Irish film producer Laura Madden has gone public on how Harvey Weinstein forced himself on her in a Dublin hotel.
Speaking on the Channel 4 documentary “Working with Weinstein,” Madden described her first meeting with the Miramax founder in a Dublin hotel.
He was filming “Into the West” a movie set in Ireland starring Gabriel Byrne and he promised Madden she could come work with him.
"I think my first introduction to him was going into his hotel room. I was surprised to see room service had been ordered, there was a bottle of champagne. He asked me to come and sit down, and he basically then told me what a wonderful job I was doing, and how he wanted me to work for him in London,” Madden said.
"This was exciting, this was great, this was going to be the next step. And it very quickly turned from a conversation about a profession to about him being tired and having traveled a long way and him wanting a massage.
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"I remember feeling quite shocked by this request, and him saying 'what's wrong with it? That's normal?' And I felt I was the one who was sexualizing it and I was the one who was making it a problem.
"I ended up being given a massage by him. He took my top off and started massaging me. I think all my clothes ended up coming off, and he was wearing a robe and masturbating. There were constant new requests. I remember going into the shower with him and at that point remember feeling completely out of my depth and horrified and crying."
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She recounted to Channel 4 in Britain how he then left her alone and she locked herself in the bathroom, before breaking down.
Weinstein later apologized to her and promised her it would never happen again.
"For the eight years that I worked there, it was always present. It just sat very uncomfortably. I felt like I had done something wrong. I felt more to blame than in a way he was, obviously, it was his problem. But I took... I felt responsible, and humiliated by it", she added.