Yorker.

As the recording continues, Weinstein tries to convince her to come into his hotel room while he showers despite her protests. After a nearly two-minute encounter, he agrees to let Gutierrez leave.

The Manhattan District Attorney’s Office decided not to file charges after a two-week investigation and Weinstein was never prosecuted. They later reached a confidential settlement that included an affidavit that behavior he confessed to did not happen.

Rosanna Arquette

Arquette said she met Weinstein in his hotel room in the early 1990s.

She claims Weinstein tried to force her to give him a massage, then tried to force her hand on his genitals. Although she did have roles in subsequent films, she claims her refusal hurt her career from that moment on, she told The New Yorker. Arquette also spoke to The New York Times.

Emily Nestor

She was a front desk assistant for Weinstein, and she told The New Yorker that when she first began working for the producer in 2014, he asked her to coffee.

There, she alleges Weinstein told her, “I could put you in my London office, and you could work there and you could be my girlfriend.”

She told The New Yorker that it’s a “clear case of sexual harassment.” She told The New Yorker that she did have a conversation with company officials but did not pursue it because she was told Weinstein would be informed of everything she said.

Emma de Caunes

The French actress told The New Yorker that in 2010, she went to his hotel room under the impression that they would discuss a potential movie role. He took shower and came out naked. She claims Weinstein demanded that she get on the bed.

She declined and left.

Jessica Barth

Barth, an actress, told The New Yorker that she met Weinstein at the Golden Globes in 2011 and she was also invited to his hotel room, where he dangled a film role over her in exchange for a “naked massage.”

She refused and left.

Gwyneth Paltrow

The actress credits Weinstein with giving her her star-making role in the film “Emma,” and according to her interview with the New York Times, before filming began, Weinstein invited her to join him for massages in his hotel room, which she declined.

Paltrow said their relationship was rocky for some time afterward, as Weinstein was apparently angry that she’d confided in her boyfriend at the time, Brad Pitt. Paltrow went on to win an Oscar for another Weinstein-produced film, “Shakespeare in Love.”

Angelina Jolie

Jolie said in an email to the Times that she rejected unwanted advances from Harvey Weinstein in the ’90s and from that point forward, made a point to warn other women against working with him.

Tomi-Ann Roberts

The aspiring actress told the Times that she met Weinstein in 1984 and hoped he could help her career. She said she arrived to a meeting to find him nude in a bathtub and claimed he suggested “getting naked in front of him” to help with her audition. She declined.

Katherine Kendall

Kendall claimed in an interview with the Times that after she refused to give Weinstein a massage in the early ’90s, he asked her to show him her breasts. She said no.

Judith Godreche

The French actress told the Times that at the 1996 Cannes Film Festival, Weinstein asked her to give him a massage and after she said no, she found the producer “pressing against me and pulling off my sweater.” She managed to leave the room.

A female Miramax executive told her to keep quiet, she alleged.

Dawn Dunning

Dunning, a former actress, told the Times that Weinstein allegedly offered her contracts for his next three films if she would have three-way sex with him. When she declined, she claims he allegedly told her, “You’ll never make it in this business.”

Louisette Geiss

During a Tuesday press conference with her attorney Gloria Allred, Geiss, a former actress and screenwriter, accused Weinstein of offering to greenlight her script if she’d watch him masturbate. She left the room, and soon thereafter, the industry.

Laura Madden

The former Weinstein Company employee told the Times that Weinstein repeatedly asked for massages.

“It was so manipulative,” she claimed. “You constantly question yourself — am I the one who is the problem?”

Zelda Perkins

The Times reported the former London assistant to Weinstein while he was at Miramax confronted her boss about his alleged treatment of her and others back in 1998, threatening to initiate legal action or go public with her story if he didn’t change his behavior. Perkins settled with a company lawyer and declined to comment, according to the Times.

Romola Garai

The British actress told The Guardian that when she was 18 years old, she allegedly had to meet Weinstein in his hotel room.

“So I had to go to his hotel room in the Savoy, and he answered the door in his bathrobe,” she claimed. “I was only 18. I felt violated by it, it has stayed very clearly in my memory.”

Garai claimed she spoke to Weinstein while he sat there in a bathrobe. “The point was that he could get a young woman to do that, that I didn’t have a choice, that it was humiliating for me and that he had the power. It was an abuse of power,” she said.

Sarah Ann Masse

The comedian claimed she had an encounter with Weinstein back in 2008 when she was interviewing to be the nanny for his three children with Eve Chilton. After several interviews with female assistants, Masse claimed that Weinstein asked to meet with her.

When she arrived to his Connecticut home, he was in his “boxer shorts and an undershirt,” she told Variety.

At the end of the interview, she claimed Weinstein “gave me this really tight, close hug that lasted for quite a long period of time. He was still in his underwear. Then he told me he loved me. I left right after that.”

Liza Campbell

The writer wrote in The Times of London that in 1995 she had an inappropriate encounter with Weinstein in his hotel room.

Although others were there when she arrived, they suddenly “vanished,” she claimed.

“I could hear him moving around and suddenly the sound of bath taps running,” Campbell, whose father was the 6th Earl of Cawdor, claimed. “‘What do you say we both jump in the bath?’ he hollered. I could hear the thump of shoes being taken off and felt shocked that the meeting had turned sleazy.”

She said she found an exit and left.

Zoë Brock

The New Zealand writer and model wrote in a blog on Medium that she allegedly had an inappropriate encounter with Weinstein when she was 23 years old in his suite at the Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc.

“Harvey left the room, but not for long,” she wrote. “He re-emerged naked a couple of minutes later and asked if I would give him a massage. Panicking, in shock, I remember weighing up the options and wondering how much I needed to placate him to keep myself safe. He asked if I would like a massage instead, and for a second I thought this might be a way to give him an inch without him taking a mile.”

She said she confronted him and emerged physically unharmed by the experience but it was nonetheless shocking.

Lauren Sivan

In 2007, Sivan was a news anchor on Long Island 12, a local cable channel in New York, when she said she met Weinstein at a New York City restaurant.

“We talked about news, we talked about politics, we talked about our love of history,” she told ABC News’ “20/20.” “He was really flattering … which at the time made me feel great.”

Sivan said they left the restaurant and went to a club, where Weinstein said he was an owner, and she accepted when he offered to give her a tour of the downstairs kitchen area. But when she got there, she realized the area was empty and said she became uncomfortable.

“He’s blocking the exit with his body,” she claimed. “He leaned in to kiss me at that point, and I recoiled. I realized, ‘Oh, this is a bad situation.’ I apologized to him. I said, ‘I’m so sorry if I gave you the wrong idea. I’m in a relationship.’”

“He said, ‘Just stand there and be quiet,” Sivan alleged. “And that’s when he exposed himself and began masturbating, and I just stood there in shock and watched until he eventually ejaculated into a potted plant.”

A day or two later, Sivan said Weinstein called her and asked to meet up with her again. She said she told him she wasn’t interested and after that, she said she never heard from him again. Sivan said she has shared her story with friends but never spoke about it publicly until now and never reported it.

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In Weinstein saga, Rose McGowan emerges as powerful voice

In a flurry of unrestrained tweets and with the “RoseArmy” at her back, Rose McGowan has emerged a kind of whistleblowing avenger in the Harvey Weinstein saga, leaving a scorched path behind her across social media.

After long referencing a past incident with Weinstein, McGowan on Thursday for the first time said it outright: “HW raped me,” the actress wrote, apparently referring to the embattled former Weinstein Co. co-chairman. Weinstein representative Sallie Hofmeister said “any allegations of non-consensual contact are unequivocally denied by Mr. Weinstein.”

The Hollywood Reporter said McGowan confirmed it was Weinstein she was referring to; her representative did not respond to a message seeking comment.

McGowan’s accusation was the latest development in the fast-unraveling saga surrounding Weinstein.

Police detectives in New York and London said Thursday that they are taking a fresh look into sexual assault allegations against Harvey Weinstein now that some 30 women have accused the Hollywood film producer of inappropriate conduct. Hachette Book Group, one of the country’s top publishers, announced it has pulled the plug on its Weinstein Books imprint.

But it has been McGowan who spoke loudest Thursday, even though she spent half the day suspended by Twitter.

McGowan last year said that she had been raped by a “studio head.” The New Yorker expose that ran Tuesday reported that Weinstein had allegedly sexually assaulted three women, though the third woman was unnamed. The New York Times earlier reported that Weinstein paid a financial settlement of $ 100,000 to McGowan in 1997 after an episode at a hotel room during the Sundance Film Festival in Utah.

That settlement included provisions about speaking about the case in the future, but McGowan has increasingly refused to mince words. “It’s on,” tweeted McGowan before launching into a series of tweets directed at Amazon head Jeff Bezos.

“I told the head of your studio that HW raped me,” said McGowan in tweets directed to Bezos. “Over and Over I said it. He said it hadn’t been proven. I said I was the proof.”

Amazon did not return a message seeking comment.

Authorities are also seeking evidence against Weinstein, who in a video posted by celebrity website TMZ was shown Wednesday outside a Los Angeles home telling the paparazzi he’s “not doing OK” and that he “needs help.”

New York Police Department spokesman Peter Donald said Thursday that investigators are reviewing police files to see if anyone else reported being assaulted or harassed by him.

So far, no filed complaints have been found, he said, other than one well-known case that prompted an investigation in 2015, but authorities are encouraging anyone with information on Weinstein to contact the department.

London police were also looking into a claim it had received from the Merseyside force in northwest England, British media reported Thursday. Merseyside police said the allegation was made a day earlier and concerned “an alleged sexual assault in the London area in the 1980s.”

Some 30 women — including actresses Angelina Jolie, Ashley Judd and Gwyneth Paltrow — have spoken out recently to say Weinstein had sexually harassed or sexually assaulted them. Weinstein was fired Sunday by The Weinstein Co., a studio he co-founded with his brother.

Some of the allegations involved conduct at hotels in Beverly Hills, but police there didn’t return calls on whether they were investigating any possible crimes. The Los Angeles Police Department has no open investigations.

Detectives in the NYPD’s special victims unit were instructed to identify and speak with any potential victims, including the women who spoke about their encounters with Weinstein in the New Yorker article, according to a law enforcement official briefed on the matter who spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity.

The Summit County Sheriff’s Office, which shares a records system with Park City Police, had no reports or calls involving Weinstein or McGowan in the past 30 years, sheriff’s spokesman Lt. Andrew Wright said.

In The New Yorker expose, a former actress, Lucia Evans, said Weinstein forced her to perform oral sex in 2004 when she was a college student. A second woman, actress and filmmaker Asia Argento, told the magazine that Weinstein forcibly performed oral sex on her in 1997 at a hotel in France.

Under New York law, making someone engage in oral sex by physical force or the threat of it is a first-degree criminal sexual act. There’s no legal time limit for bringing charges.

New York detectives already investigated Weinstein once, the 2015 probe when an Italian model said the studio executive grabbed her breasts and groped her. Detectives set up a sting where they recorded a conversation between the woman and Weinstein while he tried to persuade her to come into his hotel room.

Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance Jr. said prosecutors decided there wasn’t enough evidence to prosecute the case.

“I, like they, were very disturbed by the contents of the tape,” Vance said. “But at the end of the day we operate in a courtroom of law, not the court of public opinion. And our sex crime prosecutors made a determination that this was not going to be a provable case.”

Police investigated that allegation as a case of forcible touching, a misdemeanor with a two-year time limit for bringing charges. The statute of limitations has since expired.

Thursday evening, Amazon Studios announced its chief, Roy Price, had been placed on leave after a producer detailed crude remarks she said he made to her after a 2015 Comic-Con event in San Diego. Isa Hackett, the daughter of author Philip K. Dick and a producer on the Amazon series “Man in the High Castle,” told The Hollywood Reporter that Price persisted with sexual remarks toward her throughout the evening.

She said she complained to Amazon executives, who launched an investigation but never informed her of the results. She told the Reporter she never saw Price again at an Amazon event promoting the show or another series based on her father’s work.

Hours earlier, the Eastern branch of the Writers Guild of America pledged to take action to prevent future abuse, noting that “sexual harassment and assault have long been hallmarks of the entertainment industry.”

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