Harvey Weinstein allegedly was caught on audio aggressively asking a model to join him in a hotel bathroom, threatening to end their friendship if she doesn't comply and admitting to her that he touched her breast the previous day, according to a New Yorker expose of the Hollywood mogul.
Ronan Farrow's bombshell report published Tuesday said the 2015 secretly recorded audio was part of a New York Police Department sting operation. In the disturbing recording, Weinstein allegedly spoke with Filipina-Italian model Ambra Battilana Gutierrez, the New Yorker said — and as he allegedly pleaded with her over and over again to join him in a bathroom where he would take a shower, she continually refused.
Here's the clip:
After Gutierrez said his behavior is 'aggressive' and that the previous day he touched her breast, how did Weinstein allegedly respond?
- "I'm sorry ... I'm used to that ... I won't do it again."
What else did Weinstein allegedly say on the audio?
- "You must come in here now."
- "Go to the bathroom."
- "Don't embarrass me in the hotel; I'm here all the time."
- "Don't have a fight with me in the hallway."
- "I'm not gonna do anything. I swear on my children. Please, come in."
- "I'm a famous guy."
- "Five minutes. Don't ruin your friendship with me for five minutes."
- "Now go ... bye ... never call me again."
What else does the New Yorker article say?
Farrow added that during "a ten-month investigation, I was told by thirteen women that, between the nineteen-nineties and 2015, Weinstein sexually harassed or assaulted them."
In addition, Farrow said three women — among them Asia Argento, who's an Italian film actress and director, and a former aspiring actress named Lucia Evans — "told me that Weinstein raped them, allegations that include Weinstein forcibly performing or receiving oral sex and forcing vaginal sex. Four women said that they experienced unwanted touching that could be classified as an assault."
Sallie Hofmeister, a spokesperson for Weinstein, issued a statement in response to the New Yorker allegations. It reads in full, the magazine said:
Any allegations of non-consensual sex are unequivocally denied by Mr. Weinstein. Mr. Weinstein has further confirmed that there were never any acts of retaliation against any women for refusing his advances. Mr. Weinstein obviously can’t speak to anonymous allegations, but with respect to any women who have made allegations on the record, Mr. Weinstein believes that all of these relationships were consensual. Mr. Weinstein has begun counseling, has listened to the community and is pursuing a better path. Mr. Weinstein is hoping that, if he makes enough progress, he will be given a second chance.
You can read the entire New Yorker article here.