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New audio reveals Harvey Weinstein propositioning a model as she desperately tries to leave

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“Now you’re embarrassing me,” Weinstein is heard telling the 22-year-old on the tape.
By Elisabeth Ponsot
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Less than a week after a New York Times investigation disclosed decades of indecent and allegedly criminal conduct by Harvey Weinstein, and just three days after he was fired from his own company amid the fallout, new audio has emerged of the famed movie producer trying to coerce model Ambra Battilana Gutierrez to go into his hotel room with him in 2015.

In a recording published by the New Yorker, Weinstein is heard pleading with a reluctant Gutierrez, then 22, to stay with him, and admitting to groping her in a previous incident.

Here is part of the exchange, as heard in a video posted on the New Yorker website (paywall).

Weinstein: I’m telling you right now, get in here.
Gutierrez: What do we have to do here?
Weinstein: Nothing. I’m gonna take a shower, you sit there and have a drink. Water.
Gutierrez: I don’t drink.
Weinstein: Then have a glass of water.
Gutierrez: Can I stay on the bar?
Weinstein: No. You must come here now.
Gutierrez: No…
Weinstein: Please?
Gutierrez: No, I don’t want to.
Weinstein: I’m not doing anything with you, I promise. Now you’re embarrassing me.
Gutierrez: I know, I don’t want to. I’m sorry. I cannot.
Weinstein: No, come in here.
Gutierrez: No, yesterday was kind of aggressive for me.
Weinstein: I know.
Gutierrez: I need to know a person to be touched.
Weinstein: I won’t do a thing.
Gutierrez: I don’t want to be touched.
Weinstein: I swear I won’t, just sit with me. Don’t embarrass me in the hotel. I’m here all the time.
Gutierrez: I know, but I don’t want to.
Weinstein: Sit with me, I promise—Please sit there. Please. One minute, I ask you.
Gutierrez: No, I can’t.
Weinstein: Go to the bathroom.
Gutierrez: Please, I don’t want to do something I don’t want to do.
Weinstein: Go to the bath—hey, come here. Listen to me.
Gutierrez: I want to go downstairs.
Weinstein: I’m not gonna do anything, you’ll never see me again after this. Ok? That’s it. If you embarrass me in this hotel, where I’m staying at—
Gutierrez: I’m not embarrassing you.
Weinstein: Just walk—
Gutierrez: It’s just that I don’t, I don’t feel comfortable.
Weinstein: Honey, don’t have a fight with me in the hallway.
Gutierrez: It’s not nothing, it’s—
Weinstein: Please, I’m not gonna do anything. I swear on my children. Please come in. On everything, I’m a famous guy.
Gutierrez: I’m feeling very uncomfortable right now.
Weinstein: Please come in now. And one minute. And if you wanna leave, when the guy comes with my jacket you can go.
Gutierrez: Why yesterday you touch my breast?
Weinstein: Oh, please I’m sorry just come in. I’m used to that.
Gutierrez: You’re used to that?
Weinstein: Yes, come in.

Gutierrez went public with her claims against Weinstein in 2015. According to an account in the Daily Beast, she told police that Weinstein invited her to his office for a business meeting, and then asked if her breasts were real before touching them.

“We are cooperating fully with the authorities and are confident that we will be fully vindicated. We will have no further comment,” a spokesman for Weinstein said then.

The audio published by the New Yorker was from a New York Police department sting operation conducted in response to Gutierrez’s claims. Weinstein was never charged with a crime.

Weinstein’s attorney, David Boies, made a $10,000 donation to Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance’s campaign after he declined to file sexual assault charges against Weinstein, the International Business Times reported.

Today, the actors Gwyneth Paltrow and Angelina Jolie joined the list of accusers who say Weinstein harassed them.

“I had a bad experience with Harvey Weinstein in my youth, and as a result, chose never to work with him again and warn others when they did,” Jolie told the Times. “This behavior towards women in any field, any country, is unacceptable.”


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