Fil-Italian model-actress dragged into Harvey Weinstein sex allegations

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A 2015 recording of a conversation between Harvey Weinstein and Fil-Italian model Ambra Gutierrez surfaces amid sex allegations against the film producer.


Bukod sa Hollywood A-listers na sina Angelina Jolie at Gwyneth Paltrow—na sangkot sa sexual harassment na ibinibintang sa powerful at influential American producer na si Harvey Weinstein—nasa sentro rin ng eskandalo ang 24-year old Filipina-Italian model/actress na si Ambra Batillana Gutierrez.

Si Weinstein, 65, ang co-founder ng Miramax, kilalang kumpanya na nagpoprodyus at nagdi-distribute ng mga pelikula at TV shows sa Amerika.

Kabilang sa mga iprinodyus niya ay ang ang mga sumusunod na award-winning films: Sex, Lies, and Videotape, The English Patient, Pulp Fiction, The Crying Game, Shakespeare in Love, at The King’s Speech.

Kilala rin siya bilang fund-raiser para sa Democratic Party candidates, kabilang na sina Barack Obama at Hillary Clinton.

Laman ng balita ngayon, sa loob at labas ng Amerika, ang paglitaw ng mga kuwento ng mga kababaihan tungkol sa sexual harassment at assault na naranasan nila mula sa powerful at influential film executive.

Ang journalist/lawyer at television host na si Ronan Farrow, anak ng aktres na si Mia Farrow at ng direktor na si Woody Allen, ang naglabas sa The New Yorker ng exposé sa mga sexual harassment at assault na ibinibintang kay Weinstein.

Sa lahat ng mga kababaihang biktima ng pang-aabuso ni Weinstein, itinuturing na pinakamabigat at credible ang testimonya ng Fil-Italian na si Gutierrez dahil may ebidensya siya laban sa film executive.

Ito ay ang recording ng pag-uusap nila noong  March 2015, na naisakatuparan sa pamamagitan ng tulong ng New York Police Department.

Ang The New Yorker, ayon sa deskripsiyon ng Wikipedia, ay "American magazine of reportage, commentary, criticism, essays, fiction, satire, cartoons, and poetry."

Ito ang bahagi ng exposé ni Farrow sa The New Yorker tungkol sa pagkakasangkot ni Gutierrez sa pinakamalaki at pinag-uusapang balita ngayon sa Amerika:

In March, 2015, Ambra Battilana Gutierrez, who was once a finalist in the Miss Italy contest, met Harvey Weinstein at a reception for “New York Spring Spectacular,” a show that he was producing at Radio City Music Hall. Weinstein introduced himself to Gutierrez, who was twenty-two, remarking repeatedly that she looked like the actress Mila Kunis.

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Following the event, Gutierrez’s agency e-mailed to say that Weinstein wanted to set up a business meeting as soon as possible. Gutierrez arrived at Weinstein’s office in Tribeca early the next evening with her modelling portfolio.

In the office, she sat with Weinstein on a couch to review the portfolio, and he began staring at her breasts, asking if they were real. Gutierrez later told officers of the New York Police Department Special Victims Division that Weinstein then lunged at her, groping her breasts and attempting to put a hand up her skirt while she protested. He finally backed off and told her that his assistant would give her tickets to “Finding Neverland,” a Broadway musical that he was producing. He said that he would meet her at the show that evening.

Instead of going to the show that night, Gutierrez went to the nearest N.Y.P.D. precinct station and reported the assault. Weinstein telephoned her later that evening, annoyed that she had failed to appear at the show.

She picked up the call while sitting with investigators from the Special Victims Division, who listened in on the call and devised a plan: Gutierrez would agree to see the show the following day and then meet with Weinstein. She would wear a wire and attempt to extract a confession or incriminating statement.

The next day, Gutierrez met Weinstein at the bar of the Tribeca Grand Hotel. A team of undercover officers helped guide her through the interaction. On the recording, which I have heard in full, Weinstein lists actresses whose careers he has helped and offers Gutierrez the services of a dialect coach.

Then he presses her to join him in his hotel room while he showers. Gutierrez says no repeatedly; Weinstein persists, and after a while she accedes to his demand to go upstairs. But, standing in the hallway outside his room, she refuses to go farther. In an increasingly tense exchange, he presses her to enter. Gutierrez says, “I don’t want to,” “I want to leave,” and “I want to go downstairs.” She asks him directly why he groped her breasts the day before.

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“Oh, please, I’m sorry, just come on in,” Weinstein says. “I’m used to that. Come on. Please.”

“You’re used to that?” Gutierrez asks, sounding incredulous.

“Yes,” Weinstein says. He later adds, “I won’t do it again.”

After almost two minutes of back-and-forth in the hallway, Weinstein finally agrees to let her leave.

Pagkatapos magsilabasan ang mga testimonya laban kay Weinstein, tinanggal na siya sa puwesto sa sarili niyang kumpanya.

THE RECORDING. Ito ang recording ng pag-uusap nina Gutierrez at Weinstein na inilabas sa Facebeook page ng Vanity Fair:


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