Model Ambra Battilana Gutierrez – who was vilified for going to the authorities with sexual assault charges against Harvey Weinstein in 2015 – now feels vindicated.
Sources close to the 24-year-old beauty say the dozens of brave women now sharing their stories of gross encounters with Weinstein have nearly helped Gutierrez forget how she was treated by mainstream and tabloid media, as well as the district attorney’s office. She got smeared for speaking up against the movie mogul when he allegedly groped her in his Tribeca office.
“All she wanted to do was tell the truth,” said a source close to Gutierrez, who attended the Tao Group’s “Making Strides Against Breast Cancer” fund-raiser on the Upper West Side on Sunday.
Disgraced movie mogul Harvey Weinstein got the benefit of the doubt in 2015, when an unknown model accused him of sexual assault.
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While Gutierrez reportedly signed a nondisclosure agreement with Weinstein after the district attorney’s office decided not to press criminal charges in 2015, she now has a publicist and is weighing her options. She’s also shopping a script based on her life story and will fly from New York to Los Angeles on Tuesday to take meetings.
In March 2015, the New York Post routinely ran stories undermining her claims with headlines like “Secret life of Harvey’s shy accuser.” They also ran a cover story based on anonymous sources claiming she’d asked the perv producer for a movie role.
“For months I didn’t work,” Gutierrez recalled to Italy’s La Repubblica newspaper last week. “Even restaurants in SoHo where the fashion world hang out closed their doors to me. I was unwelcome.”
Now, we’re told that area clubs have reached out to friends of Gutierrez asking if they can persuade her to visit their venues.
Women who have accused Harvey Weinstein of sexual harassment and assault
“She’s not interested,” we’re told. “She doesn’t even drink.”
Our insider said that Gutierrez was pleased to see The New York Times’ Monday story on the DA’s controversial decision not to charge Weinstein in 2015. But we’re told that she and her friends also remember how on April 2, at the height of her troubles, The Times ran a softball story about Weinstein’s play “Finding Neverland” that dismissed her situation as an “accusation that he had behaved inappropriately with a woman,” followed by Weinstein’s flack confidently stating his client would be “fully vindicated.” The next day, The Times followed with a Q&A called “What Harvey Weinstein Learned in ‘Neverland,’” in which Weinstein waxed poetic about his love for musical theater.
Model Ambra Battilana Gutierrez is reportedly shopping a script based on her life story and will fly from New York to Los Angeles on Tuesday to take meetings.
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By contrast, on April 2, the Daily News ran a screaming headline stating that “Harvey Weinstein didn’t deny groping Ambra Battilana in telephone call set up by NYPD.” That story was followed by a next-day headline that read “Harvey Weinstein seemingly confirms physical contact with Ambra Battilana in police-monitored phone call, source says.”
“The Times did a nice job, thank you, but she wants to know where everyone was in 2015,” said our source. “She says you guys (The News) were the only ones who took her seriously.”
Gutierrez could not be reached for comment.
With Brian Niemietz