Todays Stories

Harvey Weinstein accuser testifies that she was assaulted twice in TIFF

A former actress wept on the podium when she told a jury that Harvey Weinstein assaulted her twice, two decades apart, during the Toronto International Film Festival.

The woman – identified by the court as “Kelly S.”, in order to protect her identity – entered graphic details of the time she said Weinstein forced her to have oral sex in 1991 and then masturbated in front of her in 2008. Both alleged assaults took place At the Four Seasons Hotel in Toronto.

“You’ll love this. … It’s okay … It won’t be long,” Kelly S. recalled. Weinstein says when he allegedly assaulted her for the first time. She told the jury she had repeatedly asked him to stop. She remembers him saying, “I’ll fuck you. It won’t take long. Just relax.”

She met Kelly S. Weinstein at a TIFF party in 1991 when she was 24 years old. She was an aspiring actress and was introduced to him casually, mingling with her friends at a festival event. She said that she and Weinstein had a friendly conversation, which I assumed was friendly and professional. After “joking about art and cinema,” Weinstein suggested the two have a glass of wine to continue their discussion. I thought Kelly S. That they were having a “great conversation”, she agreed to go with Weinstein to a public restaurant near the party at which they met. “We were really fine,” she told the jury, explaining that she had no reason to worry about any of his drinking behavior, and she knew the association with Weinstein could be positive for her acting career. “We honestly had a great time.”

While having drinks, Weinstein mentioned a role to Kelly S. and said he wanted to show her a script. “I was very ambitious,” she said. “I was thinking I wanted to get a part.”

Kelly S. agreed to go to the Weinstein Hotel to see the script because he said that was where the script was. When the attorney general, Deputy Attorney General Marilyn Martinez, asked what happened next, Kelly S. She took a deep breath and said, “It’s so hard for me to talk about that.”

Says Kelly S. When she got to the hotel room, thinking she was going to the hotel to see a scenario, Weinstein went to the hotel bathroom. When he came out “quick, aggressive, purposeful,” he was naked, only wearing a loose-fitting shirt, but no pants or underwear. He was holding a hot cloth.

“It all happened so fast,” muttered Kelly Q. She said Weinstein then took off her skirt and put the hot cloth over her vagina. “My wife loves this. She remembers him saying, ‘You will love this.’” He said I would love her. I was asking him to stop.”

She told the jury that Weinstein forcefully had oral sex on her, then inserted his fingers into her vagina. She said he was holding her by her chest and legs, and she was afraid of what would happen if she tried to leave. “You have to understand how frozen I was,” she explained. “It was out of nowhere. It was unexpected.”

She became “hysterical” and “nausea, frightened, terrified.” She asked him to stop and remembered her saying, “Let me get out of here…stop.” She testified that Weinstein replied, “It won’t take long.”

She then felt his penis inside her vagina for “a few seconds,” and reached into his back, which she described as “mountain with acne,” to run away. “I can’t remember exactly, but I got out from under.”

After the alleged assault in 1991, Weinstein contacted Kelly S. This was before cell phones and caller ID, so you never knew it was him. The first time he called, she told the jury she was very upset and asked “why is he raping me”. He told her that’s not what happened and said, “I really like you and I’m going to leave my wife for you.” Then he said he wanted her to come to New York to meet with one of his executives accused of casting, so she could audition for a role. She told the jury that although she was assaulted by Weinstein, she thought it would be a “great opportunity” and brought a girlfriend with her on the trip, until she felt safe. Weinstein paid for her trip and her hotel room in New York City. She made her friend stay with her at the hotel. Weinstein never showed up to a planned dinner and the audition never happened.

She told Kelly S. The jury found that the assault “spoiled” her career. She explained that she was very serious about acting in her early twenties, she had an agent and she attended theater arts school. But after the alleged assault, she “didn’t want to go through anything like this…it was too much.” She said that the alleged incident affected her life over the years. “It hurt my marriage because I didn’t tell him,” she said, crying. “It was really hard.”

Years later, Kelly S. was living at the Four Seasons Hotel Toronto with her husband and children, while their home was under renovation. It was 2008 and the family had been living in the hotel for five weeks during the Toronto Film Festival period. She hasn’t seen or heard from Weinstein in years, since the alleged assault in 1991, but she said she thought about the incident all the time, and how it affected her life.

In 2008, when she was staying at the Four Seasons Hotel Toronto, she was in the lobby with her daughter and a friend after playing tennis, and she saw Weinstein at the hotel. She cried, “Harvey!” She says she felt “outraged”. She says she was “shocked,” but she also “knew he could be around,” because it was TIFF — an industry festival that Weinstein frequents. Says Kelly S. Weinstein’s assistant, named Victoria, approaches her to say that Weinstein wants to see her.

“Actually, I wanted to see him because I wanted to ask why,” she testified. “All those years ago… I was thinking about it a lot.” “I felt ready to give it to him,” she added.

Victoria, Weinstein’s assistant, escorted her to Weinstein’s hotel room. “I cried, ‘How does it feel to be in front of one woman who said no to you?’” “I was still at the moment of receiving 20 years of answers,” she explained. “Victoria was in the hallway, outside the hotel room, and it was very noisy,” said Kelly S. Weinstein “moved her” to the bathroom. In the bathroom, he closed the door and began to suggest She has to have sex.

“I am still angry. I am scared. She remembers her mentality as she answers Martinez’s questions.” Once again, he came out of nowhere. His behavior has changed.” She remembers thinking, “I came to confront you… How did this happen?”

In the shower, says Kelly S., suddenly “Weinstein pulled his penis and started masturbating.” “He wanted to see my breasts, while he was masturbating,” she says, so “it became a negotiation” because she was trying to finish it all up, but she couldn’t get out. “There was no way to get around it. It was much bigger than that,” she said. She told the jury that Weinstein got off on a white bathroom rug. “It didn’t take long,” she says, recalling that the bathroom accident took perhaps five minutes. She was trying not to look, but she doesn’t remember one of the specifics. “His sperm was a dark yellow-orange…it wasn’t normal,” she said.

When Weinstein walked out of his hotel suite with her, he asked his assistant to invite Kelly S. to parties at TIFF. On the way to the elevator, when Kelly S. was with Victoria, she said nothing about the accident, explaining that she was “very embarrassed.” She said, “It took me a while to realize what happened.”

She did not tell any of her friends or husband what happened in the Weinstein hotel suite because she was “shy”. She says that while staying at the Four Seasons Hotel in Toronto, she kept going to festival parties and taking her friends to events that Weinstein’s aide invited her, and they thought I was pretty cool because I knew Harvey Weinstein, so I played it. “

Kelly S. She never filed a police report about the alleged 1991 or 2008 attacks because it was “very, very embarrassing” and “felt stupid”. Over the years, she ended up telling three of her best friends, Christina, Candice and Arlene, what happened in 1991 and 2008.

On October 5, 2017, when bombshell stories emerged about Weinstein, which sparked the #MeToo movement, Kelly S. was notified by friends that the article had been released. “I often wondered if I was the only one,” she told the jury.

Kelly S. is an unaccused witness, which means that the 11 charges facing Weinstein do not stem from her allegations. The jury will not consider the assaults alleged by Kelly S. But her testimony is designed to inform the jury of an alleged pattern of Weinstein’s behavior.

Later on Monday, Kelly S. will be questioned by Weinstein’s attorney.

Back to top button