ONLY ON ABC7NEWS.COM: Former Miramax employee talks Harvey Weinstein scandal

Saturday, November 04, 2017 11:55PM
A former Miramax employee and filmmaker who now lives in the Bay Area is speaking out about her experience and the Harvey Weinstein scandal. It's a story you'll see only on ABC7 News.


Disgraced Hollywood heavy hitter Harvey Weinstein could possibly face rape charges in New York City. We spoke exclusively with a Bay Area woman who used to work at Miramax.


Amy Hart worked her way up at Miramax back in the 90s and caught Harvey Weinstein's eye while she worked in the mail room.

"Harvey actually requested I become one of his assistants," she said.

Hart turned down the job because of the workload and the environment.

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"He is every bit the monster that people say he is," she said. "Bellowing profanities at the top of his lungs, to senior vice presidents, to actresses, to filmmakers. There was a terror there that was a control that was frightening."

Still, she insists two decades ago, talk was always about Weinstein's temper, narcissism, and bullying. Not about the accusations of sexual assault or rape.

"We didn't know because we would have stood up for these young actresses, we would have stood up for them," she said.

Meantime, in New York City, investigators are building their case against Weinstein after "Boardwalk Empire" actress Paz de la Huerta accused the movie mogul of sexually assaulting her twice.

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"In order to arrest Mr. Weinstein we would need an arrest warrant," said NYPD Chief Robert Boyce. "So that requires a court order. So we want to get our evidence first before we go out and do something like that."

Weinstein's representative says, "Any allegations of non-consensual sex are unequivocally denied by Mr. Weinstein."

And in London, a possible criminal investigation into actor Kevin Spacey.

He's accused of assault and of preying on young male actors.

That, according to Hart, was known in the industry.

Hart: "There were some rumors about his misconduct."
Reporter: "Like what?"
Hart: "That he was hitting on boys."
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