Many women have come forward with their stories of abuse involving the disgraced producer, Harvey Weinstein, but one woman revealed she decided to go up to his hotel room, despite hearing all of the rumors.
The actress from Empire, Kaitlyn Doubleday, revealed she had been talking to Weinstein after she met him in New York in 2009. Kaitlyn said after exchanging numbers and “developing rapport,” she had an “insanely huge carrot dangling in front of (her).”
Despite hearing about his gross misconduct, she made the conscious decision to meet up with him and go to his room. Kaitlyn said she wanted to believe his “intentions were pure” and that he saw her “talent.”
During their lunch together, the Empire star made a joke about not going up to his hotel room but did anyway. He invited her up to his place to finish with the ending on the film version of the musical, Nine, while knowing that’s not what he really wanted.
The actress said she “didn’t want to go,” because she knew what he was doing. She added the world knows what happens when you go up to Harvey Weinstein’s hotel room. And while she didn’t reveal what happened, we can all safely assume that something sexual occurred.
In her essay to The Hollywood Reporter, she compared her experiences to that of Ashley Judd, one of the actresses who has been the most outspoken in her condemnation of the producer.
Doubleday blamed society and cultural norms for her decision to go up to his room. The 32-year-old said she went up to the hotel room because she had been “groomed by the world” into believing it’s necessary for a woman to be accepted by a powerful man to succeed in the entertainment business.