An audio has surfaced where disgraced Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein is heard talking to Italian model Ambra Battilana Gutierrez where he confessed to being “used to” groping women.
The disturbing audio was recorded two years ago at the Tribeca Grand Hotel by the New York Police Department as part of a sting operation.
Weinstein can be heard begging a then 22-year-old Gutierrez to stay in the hotel room with him.
She repeatedly said no because of an incident that took place the day before where Weinstein physically harmed her.
Gutierrez told the mogul she did not want to sit and watch him take a shower because “yesterday you touched my breasts.” Weinstein responded by “I am used to that.”
He later told the star to stay and watch him bathe and added: “I am not going to do anything, I swear on my children, please come in. On everything, I am a famous guy. Please come in now for one minute.”
The tape was released by the New Yorker which published a piece hours ago that revealed that the Hollywood big shot was being investigated in 2015 after Gutierrez told authorities she was sexually assaulted.
The investigation lasted about two weeks, and the Manhattan District Attorney’s office declined to file charges against Weinstein.
The DA dropped the case after it was revealed that Gutierrez had a history of accusing men of sexual assaults and later changing her story and refusing to cooperate with the authorities working on her behalf.
The DA defended its decision with a statement that read: “This case was taken seriously from the outset, with a thorough investigation conducted by our Sex Crimes Unit. After analyzing the available evidence, including multiple interviews with both parties, a criminal charge is not supported.”
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Weinstein has denied the allegation in the statement below: “Any allegations of non-consensual sex are unequivocally denied by Mr. Weinstein. Mr. Weinstein has further confirmed that there were never any acts of retaliation against any women for refusing his advances. Mr. Weinstein obviously can’t speak to anonymous allegations, but with respect to any women who have made allegations on the record, Mr. Weinstein believes that all of these relationships were consensual. Mr. Weinstein has begun counseling, has listened to the community and is pursuing a better path. Mr. Weinstein is hoping that, if he makes enough progress, he will be given a second chance.”
Gutierrez stopped talking to the police because she settled and received an impressive amount of money and agreed to sign documents barring her from sharing her story.