Weinstein tried hard to meet Aishwarya alone, claims former manager

A talent manager once sent Harvey Weinstein a trough full of Diet Coke in a jibe about his weight after he pestered her repeatedly to get him some alone time with one of her female clients.

Talent manager Simone Sheffield of Canyon Entertainment was representing Bollywood superstar Aishwarya Rai when, in 2003 or 2004, she and the actress were joined by Weinstein at a meeting.

On Saturday, as Weinstein was expelled from the Motion Picture Academy over allegations he sexually abused women in Hollywood for two decades, Sheffield recounted their meeting.

She told DailyMail.com that at the time, Weinstein had a ‘bad reputation’ for mistreating male and female stars but that she was unaware of his predatory tendencies.

During a meeting in a hotel room, she felt strongly she should stay with Rai – who at the time was ‘new’ to America.

‘Ash was new to our country and I wanted nothing bad to happen to her – on my watch. I felt her mom and dad had entrusted her to my care. I took that to heart very seriously.

‘She’d taken a few meetings with other powerful men and I had no problem waiting outside the room. But with Harvey, I felt strongly about staying by her side,’ she said.

In a comment posted in response to a news story by variety.com, Simone Sheffield wrote: “I use(d) to manage Indian actress Aishwarya Rai. While dealing with Harvey, I found it comical how hard he tried to get Aishwarya alone.

“But he was a p**. Looked and acted like a ‘big bully p**’. He asked me to leave the meeting numerous times and I politely declined.”

A former Miss World, Aishwarya has worked in international projects like ‘Bride & Prejudice’, ‘Mistress of Spices’ and ‘The Pink Panther 2’.

Sheffield, who reportedly used to manage Aishwarya’s international projects at one point, added: “When we were leaving his (Weinstein’s) office, he cornered me and said, ‘What do I have to do to get her alone?’ I told him to ‘kiss my black a**’.

“When Ash and I returned to our hotel, I sent Harvey a steel p** trough filled with diet coke as a thank you gift for the meeting. Yes, we did do business and yes, he eventually threatened me.

“Told me I’d never work in this business, blah blah blah. What I said to him I can’t print. But you can be sure, I never gave him the opportunity to even breathe on my client.”