When former Fox News reporter Lauren Sivan was an anchor on local outlet Long Island 12 over a decade ago, she encountered the Hollywood movie executive at an event at Cipriani, a famous Manhattan Italian restaurant, and the night eventually ended in a nauseating sexual encounter with Weinstein that left the reporter "shocked" and scared of retaliation, according to The Huffington Post. Once there, Weinstein wanted to take her on a tour of the club's restaurant.
She said that Weinstein lured her into the basement of a a Cuban bar and restaurant in Greenwich Village and tried to kiss her. Weinstein then said to Sivan, "Well, can you just stand there and shut up".
After ejaculating into a nearby potted plant, Weinstein cleaned up and returned to the nightclub. She met both as they were headed up from the cafe and says that Sivan told her what happened right after they left the club.
Sivan claims she has had no further contact with Weinstein since the incident. As they reached the kitchen area, Weinstein saw a few staffers working in the kitchen. "However, Mr. Weinstein denies many of them and was not given a fair opportunity to present evidence and witnesses on his side".
The NY Post is now floating the tantalizing idea that Weinstein's brother Bob (the brothers founded Miramax and later The Weinstein Company, churning out Oscar-winning or pop-culture-defining films like sex, lies and videotape, Pulp Fiction, Trainspotting, Shakespeare in Love, Good Will Hunting, The King's Speech, Silver Linings Playbook, and more) may have been involved the Times story. Democratic politicians he had contributed to ferried his donations to charities supporting women in power, women took to Twitter to share their own stories of sexual harassment (there were many), and Lena Dunham wrote a powerful response on Instagram.
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.
The former TV journalist said she remained silent over the years out of fear of retaliation due to Weinstein's clout in the media industry. The incident in the vestibule didn't last long. "I can't go forward with those books unless Harvey resigns". She has not interacted with the movie mogul since.
The Weinstein Company announced Friday that Weinstein was going on an indefinite leave pending investigation of the sexual harassment claims by an independent law firm.