Shock Audio: Harvey Weinstein Admits to Assaulting Italian Model Ambra GutierrezChris Menahan
Oct. 10, 2017
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The New Yorker released a bombshell undercover audio recording Tuesday of top Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein admitting to sexually assaulting Italian model Ambra Gutierrez.
The recording was taken as part of an undercover string by the NYPD in 2015. Weinstein can be heard demanding Gutierrez enter his room at the Tribeca Grand Hotel against her wishes.
Weinstein is heard admitting to being "used to" groping women while bragging about the actresses he's helped reach fame.Though police had the audio and more, New York County District Attorney Cyrus Vance, Jr. dropped the case.
As Farrow reports:
The D.A.’s office declined to comment on this story but pointed me to its statement at the time: “This case was taken seriously from the outset, with a thorough investigation conducted by our Sex Crimes Unit. After analyzing the available evidence, including multiple interviews with both parties, a criminal charge is not supported.”Weinstein's lawyer later gave Vance, Jr. a $10,000 donation.
Farrow's full piece also describes how three women, including actress Asia Argento, say Weinstein raped them:
Three women—among them Argento 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. In an audio recording captured during a New York Police Department sting operation in 2015 and made public here for the first time, Weinstein admits to groping a Filipina-Italian model named Ambra Battilana Gutierrez, describing it as behavior he is “used to.” Four of the women I interviewed cited encounters in which Weinstein exposed himself or masturbated in front of them.Weinstein also engaged in gangster-like, threatening behavior:
Virtually all of the people I spoke with told me that they were frightened of retaliation. “If Harvey were to discover my identity, I’m worried that he could ruin my life,” one former employee told me. Many said that they had seen Weinstein’s associates confront and intimidate those who crossed him, and feared that they would be similarly targeted. Four actresses, including Mira Sorvino and Rosanna Arquette, told me they suspected that, after they rejected Weinstein’s advances or complained about them to company representatives, Weinstein had them removed from projects or dissuaded people from hiring them. Multiple sources said that Weinstein frequently bragged about planting items in media outlets about those who spoke against him; these sources feared that they might be similarly targeted. Several pointed to Gutierrez’s case, in 2015: after she went to the police, negative items discussing her sexual history and impugning her credibility began rapidly appearing in New York gossip pages. (In the taped conversation with Gutierrez, Weinstein asks her to join him for “five minutes,” and warns, “Don’t ruin your friendship with me for five minutes.”)Read Farrow's full piece in The New Yorker.
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