Harvey Weinstein once cornered a former Fox News reporter and masturbated in front of her at a Manhattan nightclub, according to a report Friday.
Lauren Sivan met with Weinstein and several others at the upscale Italian eatery Cipriani in 2007 before the group headed to the since-shuttered Cuban club Socialista in the Meatpacking District, HuffPost reported.
Under the guise of giving Sivan a tour of the club’s restaurant, Weinstein separated Sivan from her friends, dismissed two staffers who were cleaning up in the kitchen, and cornered her in a secluded area.
Sivan, 39, told HuffPost she felt trapped as the film producer blocked her into a vestibule near the club’s kitchen.
When Weinstein attempted to kiss her, she rejected him and told him she was in a relationship.
Harvey Weinstein, seen leaving his West Village apartment Friday morning, attempted to kiss Sivan at shuttered Cuban club Socialista in Manhattan.
“Well, can you just stand there and shut up,” he allegedly responded.
Weinstein proceeded to expose himself and masturbate, before he quickly ejaculated into a potted plant, according to Sivan, who said she was shocked and at a loss for how to respond.
“Yeah. This happened. luckily I didn’t need a job or favor from him + didn’t have to be polite. Others did. Keep that in mind,” Sivan tweeted Friday evening.
Sivan worked at News 12 Long Island at the time of the incident and is now employed at a Fox affiliate in California.
She said Weinstein called her office the next day to tell her he “had a great time last night” and offered to meet up after he returned from a trip abroad.
Sivan turned him down, reminding him again that she was in a relationship, and has not had any contact with him since, she said.
The movie mogul is on indefinite leave from his own production company after a slew of sexual assault and harassment allegations have surfaced.
Sivan’s claims come one day after The New York Times published a report about Weinstein’s alleged past as a serial sexual predator.
Weinstein reached confidential settlements with at least eight women including actress Rose McGowan in 1997 and Italian model Ambra Battilana in 2015, The Times reported.
A third of the nine board members of the Weinstein Co. resigned, according to the Times on Friday.
The remaining members issued a statement saying an internal internal investigation would be launched.
“Next steps will depend on Harvey’s therapeutic progress, the outcome of the Board’s independent investigation and Harvey’s own personal decisions,” the statement read.
With Jessica Chia