Surprisingly, Weinstein has publicly defended child-rapist Roman Polanski.
His spokesman today refused to deny he was behind a smear campaign leaked to the press to try and discredit the woman.
Via NY Daily News
Movie mogul Harvey Weinstein is accused of groping a 22-year-old Italian model he met at the red-carpet premiere of his Radio City “New York Spring Spectacular.”
The model told cops that the Oscar-winning Hollywood producer sexually abused her after coaxing her to his Manhattan office on the pretext of talking business, sources told the Daily News.
The woman informed cops that Weinstein, a married 63-year-old father of five, groped her breasts and reached up her skirt around 6 p.m. Friday in his third-floor office at the Tribeca Film Center on Greenwich St., sources said.
“He asked if her breasts were real before touching them,” a police source said. “She asked him to stop, and he put his hand up her skirt. He asked for a kiss; she responded ‘No.’”
Once the model left Weinstein’s office, she called a friend and described what happened, another police source said. The friend took her to the 9th Precinct stationhouse in the East Village, and officers there drove her to the 1st Precinct station in Tribeca to report the incident.
“She really was very upset,” said a third police source.
Weinstein has been questioned by police. Sex-crime detectives for Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr. were expected to meet with the woman Monday to determine whether to file charges.[…]
NYPD Special Victims Squad detectives interviewed Weinstein on Saturday when he voluntarily met them at the 1st Precinct. During the interview, he asked to speak to his lawyer and was allowed to leave. […]
In September 2009, Weinstein spoke out against efforts to extradite director Roman Polanski from Switzerland to the U.S. to face 1977 charges of unlawful sexual intercourse with a 13-year-old. Polanski pleaded guilty to the charges before fleeing the country.
Weinstein, whose company had distributed a film about the Polanski case, questioned whether Polanski committed any crime.