HOLLYWOOD – Harvey Weinstein sobbed in front of his employees and said he is “not that guy” when sexual assault and rape allegations began to emerge, according to a Thursday report.
Weinstein reportedly denied the accusations to members of his staff following the first bombshell article on the producer’s harassment charges, and sobbed “I’m not that guy. I’m not that guy,”the New Yorker reported. However, Weinstein did not think much of the story and believed that a majority of people would not even read it, he allegedly told an assistant who quit later that day.
After the second story came out with rape accusations and audio of Weinstein groping model Ambra Battilana Gutierrez, Weinstein’s employees feared that this would hurt their careers.
“Some of the stories were within the time frame of people who still worked there,” said one unnamed staffer.
“At the time, you didn’t know this was happening. What you knew was that he was a bully, a screamer, a yeller, a thrower, a pig — not that he was a rapist,” a female worker added, saying that a former assistant had told her not to take the job since “you will see things you will never be able to unsee, and you will do things you will never forgive yourself for.”
Some “select members of The Weinstein Company Staff” released another statement to the New Yorker Thursday, asking that the Weinstein Company release them from their non-disclosure agreements immediately so that they could “speak openly” about Weinstein.
“We knew that our boss could be manipulative. We did not know that he used his power to systematically assault and silence women. We had an idea that he was a womanizer who had extra-marital affairs. We did not know he was a violent aggressor and alleged rapist,” the employees wrote.
Weinstein currently has more than 40 women pressing sexual assault and rape allegations against him. Kenyan-Mexican actress Lupita Nyong’o is the latest woman to accuse Weinstein of sexual harassment.
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