A former production assistant at the Weinstein Co.; Mimi Haleyi has charged the Hollywood entrepreneur of forcing himself on her. She has even accused him of an oral sexual assault while she was on her period. Both of these incidents date back to 2006.
On Tuesday, Haleyi spoke at a news conference in New York in the presence of her lawyer, Gloria Allred. Gloria is also a representative of Louisette Geiss and Heather Kerr, other accusers in the Weinstein case.
According to Haleyi, she met Weinstein in 2004 for the first time at the London premiere of “The Aviator”. She was 20-something then. In 2006, they bumped into each other at the Cannes Film Festival, where she raised her aspirations of working for his company. Weinstein invited her to talk about it in his hotel room, which she did one afternoon.
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On visiting Weinstein, she was persuaded into giving him a massage after “a few minutes of normal conversation,” she said. But she did not oblige and left.
“By that time I was crying, as I felt completely humiliated and stupid for having been excited about meeting with him,” Haleyi said.
Haleyi said Weinstein contacted her after this incident and she took up a job at one of the company’s television shows in the New York City. Weinstein then asked her to join him to Paris for work, soon after the job concluded.
“I declined, as this seemed like an invitation of a romantic nature,” she said. “He didn’t like that answer.”
He then showed up at her apartment in New York where he “physically forced himself in through the door, pleading with me to come to Paris,” Mimi said. She declined yet again.
When Weinstein returned from Paris, Haleyi met him at his Manhattan condo for she “wanted to maintain a good relationship with him,” she said.
After a few minutes of television, she said, “he was all over me, making sexual advances.”
“I said, ‘I am on my period. There is no way this is going to happen. Please stop.’ He wouldn’t take no for an answer,” Haleyi said.
She claimed for Weinstein to have taken her to a room “which was not lit but looked like a kid’s bedroom with kids’ drawings on the wall,” she said.
“He held me on the bed, I tried to get him off me but … he was extremely persistent and physically overpowering,” she said. “He orally forced himself on me while I was on my period. He even pulled my tampon out. I was mortified. I was in disbelief and disgusted.”
Haleyi narrated how Weinstein rolled over on his back and asked: “Don’t you feel like we’re so much closer now?” She said she replied, ‘”No.”
Ever since the first incident of Weinstein’s harassment has surfaced, more and more women are standing up and speaking about the assault they’ve been through over the decade by the Hollywood mogul.
While Weinstein’s spokesperson gave a statement saying, “any allegations of non-consensual sex are unequivocally denied” by him, Allred said it was “a new low” for Weinstein.
Allred’s daughter, Lisa Bloom, had been one of Weinstein’s lawyers but dropped him as a client as soon as the allegations against him spiraled.
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