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These last weeks of October have been all about film executive Harvey Weinstein (pictured right), as well as the numerous claims of disgusting and despicable acts he has been accused of committing over a long period of time.
The allegations against Weinstein, 65, include $exual harassment, $exually deviant intimidation, lewd behavior, and even [email protected] According to the Daily Beast, an Italian model and actress has spoken to detectives with the Los Angeles Police Department.
The unnamed woman told criminal investigators that Weinstein forced himself upon her in February of 2013. In addition to reporting her case to law enforcement officers, the anonymous woman also conducted an emotional interview with the Los Angeles Times newspaper.
“Once [Weinstein entered my hotel room], he asked me questions about myself, but soon became very aggressive and demanding and kept asking to see me naked,” the woman said in her exclusive interview.
“He grabbed me by the hair and forced me to do something I did not want to do. He then dragged me to the bathroom and forcibly [email protected] me,” she continued.
Police have said that they are legitimately pursuing this case due to the fact that the statute of limitations have not expired.
A vast number of other women in Hollywood have also claimed Weinstein committed vulgar acts against them. This week, the face of a new accuser came forward with her story.
Actress Lupita Nyong’o (pictured left) wrote an opinion-editorial about her Weinstein ordeal, which was published earlier this week by the New York Times.
“Harvey led me into a bedroom — his bedroom — and announced that he wanted to give me a massage. I thought he was joking at first,” Nyong’o wrote.
“He was not. For the first time since I met him, I felt unsafe. I panicked a little and thought quickly to offer to give him one instead: It would allow me to be in control physically, to know exactly where his hands were at all times,” she continued.
The allegations against Weinstein are very serious and he has denied all of them. However, the unnamed Italian model and actress should also be commended for her courage.
It is not easy to report the traumatizing crime of $exual assault to police and prosecutors – but it is a step that must be taken if justice is to be served.