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Updated: 11/10/17 : 07:51:20

World :: More actresses claim to be victims of Weinstein

Angelina Jolie and Gwyneth Paltrow are the latest actresses to allege they were victims of sexual harassment by Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein.

Both said the incidents happened early in their careers.

They join a string of actresses accusing Weinstein of harassment. On Tuesday he also denied allegations of rape made in The New Yorker magazine.

Weinstein's wife, designer Georgina Chapman, said on Tuesday that she was leaving him.

"My heart breaks for all the women who have suffered tremendous pain because of these unforgivable actions," the 41-year-old told People magazine. London-born Chapman, co-founder of fashion label Marchesa, and Weinstein, 65, have two children together.

The mogul has also been fired over the allegations by his Hollywood studio The Weinstein Company.

Ex-President Barack Obama and his wife Michelle have added their voice to growing demonstrations of public outrage. Their eldest daughter Malia worked as an intern at The Weinstein Company in New York earlier this year.

A statement released by the Obamas says they "have been disgusted by the recent reports about Harvey Weinstein".

It adds they "celebrate the courage of women who have come forward".

Also on Tuesday, Paltrow and Jolie both sent statements to the New York Times, which first reported allegations against him last week.

Jolie said in an email: "I had a bad experience with Harvey Weinstein in my youth, and as a result, chose never to work with him again and warn others when they did.

"This behaviour towards women in any field, any country is unacceptable."

In a statement, Paltrow alleged that, after Weinstein cast her in the leading role in Emma, he summoned her to his hotel suite, where he placed his hands on her and suggested massages in his bedroom.

"I was a kid, I was signed up, I was petrified," she told the newspaper.

She said she told her then-boyfriend Brad Pitt about the incident, and said he confronted Weinstein.

"I thought he was going to fire me," she said.

The separate New Yorker report says that 16 former and current employees at Weinstein's companies told the magazine "they witnessed or had knowledge of unwanted sexual advances and touching at events associated with Weinstein's films and in the workplace".

The magazine quotes Italian actress and director Asia Argento and Lucia Stoller, now Lucia Evans - who says she was an aspiring actress when Weinstein allegedly approached her in 2004. Both say they were forced into sexual acts by the producer.

A third woman, who did not want to be named, said Weinstein had "forced himself on me sexually".

Argento said she has not spoken until now because she feared it would ruin her career to do so.

"That's why this story - in my case, it's 20 years old, some of them are old - has never come out," she told the New Yorker.