Movie producer #Harvey Weinstein is currently swamped in allegations of sexual misconduct from actresses accusing him of sexually harassing and violating them over the years. Now, British actress Romola Garai has come forward to join the conversation, describing an encounter she had with Weinstein when she was just 18 years old. She claims that he auditioned her in just a dressing gown in his room at the Savoy Hotel. She described the experience as “humiliating” and “an abuse of power” by the Hollywood producer.

Garai starred in “The Hour” on BBC and the film “Atonement,” and claims that after the audition with a half-naked Harvey Weinstein, she felt “violated.” This is just the latest one in a long series of accusations against Weinstein of inappropriate sexual behaviour.

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He is the producer of many popular Hollywood movies, including “Pulp Fiction,” “Clerks,” and “The Crying Game.” Garai explained that Weinstein monopolised on young actresses’ desperate desire to break into the industry to subject them to “humiliating situations” in order to get ahead.

Garai said that “every other woman in the industry” has been subjected to this kind of “audition” by Harvey Weinstein. She said she had already auditioned but that Weinstein requested that she needed to be “personally approved by him.” She said that after the audition, “I felt violated by it,” and that “it has stayed very clearly in my memory.”

Meryl Streep, Judi Dench, and more speak out

Among the many women who have come forward with allegations against Harvey Weinstein are Ashley Judd and Rose McGowan, with one American TV reporter claiming that Weinstein masturbated in front of her.

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Liza Campbell has said that the Hollywood mogul invited her up to his hotel room to share a bath with him. His misogynistic and inappropriate behaviour towards women has been described as an “open secret” amongst Hollywood insiders.

After the allegations started to come out over this past weekend, Weinstein had decided to take a leave of absence from his production company, The Weinstein Company. However, since then, the board directors have decided to fire him. In the hours before that, Weinstein emailed some of his Hollywood contacts in a desperate attempt to get them to save his job. But the men and women of Hollywood aren’t on his side. They have also spoken out to denounce his actions.

A-list stars Meryl Streep and Judi Dench have spoken out publicly to condemn Weinstein’s actions and assure fans that they had no idea what was going on, as they themselves have appeared in various Weinstein Company productions. Streep said she was “appalled” to find out what Weinstein had done, while Emma Thompson described him as “predatory.”

Weinstein’s lawyers say he denies the allegations

The allegations against Weinstein go back decades, and he said of these accusations, “I own my mistakes.” This is a cryptic comment, considering how it seems like he’s owning up to his crimes there, and yet his lawyers continue to deny the allegations.

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At least eight legal settlements have been made between Weinstein and his accusers.

The accusations typically entail Weinstein inviting women up to his hotel room for a supposed business meeting, but then taking a left turn by greeting them at the door naked or asking them to give him a massage or watch him take a shower. It’s pretty disgusting stuff. Garai’s explanation for why Hollywood’s resident pervert was getting away with it for so long is that the film industry is “very, very, very misogynistic,” and said that when she started hearing the allegations come out over the last few days, she “couldn’t [have been] less surprised.” #Meryl Streep #Kate Winslet