What are Hollywood's biggest scandals

From Polanski to Weinstein: Hollywood's biggest sex scandals

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The sex scandal surrounding Harvey Weinstein (65) is not an isolated incident in the dream factory. Hollywood has been shaken repeatedly in the past by complaints of shocking assaults by famous men. A look at the biggest scandals.

The Woody Allen Scandal File

He is one of the most famous directors in Hollywood. But his vest is no longer white. Because Woody Allen (81, “Blue Jasmine”) is accused of having wronged his then seven-year-old adoptive daughter Dylan Farrow, whom he raised together with his then partner Mia Farrow (72). Allen had always protested his innocence.

The allegations first emerged in 1992 when Allen broke up with Farrow and a custody battle broke out over the adopted children. Allen confessed to his partner at the time that they had a relationship with their daughter Soon-Yi Previn, whom Farrow had adopted from South Korea in her marriage to André Previn. The abuse allegations against Allen were investigated at the time, but no charges were brought.

In an open letter to the “New York Times” in 2014, Dylan Farrow presented her point of view and reiterated her allegations. "For as long as I can remember, my dad did things to me that I didn't like," she explained. "These things have happened so often, so routinely and so cleverly hidden from a mother who would have protected me if she had known that I thought it was normal."

"Getting away with what he did to me haunted me growing up," Dylan continued. “I was afraid of being touched by men. I developed an eating disorder. I've started hurting myself. " She was also plagued by guilt for allowing him to be around other little girls. Hollywood has intensified these torments. Everyone, with a few exceptions, would have looked away. "Whenever I saw the face of the man who abused me - on a poster, a T-shirt, on TV - I could only hide my panic until I found a place to be alone."

After a twelve-year relationship with Mia Farrow, Allen married her adopted adult daughter Soon-Yi in 1997, with whom he has two daughters. Regarding the Weinstein case, he said in an interview with the BBC that the case should not degenerate into a witch-hunt atmosphere, “where every man who winks at a colleague's office suddenly has to call a lawyer to defend himself. That wouldn't be right either, ”said Allen.

The Bill Cosby scandal files

Before Harvey Weinstein, the Bill Cosby (80, “The Bill Cosby Show”) case made big headlines. Around 60 women accuse the entertainer of drugging and abusing them. Most cases, however, are statute-barred, the former model TV dad no longer had any legal consequences to fear. Until the Canadian Andrea Constand (44) came. She is said to have been sexually abused by Cosby in 2004. The case went to court in June with media coverage. There Constand testified against the once popular comedian and detailed the abuse.

She was drugged by Cosby and then abused. Cosby, on the other hand, said the sex was consensual. There was no judgment. The process failed because the jury could not come to an agreement even after five days of deliberation. But Cosby still can't breathe a sigh of relief. A retrial is scheduled for November 6th in the US state of Pennsylvania.

The Roman Polanski scandal files

The French film director of Polish descent pleaded guilty in the United States in 1977 to having had sex with 13-year-old Samantha Geimer. Roman Polanski (84, “The Pianist”) spent 42 days in prison for a forensic psychiatric assessment. Before a final verdict, however, he fled to France. Polanski has not returned to the United States since then. The proceedings are still ongoing. The director himself sees it differently. A few weeks ago Polanski told The Hollywood Reporter: “As far as I can tell, it's over. I pleaded guilty. "

A few months ago, the victim himself asked for the proceedings against Polanski to be dropped. She told the judge that it was she who was serving a 40-year sentence. The trial should be discontinued as "an act of compassion to me and my family." However, the responsible judge refused.

But Geimer is not the only one who accuses Polanski of serious assaults. Since the beginning of October there have been again allegations against the 84-year-old. The German actress Renate Langer (61) accuses the director of rape, according to the “New York Times”. She was abused by Polanski in Switzerland in 1972 when she applied for a film role with him in Gstaad. Langer was 15 years old at the time. Polanski is said to have apologized to her about a month later. As compensation, he offered her a small film role. She assumed that she had traveled to Rome and was raped again while filming Polanski.

British actress Charlotte Lewis (50) had already made allegations against the filmmaker in 2010. She was abused by the director at the age of 16. Polanski's lawyers dismissed the allegations as a “lie”. They also said that Polanski was extremely surprised that Lewis accepted a role in one of his films a few years after the alleged rape.

The Charlie Chaplin scandal files

The funny Charlie Chaplin (1889-1977, “The Great Dictator”) caused a sex scandal as early as the early 1920s. On the set of “The Kid” he met Lillita MacMurray, who was twelve at the time. Chaplin succumbed to the young girl, so he hired her as the leading actress for his film “Gold Rush”. It then came to a scandal during the shooting.

Chaplin is said to have had sex with the then 15-year-old Lillita in the sauna and made her pregnant. Fearing that he could be prosecuted for having sex with a minor, Chaplin married the girl. But the marriage must have been hell for the girl. In 1927 she filed for divorce. The divorce lawsuit said Chaplin treated his young wife cruelly and inhumanly.

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