New Zealand model Zoë Brock has come forward to say that movie mogul Harvey Weinstein harassed and intimidated her when she was 23 years old.
The Guardian reports that Brock has accused Weinstein of removing his clothes and asking for a massage during the Cannes Film Festival 20 years ago, after she joined him for an afterparty at his hotel room that had much fewer guests that she anticipated. The handful of additional people who were in the group following an industry dinner left shortly after she arrived.
Suddenly, Brock was “alone in a remote hotel suite with Harvey f**** Weinstein,” she wrote in a blog post for the Guardian.
“My body went into high alert. I was drunk, young, miles from home, without cash to get a cab, and no cell phone. Harvey left the room, but not for long. He re-emerged naked a couple of minutes later and asked if I would give him a massage. Panicking, in shock, I remember weighing up the options and wondering how much I needed to placate him to keep myself safe.”
Terrified, she then ran into a bathroom where she said Weinstein pounded on the door and begged her to come out. After he agreed to put his clothes back on, Brock emerged from the bathroom. She said he then began crying and said he felt that she had rejected him because he was fat.
But Weinstein and an assistant then drove her to her own room. Still, the next morning it became clear to her that many people at the film festival believed she had willingly spent the night with the producer.
“The smirks and knowing winks that passed between my group made me feel unsupported, disbelieved, whorish and cheap. No one believed my story. They all thought I had slept with Weinstein.”
“I was just really angry and betrayed and disappointed,” Brock told the newspaper in a subsequent interview.
“My trust in powerful men and in industry bigwigs, whether in modeling or any industry, is broken and will never not be broken. I will never ever trust men like that ever again.”
Weinstein has been fired from his namesake film production company and is now attending sex addiction rehab overseas.
[Feature photo: Associated Press]