Harvey Weinstein boasted about the role sexual favours allegedly played in Charlize Theron and Salma Hayek's careers after an aspiring actress rejected a threesome request from the disgraced producer, a court has heard. Dawn Dunning took the witness stand in the fallen movie mogul's New York City trial on Wednesday 29Jan20 and recounted two meetings she had with Weinstein back in , when she was led to believe she was under casting consideration for three of his film projects. During the first encounter, at a hotel suite he had been using as an office, Dunning claims he put his hand up her skirt and briefly pushed his finger into her vagina, prompting her to stand up in shock and turn to leave. She told the jury Weinstein apologised and urged her not to "make a big deal of it", leading Dunning to give him "the benefit of the doubt" as she tried to "pretend it didn't happen". She agreed to meet with the filmmaker in another hotel suite a month later, when he allegedly proposed having a threesome with Dunning and his assistant in order to sign off on the three acting jobs. In her testimony, the now 40 year old recalls Weinstein, who was wearing an open bathrobe, flying into a rage.
Harvey Weinstein Is My Monster Too
Harvey Weinstein name-dropped Charlize Theron and Salma Hayek to sex assault accuser
Actress Salma Hayek says she was subjected to unwanted sexual advances by producer Harvey Weinstein, who allegedly threatened to kill her in a fit of rage when she turned him down. The producer has denied all allegations against him. She said she repeatedly said no to the producer's sexual advances over a number of years, at "hotel after hotel, location after location, where he would show up unexpectedly". Every refusal was met with his "Machiavellian rage," she said, and in one "attack of fury" he said: "I will kill you, don't think I can't," she claimed. Hayek say she was approached by reporters last fall about her experiences with Weinstein, but chose not to discuss them publicly because she thought she had made peace with her past.
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Harvey Weinstein was a passionate cinephile, a risk taker, a patron of talent in film, a loving father and a monster. This fall, I was approached by reporters, through different sources, including my dear friend Ashley Judd, to speak about an episode in my life that, although painful, I thought I had made peace with. I had brainwashed myself into thinking that it was over and that I had survived; I hid from the responsibility to speak out with the excuse that enough people were already involved in shining a light on my monster. In reality, I was trying to save myself the challenge of explaining several things to my loved ones: Why, when I had casually mentioned that I had been bullied like many others by Harvey , I had excluded a couple of details. And why, for so many years, we have been cordial to a man who hurt me so deeply.
Actress Salma Hayek said Wednesday that disgraced Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein threatened to shut down production of her dream movie, "Frida," unless "I agreed to do a sex scene with another woman. There was no room for negotiation. I had to say yes. Hayek, 51, said she was motivated to tell her harrowing story about the man she refers to as "my monster" by the flood of women who have come forward with accusations of sexual misconduct against Weinstein.