Fil-Italian model among women groped by Harvey Weinstein

Don Tagala, ABS-CBN North America News Bureau

Posted at Oct 12 2017 03:37 PM | Updated as of Oct 12 2017 06:43 PM

A Filipina model has emerged among the list of women accusing Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein of sexual assault.

In a story by the New Yorker on Tuesday, Filipino-Italian model Ambra Battilana Gutierrez was named among the many women who accused the film executive of sexual assault.

According to the New Yorker article, the former Miss Italy contestant met Weinstein in the show “New York Spring Spectacular” that he produced in New York in 2015.

Following that first meeting, then 22-year-old Gutierrez met Weinstein at his Tribeca office for a business meeting that turned into what appeared to be a sexual assault.

Gutierrez later reported to the NYPD Special Victims Division that Weinstein lunged at her, groped her breast and attempted to put his hand up her skirt while she protested.

After she backed off, Weinstein offered to give her a ticket to a Broadway show to meet her again that same evening.

But instead of going to the show, Gutierrez reported the incident to the police where it was later decided to wire her and attempt to extract a confession or incriminating statement from Weinstein, which they did.

But the investigation went nowhere after details of Gutierrez’s past appeared in tabloids, including her link to a bribery case against former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi.

The New Yorker reported that no charges were filed against Weinstein at that time after Gutierrez signed, in return for payment, a highly restrictive non-disclosure agreement with Weinstein that included an affidavit stating that the acts Weinstein admitted in the recording never happened.

The New Yorker also reported that Weinstein’s use of such settlements was reported by the New York Times and confirmed by numerous sources.

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