Harvey Weinstein admits to groping a non-consenting woman, pressures her repeatedly to come inside his hotel room as he showers, and threatens to cut ties with her after she declines in an explosive audio recording captured during an NYPD sting operation.
A voice allegedly belonging to the embattled filmmaker can be heard seemingly admitting to touching the breast of Filipina-Italian model Ambra Battilana Gutierrez a day earlier as he urges her over and over to stay with him as he goes inside to shower, audio published Tuesday by The New Yorker reveals.
“I’m telling you right now, get in here,” Weinstein allegedly says in the nearly two-minute recording. “I’m gonna take a shower, you sit there and have a drink.”
Gutierrez, clearly uncomfortable, continually rebuffs him and eventually references him touching her inappropriately without her permission a day earlier.
“No, yesterday was kind of aggressive for me,” she says. “I need to know a person to be touched. I don’t want to be touched.”
After a bit more back-and-forth, she asks “why yesterday you touch my breast?” — to which Weinstein replies, “Oh please, I’m sorry, just come on in. I’m used to that.”
The repeated rebuffs by Gutierrez lead Weinstein — who begs her not to “embarrass” him at the hotel where he’s a regular — to issue an ultimatum.
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Early on in in the audio, he says, “You’ll never see me again after this. Ok? That’s it.”
He later adds: “I will never do another thing to you. Five minutes. Don’t ruin your friendship with me for five minutes.”
Weinstein, 65, and Gutierrez, who was 22 at the time, reportedly met in March 2015 when she took part in the “New York Spring Spectacular” at Radio City Music Hall — a show produced by Weinstein.
Weinstein then set up a meeting with Gutierrez the next day at his office in Tribeca to go over her modeling portfolio, during which he asked her if her breasts were real as he stared at them, The New Yorker reports. She reportedly went to police that night to tell them Weinstein touched her breasts and attempted to put his hand up her skirt, and the next day authorities had her meet up with him again while wearing a wire.
The recorded conversation, which was released for the first time Tuesday, took place at the Tribeca Grand Hotel the day after her meeting at Weinstein’s office, according to the magazine.
They first met at the bar inside the venue, before Weinstein began attempting to get her to go inside his room, the report stated.
NYPD spokesman Deputy Commissioner Stephen David released a statement Tuesday night acknowledging the sting and that the sex assault probe was carried out by the Special Victims Unit using “well established investigative techniques.”
“The recorded conversation with the subject corroborates the acts that were the basis for the victim’s complaint to the police a day earlier,” Davis wrote.
The NYPD’s defense of its operation came hours after a statement from Manhattan Chief Assistant District Attorney Karen Friedman-Agnifilo seemed to place the blame on the department for botching the investigation and failing to prosecute Weinstein.
“The NYPD — without our knowledge or input — arranged a controlled call and meeting between the complainant and Mr. Weinstein,” her statement, obtained by The Wrap, read. “The seasoned prosecutors in our Sex Crimes Unit were not afforded the opportunity before the meeting to counsel investigators on what was necessary to capture in order to prove a misdemeanor crime.”
The audio recording was part of a larger exposé by The New Yorker in which three women accused Weinstein of rape.
Weinstein was accused last week of making unwanted sexual advances toward multiple women, including actress Ashley Judd, over the past three decades in a bombshell report by The New York Times. Additional women have since come forward with sexual harassment allegations against the Miramax co-founder.
Weinstein was fired Sunday by the board of directors of his production company, The Weinstein Company, amid the scandal.