Mimi Haleyi speaks out during a press conference with Gloria Allred saying that Harvey Weinstein ‘ripped out her tampon and raped her’.
A new woman has come forward claiming that she was raped by Harvey Weinstein.
Mimi Haleyi claims that she was visiting Weinstein at his New York City loft back in 2006 when the 65-year-old executive forced himself on her.
The young woman said she tried to shoot down Weinstein’s repeated sexual advances by telling him she was menstruating, but he eventually overpowered her and shoved her onto a bed in his child’s bedroom.
‘He wouldn’t take no for an answer and backed me into a room which was not lit, but looked like a kids’ bedroom with kids’ drawings on the walls,’ said Haleyi.
‘He held me down on the bed, I tried to get him off me and kept asking him to stop but it was impossible. He was extremely persistent and physically overpowering.’
At that point Weinstein ripped out her tampon said Haleyi, who had begun to openly weep.
‘He then orally forced himself on me while I was on my period. I was mortified. I was in disbelief,’ said Haleyi, accompanied by her attorney Gloria Allred.
‘I would not have wanted anyone to do that to me even if that person had been my romantic partner.’
She then added: ‘I remember Harvey afterwards rolling over onto his back and saying “don’t you feel we’re so much closer to each other now?” I replied “no.”
Weinstein was divorced from his first wife and in a relationship with Georgina Chapman at the time.
Haleyi claims that she first met Weinstein at the European premiere of ‘The Aviator,’ then bumped into him again in 2006 while she was at the Cannes Film Festival.
She said that she approached the Hollywood heavyweight at that time about doing some work on one of his sets, and he urged her to come meet him at his hotel so they could discuss the matter.
When she arrived at the Hotel du-Cap Eden Roc she said that she was ushered into Weinstein’s room and soon after he asked her about giving him a massage.
‘I was escorted up to Harvey’s room by an assistant who then left. After a few minutes of greetings and normal conversation Harvey suddenly asked me if I’d give him a massage,’ said Haleyi.
‘I said “no sorry I’m not a masseuse” and suggested he contact hotel reception with his request. He kept asking about massages and I felt the meeting was going nowhere so I left.’
She added: ‘By that time I was crying as I felt completely humiliated and stupid for having been excited about meeting with him.’