A Russian TV host claims that she was sexually harassed by Harvey Weinstein more than a decade ago.
“This is Cinema” host Katya Mtsitouridze told The Hollywood Reporter Thursday that the disgraced Hollywood honcho propositioned her using the same tactics he allegedly pulled on countless other women who have accused him of sexual harassment and assault: a meeting in a hotel room, with a bathrobe and with a request for a massage.
Mtsitouridze says she first met Weinstein in 2003 at the Berlin film festival, where he approached her and asked for a lunchtime meeting in his hotel.
She declined, citing her boyfriend’s inevitable disapproval, but Weinstein struggled in taking no for an answer, and offered up his phone number.
She says Weinstein suggested she give him a massage while he was wearing a bathrobe.
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After meeting again at various times, their paths crossed once more in Venice in 2004, following a screening of “Finding Neverland.”
“He invited me to meet him in his room after the party, saying he had a great idea for working with contemporary Russian writers, reminding me that he was a publisher as well as a filmmaker,” she told THR.
Mtsitouridze turned him down, but suggested meeting the next day in a luxe — and very public — hotel café. When she arrived at the café, she was told by an assistant that Weinstein was unwell and had requested the meeting be moved to his hotel room.
“The assistant said that he would be joining us, so I went up,” she said, adding that once they went up, the assistant suddenly disappeared.
“I was frozen into immobility like a statue, because a well-known producer with whom I’ve come to discuss modern Russian writers, was in a bathrobe,” she said.
Mtsitouridze says that Weinstein then suggested she give him a massage, and attempted to show her his stomach in reference to a recent abdominal surgery.
Women who have accused Harvey Weinstein of sexual harassment and assault
“’You will love it. I’m a guru in this matter. You never met a man like me,’” Weinstein allegedly told her.
Eventually, she says a waiter burst into the room “like a scene from a bad movie,” carrying an ice bucket for champagne, and she took advantage of her opportunity to escape.
Mtsitouridze says she encountered Weinstein again years later, and he told her to “be a smart girl” and forget the incident had ever occurred.
“In Harvey’s case — and he is certainly one of the most famous producers in Hollywood — we have to understand that this does not give him the right to behave like this and he needs to take responsibility for his actions,” she said.
The disgraced Hollywood honcho propositioned Katya Mtsitouridze using the same tactics he allegedly pulled on countless other women.
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Mtsitouridze joins the more than 40 other women who have come forward with allegations of sexual assault, sexual harassment and rape against Weinstein in the wake of two shocking exposes published by the New York Times and the New Yorker.
Weinstein — who resigned from The Weinstein Company and was ousted from the Academy — has denied any allegations of nonconsensual sex.