At Cafe Socialista, Weinstein offered Sivan a tour, which she reluctantly accepted after telling a friend to come and get her if she wasn't back in "ten minutes".
The aforementioned friend, who needed to remain anonymous for HuffPo's article due to employer restrictions on talking to the press, had been trying to get downstairs to Sivan since 10 minutes had been up. Now, a former reporter for News 12 says that Weinstein essentially trapped her in a deserted NYC restaurant and masturbated in front of her.
The only way for Sivan, who was blocked by kitchen equipment, to exit the situation was to push past him and get to the hallway. His response, according to HuffPo, was "Well, can you just stand there and shut up". Sivan tweeted the interview on Friday, saying that she was lucky enough to not need a job or favor from Weinstein at the time of the incident.
By the time she headed toward the kitchen, Sivan and Weinstein had emerged, the friend said.
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When the two reached the kitchen, Weinstein oddly dismissed two staffers who were there cleaning up, then proceeded try to kiss Sivan.
Her friend, who was present at the restaurant, and several sources, who shared similar experiences with Weinstein and spoke on the condition of anonymity, corroborated several details in Sivan's story.
The Times managed break their story apparently thanks to some women who cooperated-like actress Ashley Judd who recounted a harrowing hotel room meeting with him-and access to settlements Weinstein's companies made with women.
Democratic lawmakers have rushed to distance themselves from the veteran Hollywood producer after a bombshell Times report this week revealed allegations that the Democratic mega-donor had spent decades sexually harassing women he worked with. "Let's just say they have an "inconsistent" relationship". "I'm not defending him in any sexual harassment cases - there aren't any sexual harassment cases".