Angie Everhart is just one of the women who claimed Harvey Weinstein once masturbated in front of her and forced her to watch. Doctors explain to HollywoodLife.com the potential motive[s] behind Weinstein’s alleged disturbing actions.
In wake of the Harvey Weinstein, 65, scandal, actress, Angie Everhart, 48, came forward to share her own harrowing experience with the former Hollywood producer. Angie claimed Weinstein broke into a room where she was staying on a yacht and masturbated in front of her, while he blocked the door so she could not leave. She told TMZ that the incident occured over a decade ago at the Venice Film Festival and that Weinstein told her not to tell anyone. HollywoodLife.com called on multiple doctors and experts who specialize in sexual health to answer the heavily asked question — Why do sexual harassers, such as the alleged former producer, choose this particular abuse method?
“These men are using their influence and power to coerce,” Dr. Jenn Berman, a sexual health expert and co-host of The Doctors explained. “It’s possible that the men who are masturbating in front of their victims feel that, because they aren’t physically violating them, they are controlling their more violent behavior and aren’t raping them.”
Next, we spoke with Clinical Sexologist, Lawrence Siegel, who had a similar response to Berman’s explanation. However, Siegel noted that harassers tend to believe that pleasuring themselves in front of their chosen victim[s] is a gift the victim[s]. “These men are narcissists, so many men don’t consider their actions abusive,” Siegel began. “It’s more likely they consider their actions a gift that they can’t imagine anyone not wanting to receive. Of course, all they really do is exploit women and take advantage of whatever power they may wield over them without a care about the impact,” Siegel said.
As you may know, Angie is one of the many actresses, including Angelina Jolie, 42, Gwyneth Paltrow, 45, and Cara Delevingne, 25, who spoke up about their alleged inappropriate experiences with Weinstein throughout their careers. A pattern with the many claims of sexual harassment has been that the alleged victims were fearful of speaking up because of Weinstein’s elite position in the film industry.
Shortly after more than 40 women came forward, the hashtag #MeToo began trending on Twitter, Oct. 15. The topic was supported by actress Alyssa Milano, 44, who encouraged women to come forward with their own experiences of sexual harassment in solidarity. “Me too. If all the women who have been sexually harassed or assaulted wrote ‘Me Too.’ as a status, we might give people a sense of the magnitude of the problem,” Alyssa wrote. The actress is friends and former Charmed co-stars with Rose McGowan, 44, who was one of the first women to speak out against Weinstein.
Following the numerous, disturbing allegations, Weinstein has since been removed from his film company. And, The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, voted to “immediately expel,” him on Oct. 14. Just before that, Weinstein’s wife, Marchesa designer, Georgina Chapman, 41, announced on Oct. 10 that she was leaving him. Weinstein has since sought help and retreated to Europe for sex addiction rehab, according to reports.
If you have experienced sexual violence and are in need of crisis support, please call the RAINN Sexual Assault Hotline at 1-800-656-HOPE (4673).
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