One thing’s for sure: Ambra Battilana‘s got some serious cojones for going after Harvey Weinstein!
The 22-year-old Italian model accused the cinema mogul of a textbook casting-couch grope in NYC, and isn’t afraid of telling it like it is. Sources at The Daily News say Battilana “knows that Harvey has money and power and that he’s going to come after her…but she’s confident. … She’s not afraid of Harvey.”
The two met one night at the red carpet premiere of the new Rockettes show at Radio City Music Hall, which Weinstein had co-produced. He gave the model his busness card and Weinstein had invited Battilana to his office for a supposed business meeting, sources said.
So what happened between Battilana and Weinstein? The Daily News reports:
Battilana told cops that the 63-year-old married father of five put his hands on her breasts and underneath her skirt despite her efforts to rebuff the unwanted attention, a source told The News.
“When she was describing what happened, her face became contorted,” said her lawyer, Mark Heller. “It was that look of someone who was creeped out. “She’s a very young woman who was relating her disgust that a much older man — an old man in view of someone her age — conducted himself like that.”
Battilana, who once had designs on a television career, claims that Weinstein asked if her breasts were real before groping her chest and asking for a kiss, sources said.
The distraught model allegedly asked the moviemaker to stop and flatly turned down his request, sources said.
A video camera captured Battilana entering the building at 375 Greenwich St. at 6 p.m. and leaving at a rapid pace 31 minutes later, a source told The News.
Battilana twice ran her hand through her hair as she climbed inside the elevator for the ride to Weinstein’s third-floor office.
She was taped making a phone call as she departed, beginning on the elevator down and continuing as she walked quickly out of the building lobby, the source said.
Weinstein’s camp say that the accusations are completely bogus, as Battilana attended a Broadway show produced by Weinstein the next day AND she testified in the sex scandal case of former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi.
What do you think? Is Battilana a victim of the Hollywood mogul or a sketchy opportunist?! Weigh in BELOW!
Posted Wednesday, April 1st, 2015 at 8:08am
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