A woman came forward on Tuesday with shocking allegations of sexual assault against Harvey Weinstein that she says occurred in 2006. She is the fourth woman in recent weeks to accuse the disgraced movie mogul of sexual assault amid a spate of reports of sexual harassment and settlements with accusers that Weinstein has reached. Mimi Haleyi, who once worked as a production assistant on a TV show produced by Weinstein, held a press conference alongside her lawyer, Gloria Allred, in New York City on Tuesday.
Haleyi recalled in graphic detail an alleged 2006 incident at the movie producer’s Manhattan home. “It was not long before he was all over me making sexual advances. I told him, ‘No, no, no,’ but he insisted,” she told a gathering of reporters. Then, Haleyi, who was in her twenties at the time, continued recounting the shocking allegations. “He wouldn’t take no for an answer and backed me into a room which was not lit, but looked like a kids’ bedroom with kids’ drawings on the walls. He held me down on the bed. I tried to get him off me and kept asking him to stop, but it was impossible. He was extremely persistent and physically overpowering.”
She said Weinstein “then orally forced himself on me while I was on my period. He even pulled my tampon out,” Haleyi said. “I was mortified.” Haleyi’s accusations echo the alleged M.O. used by Weinstein and reported by several other women who have come forward with claims against Weinstein, including Italian actress Asia Argento, who alleged Weinstein forcibly performed oral sex on her during an incident that occurred when she was 21 years old. Argento fled Italy last week after she was widely criticized by both men and women in her country for speaking out publicly against Weinstein.
Weinstein denied Haleyi’s accusations in a statement through a representative. “Any allegations of non-consensual sex are unequivocally denied by Mr. Weinstein,” the statement said. Sexual assault allegations agains him are being investigated by detectives in Los Angeles, New York and London. Below, watch a portion of Haleyi’s press conference.
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