As expected when an avalanche of sexual assault claims come in your direction, Harvey Weinstein is keeping his head down.
The disgraced producer has been spotted in a not-so-effective disguise at a Phoenix restaurant on Thursday, TMZ reports.
The 65-year-old former film executive was wearing a blonde wig, orange make-up, and a baseball cap when he showed up with a male companion at Chestnut restaurant where he asked for a private room.
— Patricia Dempsey (@Patrici90883364) November 3, 2017
The only issue is that the ‘private’ room was made of glass so people in the restaurant could see him.
Weinstein’s hat was embroidered with 2:24. The 2:24 Bible verse reads:
But God raised him from the dead, freeing him from the agony of death, because it was impossible for death to keep its hold on him.
When I first started to work as an actress, i was working on a film and I received a call from Harvey Weinstein asking if I had slept with any of the women I was seen out with in the media. It was a very odd and uncomfortable call….i answered none of his questions and hurried off the phone but before I hung up, he said to me that If I was gay or decided to be with a woman especially in public that I'd never get the role of a straight woman or make it as an actress in Hollywood. A year or two later, I went to a meeting with him in the lobby of a hotel with a director about an upcoming film. The director left the meeting and Harvey asked me to stay and chat with him. As soon as we were alone he began to brag about all the actresses he had slept with and how he had made their careers and spoke about other inappropriate things of a sexual nature. He then invited me to his room. I quickly declined and asked his assistant if my car was outside. She said it wasn't and wouldn't be for a bit and I should go to his room. At that moment I felt very powerless and scared but didn't want to act that way hoping that I was wrong about the situation. When I arrived I was relieved to find another woman in his room and thought immediately I was safe. He asked us to kiss and she began some sort of advances upon his direction. I swiftly got up and asked him if he knew that I could sing. And I began to sing….i thought it would make the situation better….more professional….like an audition….i was so nervous. After singing I said again that I had to leave. He walked me to the door and stood in front of it and tried to kiss me on the lips. I stopped him and managed to get out of the room. I still got the part for the film and always thought that he gave it to me because of what happened. Since then I felt awful that I did the movie. I felt like I didn't deserve the part. I was so hesitant about speaking out….I didn't want to hurt his family. I felt guilty as if I did something wrong. I was also terrified that this sort of thing had happened to so many women I know but no one had said anything because of fear.
Harvey Weinstein has been staying in the Phoenix area where he completed a one-week outpatient rehab program and was reportedly receiving outpatient therapy.
The founder of Miramax, Weinstein was fired over allegations of sexual abuse, dating back throughout his career, which could land him five to 25 years in prison on sexual assault charges if tried in criminal court.
The New Yorker leaked audio of him asking a model to watch him shower in light of the Hollywood mogul’s history of sexual abuse against women that was reported by The New York Times.
— The New Yorker (@NewYorker) October 10, 2017
The news report exposes the moment Weinstein begs a Filipina-Italian model named Ambra Battilana Gutierrez, who was recording the meeting for a 2015 NYD sting operation, to come in his room and watch him shower.
He also confesses to groping her breast and saying ‘I’m used to that,’ saying he won’t do it again if she comes into the bathroom.
After numerous refusals, the producer eventually dismisses her.
To be clear what Harvey Weinstein did was a disgusting abuse of power and horrible. I hope we are now seeing the beginning of the end of these abuses.
— Mark Ruffalo (@MarkRuffalo) October 8, 2017
Weinstein has been accused of many incidents of gross sexual misconduct – including harassment, sexual assault and rape – by over 50 women.
The disgraced exec was fired from The Weinstein Company on Sunday following the exposé that revealed decades of sexual harassment allegations made against him by actresses.
The company’s board of directors announced his firing Sunday night in a statement marking the beginning of one of the biggest falls from grace Hollywood has ever seen.
In light of new information about misconduct by Harvey Weinstein that has emerged in the past few days, the directors of The Weinstein Company — Robert Weinstein, Lance Maerov, Richard Koenigsberg and Tarak Ben Ammar — have determined, and have informed Harvey Weinstein, that his employment with The Weinstein Company is terminated, effective immediately.
— erin ryan (@morninggloria) October 10, 2017
Weinstein’s statement in the New York Times described the different ‘culture’ in the Sixties and Seventies.
The first part of it read:
I came of age in the Sixties and Seventies, when all the rules about behaviour and workplaces were different. That was the culture then.
I have since learned it’s not an excuse, in the office – or out of it. To anyone. I realised some time ago that I needed to be a better person and my interactions with the people I work with have changed.
I appreciate the way I’ve behaved with colleagues in the past has caused a lot of pain, and I sincerely apologise for it.
Though I’m trying to do better, I know I have a long way to go. That is my commitment.
Since the first person came forward, countless actors and actresses have spoken out against him including Meryl Streep, George Clooney, Cara Delevigne, Blake Lively, Reese Witherspoon, and many others.
Now, and only now, with safety in numbers, have these strong women felt able to talk about the abuse they suffered, showing just how insipid and poisonous the nature of sexual abuse can be, at the hands of powerful people.
Channing Tatum also announced he’ll be stepping down from his directorial debut on Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock, as well as cutting all ties with The Weinstein Company.
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