A Norwegian model and actress testified Wednesday that Harvey Weinstein raped her after the 2008 British Academy Film and Television Awards, and months later “tricked” her into a New York hotel room before pressuring her to leave. have a threesome
The model, identified in court as Natassia M., told Los Angeles Superior Court jury that while she had met Weinstein several times, she was shocked in 2008 to find the producer fucking in her hotel room in London. Worried that her publicist down the hall might overhear, she flung open the door and said Weinstein “just walked in” before making an ominous statement.
“He said, ‘Nobody gets to be like an A-lister unless they go through me,’” Natassia M. said Wednesday. “He was so scared of this guy, he had so much power… he embodied the movie business.”
Describing how “everyone had to go through it” to make it in Hollywood, Natassia M. said Weinstein took off his pants and pushed her onto a bed before raping her. She said the rape didn’t last long because she “played dead” and Weinstein “come on her hand” and left immediately.
Too terrified to go to the police, she said she tried to figure out how to get past the assault and even reached out to Weinstein in April 2008 to leave a recording of her voice for an audition. Although she wanted to drop it off at Weinstein’s office, she said, the producer replied that she should drop off the CD with her assistant at the Peninsula Hotel and suggested the idea of a threesome.
“I’m not the type of person to have a threesome, I’m just not ready for it. I said I don’t want no mischief. I told him that,” testified Natassia M.
However, when she went to the New York hotel, she said an attendant escorted her to a hotel room, where she immediately saw Weinstein and another woman in the room. Crying on the stand, Natassia M. described how “angry” she was to see the other woman and said they were both “trying to get her to have a threesome with him.”
“He’s got you by the fucking neck, knowing that if you don’t deliver… your career is going down the drain, knowing that this thing you’ve been working on for months…. And that is not right,” she added. He explained that she was trying to “manage the situation” because she wanted the movie role.
Natassia M. added that during the incident, the other woman in the room told her “she’s so shy” before laughing along with Weinstein and giving him “a blow job.” During cross-examination, the model said that she put on a robe because she felt compelled to participate in and watch Weinstein have sex with the other woman.
The harrowing reality of Weinstein’s overwhelming power in Hollywood is at the center of the prosecution’s case against the 70-year-old man in Los Angeles. In his second trial for sex crimes, already a convicted rapist, Weinstein pleaded not guilty to seven counts after prosecutors allege he assaulted four women between 2003 and 2014.
Weinstein was previously convicted of similar crimes at a New York trial in 2020.
While Natassia M.’s allegations against Weinstein are not part of the criminal case against him, she is among several supporting witnesses meant to help the prosecution prove he is a serial predator. Like several women who testified before her, Natassia M. spent most of Wednesday morning describing to the jury how Weinstein assaulted her and how she felt she had no choice but to remain silent and forget the abuse to save her own career. .
She described how after the February 2008 rape, in which she said she just looked at her duvet and froze, she didn’t even think about going to the police, instead telling her friend, the director. David Nutter.
“Because if you are an actress and you are a problem, you do not work. If you are difficult, that goes for Hollywood that this person is difficult,” she noted. The model also pointed out that at the time of the assault she weighed 98 pounds and Weinstein “reminded her [her] of a boar.”
During cross-examination, Weinstein’s attorney, Mark Werksman, questioned Natassia M. about the details of the 2008 rape, asking if she had outright said that she “didn’t want to have sex that night.”
“You didn’t say no, you didn’t get up from my bed, you said I don’t do the casting couch thing,” Werksman added, prompting Natassia M. to agree.
“I didn’t fight him, I didn’t hit him, I didn’t kick him away from me, the things I thought in my head later that I should have done,” he later added.
Defense attorneys also questioned her about the Peninsula incident, asking why she followed Weinstein’s assistant to the hotel room and whether she was asked to participate in a threesome.
“They didn’t ask me…he had planned to put me in an awkward position to humiliate me, I thought,” said Natassia M. “It was more like blackmail…he just wants you to comply.”
The model also admitted to meeting Weinstein several times over the years and that the producer put her in awkward positions at many of those meetings. In one encounter, she said Weinstein tried to force her friend to have oral sex with him, prompting Natassia M. to defend her friend and bear the brunt of her assault.
She said Weinstein moved her to another room, where he masturbated while groping her. The meeting, he told her, was “degrading and humiliating.”
Years after the assault, Natassia M. said, she saw Weinstein at an Oscars party at Soho House, which was also attended by Nicole Kidman and Lady Gaga. She said Weinstein pulled her aside and asked why she didn’t “go to the tabloids” about her past encounters.
In response, he said that he told Weinstein that he would never do that and that he would “mess with the most powerful guy in Hollywood.”
Weinstein, he said, simply replied: “My friend is worth being.”
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