Who Is Lauren Sivan? Harvey Weinstein Allegedly Masturbated In Front Of Reporter

Who Is Lauren Sivan? Harvey Weinstein Allegedly Masturbated In Front Of Reporter

Who Is Lauren Sivan? Harvey Weinstein Allegedly Masturbated In Front Of Reporter

Weinstein then asked her to "stand there and shut up" while he masturbated in front of her, leaving her stunned.

According to HuffPo, which broke the story on Saturday, Weinstein was at Ciprani, an Italian restaurant in New York City, about a decade ago.

Weinstein has been the subject of increasing controversy since the release of an explosive New York Times article that detailed accusations of sexual harassment from numerous women. After a while she was allowed entry and came across Sivan and Weinstein as they were exiting the kitchen area.

A friend of Sivan's who was interviewed for the article and who was there at Socialista on the night told HuffPo that she'd said to Sivan that if she didn't come back from her trip with Weinstein in 10 minutes, she'd come looking for her. She claims she once again pointed out that she was in a relationship and ended the call and all communication with Weinstein.

She described the incident to the Huffington Post. Weinstein has accused the TImes of "reckless reporting" but attorney Lisa Bloom, who has been advising Weinstein, confirmed that his behavior was sexual harassment.

The group then made their way to a Cuban-theme club and restaurant when Weinstein offered to take her on a private tour of the club's then-closed kitchen.

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Her friend, who was present at the restaurant, and several sources, who shared similar experiences with Weinstein and spoke on the condition of anonymity, corroborated several details in Sivan's story. Sivan noted to HuffPost that Weinstein's vehicle was "stocked full of cases of Diet Coke", which she said she found to be odd.

Actresses Ashley Judd and Jessica Hynes say he sexually harassed them. The security guard agreed to let the friend down to the cafe.

However, notes The Hill, the DNC got $300,000 from Weinstein over the years, but donated just $30,000 from the last campaign cycle to political action groups, not women's groups.

Sivan and her friend left just after the encounter, and both of them recalled Sivan discussing what had happened as soon as they left Socialista. She has not interacted with Weinstein since the incident in 2007.

Three members of The Weinstein Company board have quit and the married mogul, 65, is taking a leave of absence.

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