Harvey Weinstein scandal deepens as producer accused of sexual misconduct at Hong Kong hotel
Fallen movie-mogul faces fresh anonymous allegations just a day after his former Hong Kong associate was accused of similar acts
Hong Kong’s role in a Hollywood sex abuse scandal has widened with Harvey Weinstein facing new and direct allegations of sexual misconduct in a five-star hotel in the city – as questions emerge about his relationship with local film industry figure, Bey Logan.
Just 24 hours after former Hong Kong Weinstein Company executive Logan – who considers himself a friend of the movie mogul – expressed regret over a string of accusations by seven women, a former TVB host has made fresh anonymous allegations of sexual abuse by Weinstein during a visit to the city by the disgraced producer.
The allegation – which revolves around a 2009 job interview carried out by Weinstein in a room at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel in the Central district of Hong Kong – come as Logan on Thursday announced he had split from his lawyer wife as a result of the accusations of sexual impropriety against him.
The new Weinstein allegation was first published on Thursday on the news website hk01. It is understood none of the allegations made against either man have been reported to any law enforcement agency or regulatory body.
A former host on TVB, Hong Kong’s largest free-to-air broadcaster, requested anonymity to claim that she met Weinstein in 2009, when the producer was attempting to break into the fast-growing Chinese film and TV market. The woman says she met the movie mogul via former Asia vice-president of The Weinstein Company, Logan.
The woman said Logan arranged for her to have a meeting with Weinstein at the Mandarin Oriental hotel to talk about a potential hosting job on the Asian edition of The Weinstein Company’s Project Runway. After arriving at the hotel coffee shop, Logan told her that Weinstein was in his room upstairs attending to business and suggested she meet him there.
According to hk01’s report, Weinstein and the woman sat and talked on the sofa for some time, but the producer began to edge closer to her, touching her waist, arm and shoulder while he talked. It was then Weinstein was said to have asked if she would take off her clothes so that he could see her figure. She said that he told her: “If you don’t take off your clothes, I won’t be able to give you a job.”
The woman said she instantly refused, but then Weinstein told her to stand in front of the mirror, pulling up her top to reveal her body. She tried to pull it down to protect herself. Then he asked if she would watch him while he took a shower, and even offered her the alternative of letting him watch her take a shower, saying that he would only sit and watch and would not touch her.
The woman described the encounter to hk01 as being akin to “bargaining” and that she felt Weinstein was testing her limits of acceptance. When he saw that she would not agree to his requests, he became dismissive and his tone impatient, and said to her, “OK, fine, you can leave now”, it was claimed.
The woman said that when she went downstairs, she immediately complained to Logan about Weinstein’s behaviour. She told hk01 that Logan replied that he thought that when she agreed to go up to Weinstein’s room, she implicitly accepted that he would act in that way or similar.
Weinstein could not be contacted for a response on Thursday night. Asked to respond to the latest allegations, Logan said he had nothing to add to his earlier statement. Earlier on Thursday Logan released a short statement in which he said he had split from his wife, Elizabeth Yang.
“My wife and I have separated, and I sincerely ask that the family’s privacy be respected during this difficult time,” the statement said.
On Wednesday the South China Morning Post reported that British-born martial arts enthusiast Logan was accused of “inappropriate behaviour” by seven women, including Indonesian-Chinese former actress Sable Yu, who starred in the unfinished Logan-helmed film Snowblade.
Among the allegations are claims that Logan touched Yu’s breast in front of a whole film crew and that the executive – who worked for The Weinstein Company from 2005 to 2009 – “habitually threatened” her with legal action when she tried to quit the film due to psychological pressure.
The former executive is also believed to have spoken to Weinstein when allegations of sexual misconduct first emerged against the movie mogul. The scandal later sparked a full-blown international movement by men and women claiming to be victims of sexual misconduct by film stars, producers and studio executives, under the “#MeToo” social media campaign.
The extent of Weinstein’s links to Hong Kong and Asia were illustrated earlier this year when a eulogy he wrote following the death of prominent entrepreneur and socialite David Tang was published imn the Financial Times in which he referred to Logan by name, and wrote: “When I first went to Hong Kong 25 years ago, I came as a lover of Hong Kong cinema, especially martial arts movies. I met my friend and colleague, Bey Logan, who is a walking encyclopaedia of that genre.”
In a written statement Logan gave to the Post in response to the initial accusations made earlier this week, he said: “Over the years of my adult life, I have made advances to women.
“Sometimes they were rebuffed and sometimes they were reciprocated. I have had a too-carefree attitude towards physical encounters with women. I have made inappropriate comments lightheartedly or after a few drinks.
“I now see I was wrong and I have made mistakes for which I can’t forgive myself, and must live with them. I regret that any action I might have taken could have caused distress to anyone.”