Harvey Weinstein name-dropped Charlize Theron and Salma Hayek when he allegedly pressured a woman into having a threesome

2020-01-30 14:08
 
Harvey Weinstein

Cape Town – Harvey Weinstein mentioned both Charlize Theron and Salma Hayek during an incident in which he allegedly pressured a woman into having a threesome.

According to the Independent, on Wednesday, Dawn Dunning took the stand. The aspiring actor alleged Weinstein groped her and demanded sex in exchange for movie roles. It all started when Harvey led her into a bedroom, they sat on a bed, and he put his hand up her skirt.

"I stood up. I was in shock. He just started talking really fast. He said, 'Don’t make a big deal about this. It will never happen again.'"

Dunning said she decided to give him "the benefit of the doubt" but when she was supposed to meet up with him again at a cigar bar, an assistant took her to a suite. The disgraced director was standing in a bathrobe.

Dunning claims Weinstein offered her three movie roles. In exchange, she would need to have "a threesome with his assistant".

When she refused, she recalls Weinstein screaming and saying, "'You’ll never make in this business. This is how the industry works.'"

"He was a big guy; he was towering over me. I was really scared," Dunning told the court.

To convince her to go through with it, Dunning claims Weinstein dropped Charlize Theron and Salma Hayek’s names, implying if she wanted a career like them, she’d have to do as she’s told.

Earlier in January, Theron and Hayek were named as potential witnesses to testify against Weinstein. Gigi Hadid was recently called as a potential juror in the ongoing trial.

Though Weinstein reached a $25 million settlement last year, he is currently appearing in court in Manhattan for two more criminal cases for allegedly performing oral sex on a woman in 2006 and raping a woman in 2013.

He has denied all allegations.

If found guilty, he could be sentenced to life in prison.

READ OUR FULL EXPLAINER HERE: As Harvey Weinstein gets his day in court two more criminal cases are made against him

Compiled by Bashiera Parker (Sources: Channel24, Independent, The New York Times)

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