In an excerpt from the FRONTLINE/BBC documentary “Weinstein,” two women who worked on the disgraced mogul’s first movie, “The Burning,” speak out about their encounters with him – one of them, Suza Maher-Wilson, for the first time.
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Maher-Wilson says Weinstein approached her at a party after filming had finished and “lured” her into a hotel room to give him a massage.
Inside the hotel room, she says, Weinstein excused himself to go to the bathroom. “He came out and he was naked with a towel and it was a little shocking,” says Maher-Wilson. “And I just said, ‘I’m sorry, this isn’t what I signed on for.’ Whatever words I used. And, I left the room.”
Paula Wachowiak also shares the story of her encounter with Weinstein in this clip.
Through a spokeswoman, Weinstein told FRONTLINE he denies Wachowiak’s account and disagrees on the details of Maher-Wilson’s. In a past statement to The New York Times, he said, “I came of age in the 60s and 70s, when all the rules about behavior and workplaces were different. That was the culture then.” He has denied all allegations of nonconsensual sexual contact and criminal conduct.
The experiences Maher-Wilson and Wachowiak describe in the above excerpt are part of a pattern of allegations stretching back to the early days of Weinstein’s career that FRONTLINE and the BBC investigate in Weinstein. The film traces nearly four decades of allegations against the movie mogul, efforts to silence his accusers, what Hollywood knew and when.
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