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Harvey Weinstein appears to confess to groping model in leaked audio recording

Film executive allegedly tells Ambra Battilana Gutierrez he 'won't do it again' after being accused of sexual assault

Tom Embury-Dennis
Wednesday 11 October 2017 13:55
Harvey Weinstein caught on tape pressurising model against her will

Disgraced film executive Harvey Weinstein has appeared to confess to sexual assault in a newly-released audio recording.

The 65-year-old is allegedly heard saying “I won’t do it again” after Ambra Battilana Gutierrez, a Filipina-Italian model, accuses him of groping her breast.

The footage was recorded by the New York Police Department after Ms Gutierrez filed a complaint alleging the businessman had sexually assaulted her during a meeting at his office, according to the New Yorker.

Supported by an undercover police operation, the former Miss Italy finalist wore a wire and recorded her conversation with whom the magazine alleges is Mr Weinstein the following day.

The meeting took place outside Mr Weinstein’s room in the Tribeca Grand hotel in New York, according to the report.

In the audio, a man who the magazine identifies as Mr Weinstein can be heard telling a woman reported to be Ms Gutierrez to “get in here”, before saying he will do “nothing” to her.

Ambra Battilana Gutierrez arriving at a court in Italy prior to the sentence of Italian former Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi for having sex with an underage prostitute

When the then 22-year-old says she wants to stay at the hotel bar, Mr Weinstein says: “I’m not doing anything with you, I promise”.

The movie mogul can later be heard warning Ms Gutierrez not to “embarrass” him.

When confronted by the model about why he had touched her breast the day before, the businessman apologises.

“Oh, please, I’m sorry, just come on in,” Mr Weinstein says. “I’m used to that. Come on. Please.”

“You’re used to that?” asks Ms Gutierrez.

“Yes. Come in, I won’t do it again, come on, sit here. Sit here for a minute, please?”

Ms Gutierrez refuses and leaves after Mr Weinstein tells her: “Don’t ruin your friendship with me over five minutes.”

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New York police questioned Mr Weinstein at the time of the alleged offence but no charges were filed.

Gossip outlets who investigated Ms Gutierrez after the accusations first emerged found she had once attended an infamous "Bunga Bunga" party hosted by Silvio Berlusconi.

She claimed she had been unaware of the sexual nature of the party before arriving, and eventually became a witness in a bribery case against the former Italian Prime Minister.

The New Yorker report also alleges three women, including actress and director Asia Argento, are accusing the producer of rape, including “allegations that include Weinstein forcibly performing or receiving oral sex and forcing vaginal sex”.

A spokesperson for Mr Weinstein said: “Any allegations of non-consensual sex are unequivocally denied by Mr Weinstein.”

Read the full transcript:

Weinstein: I'm telling you right now, get in here.

Gutierrez: What do we have to do here?

Weinstein: Nothing. I'm going to take a shower. You sit there and have a drink. Water.

Gutierrez: I don't drink.

Weinstein: Then have a glass of water.

Gutierrez: Can I stay on the bar?

Weinstein: No. You must come here now.

Gutierrez: No…

Weinstein: Please.

Gutierrez: No, I don't want to.

Weinstein: I'm not doing anything with you, I promise. Now you're embarrassing me.

Gutierrez: I know, I don't want to. I'm sorry, I cannot.

Weinstein: No, come in here.

Gutierrez: No, yesterday was kind of aggressive for me.

Weinstein: I know -

Gutierrez: I need to know a person to be touched.

Weinstein: I won't do a thing.

Gutierrez: I don't want to be touched.

Weinstein: I won't do a thing, please. I swear I won't. Just sit with me. Don't embarrass me in the hotel. I'm here all the time. Sit with me, I promise -

Gutierrez: I know, but I don't want to.

Weinstein: Please sit there. Please. One minute, I ask you.

Gutierrez: No, I can't.

Weinstein: Go to the bathroom.

Gutierrez: Please, I don't want to do something I don't want to.

Weinstein: Go to the bathroom… hey, come here. Listen to me -

Gutierrez: I want to go downstairs.

Weinstein: I’m not gonna do anything and you'll never see me again after this. OK? That's it. If you don't, if you embarrass me in this hotel where I'm staying -

Gutierrez: I'm not embarrassing you -

Weinstein: Just walk -

Gutierrez: It's just that I don't feel comfortable.

Weinstein: Honey, don't have a fight with me in the hallway.

Gutierrez: It's not nothing, it's -

Weinstein: Please. I'm not gonna do anything. I swear on my children. Please come in. On everything. I'm a famous guy.

Gutierrez: I'm, I'm feeling very uncomfortable right now.

Weinstein: Please come in now. And one minute. And if you wanna leave when the guy comes with my jacket, you can go.

Gutierrez: Why yesterday you touch my breast?

Weinstein: Oh, please. I'm sorry. Just come on in. I'm used to that.

Gutierrez: You're used to that?

Weinstein: Yes, come in.

Gutierrez: No, but I'm not used to that.

Weinstein: I won't do it again. Come on, sit here. Sit here for a minute, please?

Gutierrez: No, I don't want to.

Weinstein: If you do this now you will [unintelligible]. Now go. Bye. Never call me again. OK? I'm sorry, nice to have - I promise you I won't do anything.

Gutierrez: I know, but yesterday was too much for me.

Weinstein: The guy is coming. I will never do another thing to you. Five minutes. Don't ruin your friendship with me for five minutes.

Gutierrez: I know — but, it's kind of, like, it's too much for me. I can't.

Weinstein: Please, you're making a big scene here. Please.

Gutierrez: No, but I wanna leave.

Weinstein: OK, bye. Thank you.