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Source: Harvey Weinstein Believes He Is A 'Martyr'

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After dozens of allegations of sexual harassment, film producer Harvey Weinstein has been reported to think of himself as a "martyr."

The report comes after explosive accusations of sexual harassment have led to a widespread outing of accused abusers in Hollywood and elsewhere. More than 80 women have reportedly said that Weinstein sexually harassed them, with allegations of incidents dating as far back as the 1970s, according to Daily Mail.

According to sources close to Weinstein, the producer has come to think of himself as a "martyr for social change" in the wake of the allegations.

"Harvey believes he is a savior," an insider reportedly told Page Six. The source added that the producer has told confidantes "that he was born to take the fall for his behavior in order to 'change the world.'"

The source then said that Weinstein is "resigned to his punishment" for the sake of change.

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A representative for Weinstein called the source's account "absurd," adding that "any allegations of nonconsensual sex are unequivocally denied by Mr. Weinstein."

Actress and director Asia Argento, who has also accused the producer of sexual misconduct, tweeted a list of dozens of women who have said they were victims of Weinstein's actions.

"This is the list of all the 82 women who were sexually assaulted/raped/molested by #HarveyWeinstein," tweeted Argento. "We, the victims, have compiled this list."

"I want to do my part to help bring this to light so it doesn't happen with other people in Hollywood or anywhere else," said dancer Ashley Matthau, who said that Weinstein pushed her onto a bed and masturbated while straddling her in 2004.

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Actress Cynthia Burr said that in the 1970s, Weinstein unzipped his fly and forced her to perform oral sex on him in the hallway of a building in New York.

"I was fearful I didn't have the wherewithal to get away," said Burr.

"The way he forced me made me feel really bad about myself," the actress added. "What are you going to do when you are a girl just trying to make it as an actress? Nobody would have believed me."

"I'm really sad for everybody, but I'm really glad it's out in the open,"  added Burr. "I finally felt like I had a voice."

The allegations against Weinstein have opened a wider conversation about sexual harassment and assault within Hollywood and beyond it, with victims coming forward about their experiences on social media via the hashtag #MeToo.

On Oct. 29, actor Kevin Spacey was caught up in that conversation when actor Anthony Rapp alleged that Spacey had made unwanted sexual advances on him in 1986, when Spacey was 26 years old and Rapp was 14.

"I'm beyond horrified to hear his story," wrote Spacey in a statement posted to Twitter, in which he also came out as gay. "I honestly do not remember the encounter, it would have been over 30 years ago."

Spacey's statement continued: "But if I did behave then as he describes, I owe him the sincerest apology for what would have been deeply inappropriate drunken behavior, and I am sorry for the feelings he describes having carried with him all these years."

Sources: Daily Mail, Page Six, The New York Times / Featured Image: Thor/Flickr / Embedded Images: David Shankbone/Wikimedia Commons, Georges Biard/Wikimedia Commons

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