A report published today by The New Yorker dove deeper into the Harvey Weinstein sexual assault allegations that have been infiltrating the media outlets recently. The report details stories of 13 women accusing Weinstein of rape and sexual misconduct. Additionally, 16 former and current employees of the Weinstein Company stated they knew of or witnessed unwanted sexual advances or contacts by Weinstein at company events.
An audio clip was released, captured by N.Y.P.D. during a sting operation, of Weinstein admitting to groping the breast of Ambra Battilana Gutierrez, a Filipina-Italian model. The audio was taken after Gutierrez reported the groping to the police. Detectives had Gutierrez arrange another meeting with Weinstein at the Tribeca Grand Hotel where she would record their interactions.
According to the audio, Gutierrez insisted on staying in the hallway, which aggravated Weinstein. She asked him why he grabbed her breast in which he replied, “Oh, please, I’m sorry, just come on in. I’m used to that. Come on. Please.” However, the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office dropped the investigation after two weeks.
The stories from the victims are all very similar. The women are invited to have a meeting with Weinstein at his hotel. When they arrive for the meeting, they are sent up to his room and greeted by him in a bathrobe, asked for massages or to watch him shower. Some of the women, including actress and director Asia Argento, reported Weinstein forcing oral sex on them.
One former employee, Emily Nestor, recalls Weinstein bragging to her that women throw themselves at him, that he “never had to do anything like Bill Cosby.”
It was common for Weinstein to use his powerful position as a scare tactic to keep his victims silent. This was a complete abuse of power and it is very brave of all these women to tell their stories.
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