Harvey Weinstein’s former assistant Rowena Chiu accuses him of attempted rape

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Rowena Chiu accuses Harvey Weintstein of rape
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Rowena Chiu, former assistant to Harvey Weinstein, has accused the film mogul of attempting to rape her in 1998.

The London-based art curator and writer said a late night meeting with Harvey at the Venice Film Festival turned into her trying to fend off his sexual advances.

‘After hours of fending off his chitchat, flattery, requests for massages and a bath, ultimately I found myself pushed back against the bed,’ Chiu wrote in a New York Times piece. ‘I’d worn two pairs of tights for protection, and tried to appease him by taking one of them off and letting him massage me, but it hadn’t worked.

‘He’d taken off the other pair and I was terrified my underwear would be next.

‘In the end, I was able to wriggle off the bed and leave,’ she added.

Rowena Chiu, former assistant to Weinstein, appears on TODAY with Ashley Judd, Jodi Kantor and Megan Twohey.
Rowena Chiu, former assistant to Weinstein, appears on TODAY (Picture: Today)

Chiu revealed she signed a non-disclosure agreement and then carried the burden with her for more than 20 years.

Within this time, her mental health deteriorated, revealing she tried to take her own life on two occasions.

In light of the growing #MeToo movement, she decided to come forward with her story. The New York Times reporters Jodi Kantor and Megan Twohey featured Chiu in their book She Said, which details Chiu’s story for the first time.

Now, in her latest piece with The New York Times, Chiu said: ‘Harvey Weinstein told me he liked Chinese girls. He liked them because they were discreet, he said — because they knew how to keep a secret.’

Harvey Weinstein denies all allegations and said the pair had a consensual ‘six-month physical relationship’.

According to AP, Weinstein is ‘now studying taking legal action’ against Chiu for breaking the non-disclosure agreement.

Harvey Weinstein’s lawyer was contacted by metro.co.uk for comment.


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