Harvey Weinstein’s model admits that he has touched her and says she has no regrets about coming forward
Ambra Battilana Gutierrez, 27, admitted Harvey Weinstein when he admitted to touch her in 2015, but the Manhattan District Attorney office refused to file charges against the filmmogol. Five years later, Gutierrez says she is not sorry for her arrival – despite the subsequent smear campaign that derailed her career
An Italian-Filipino model that Harvey Weinstein recorded when he admitted that he was groping her in front of the Manhattan District Attorney office, inexplicably refusing to tell him she didn’t regret it – despite the subsequent smear campaign that derailed her career .
Ambra Battilana Gutierrez, 27, was one of the first women to publicly accuse Weinstein of sexual misconduct in 2015 when she went to the police and claimed that he had cherished her breasts and put his hand on her skirt during a business meeting.
Researchers let her wear a thread when she went to meet the producer the next day. In the tires, he was excused for his inappropriate touch when he begged the then 22-year-old to go to his hotel room.
Gutierrez researchers initially congratulated her on recording Weinstein’s destructive remarks on tape and insisted that her efforts bring him behind bars.
Her confidence in the legal system was soon shattered when the Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance refused to sue Weinstein in the midst of intense pressure from the producer’s lawyers and a vicious smear campaign that his team launched to destroy its credibility.
Desperate to protect herself and her family from further harm, Gutierrez signed a million-dollar confidentiality agreement and inverted her electronic devices to remove her recordings from Weinstein.
But she held one copy of the tapes and believed that this was the only thing that could prove that she was telling the truth.
Two years later, she agreed to let Ronan Farrow publish part of her story in his bomb that revealed that the demise of Weinstein in 2017 came about.
Gutierrez told about the traumatic ordeal in an interview with The cut last week, just when the first criminal sex abuse case against Weinstein was closed in New York City.
Gutierrez, an Italian-Filipino actress (left in 2018), met Weinstein (Tuesday in court) during his New York Spring Spectacular show in New York City on March 26, 2015. She claims that he caressed her breasts and his hand on her put out skirt during a business meeting the next day
Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance refused to sue Weinstein, although Gutierrez had admitted that he had admitted misconduct. The office of Vance is now leading the first criminal case against Weinstein, for which the jury consultation started Tuesday
Gutierrez, a former Miss Italy participant, met Weinstein for the first time during his New York Spring Spectacular show at Radio City Music Hall on March 26, 2015.
The couple met to discuss her career the next day, after which Gutierrez went to the police and claimed that he had touched her.
“I knew Weinstein was dangerous the moment I arrived at the police station,” she told The Cut in the interview that was published Tuesday.
“When I said his name and that he had attacked me, the man at the glass door replied,” Again? “That gave me strength; so I just wanted to do something about it. “
She wore a thread when she met Weinstein the next day at the Tribeca Grand Hotel and confronted him in an attempt to let him admit on tape what he had done.
Gutierrez said she was losing hope in her case against Weinstein when she met Martha Bashford, who was then head of the NYPD’s Sex Crimes department. She said Bashford questioned her as if she were the criminal
‘Come on. I’m sorry, “he heard him say. “I won’t do it again … I’ll never do anything else to you. Five minutes. Don’t ruin your friendship with me for five minutes. ”
Gutierrez said that researchers strongly supported her when she handed over the tapes.
They said, “Ambra, you did it. You put him in jail. He’s going to jail,” she recalled, describing the relief she felt when she went home that night.
But she would soon learn that her confidence in the system was ‘naive’, starting when she met Marsha Bashford, who at the time was head of the Sex Crimes department of the NYPD and resigned earlier this month in the midst of the Weinstein trial.
“Bashford questioned me like I was the criminal, with questions like,” Have you ever been a prostitute? ” Or: “Have you ever received gifts?” Or: “Have you ever asked for a film role?”
“And I kind of like:” Have you heard the recordings? “The recordings made it clear that this person absolutely insisted that I go to that room and attack me, and emphasized that my career would be ruined and he is a famous person and that I am nothing.
“So what was not clear? Even if I was a prostitute – which I wasn’t – everyone has the right not to do things with people they don’t want. I remember the moment I left that room after that questioning, I thought, “This is not going well.”
Gutierrez (photo in 2018) says she was “naive” to believe that the justice system would only punish Weinstein based on her account, but says she doesn’t regret it
From there it only got worse, because Gutierrez was battered with negative publicity.
Tabloids branded her ‘Grope Girl’ and told nasty stories about her past, along with photos of her modeling bikinis, which drove her to designers and shows.
“It was a bit easy for Weinstein, with the kind of people he knows and the power to knock me down,” she said. “Public opinion was with me first and then, after a little, it was against me.”
“I work with my image, so destroying my reputation completely destroyed me,” she added.
The DA’s office never called Gutierrez to inform her that Weinstein would not be prosecuted, so she discovered the news through the media like everyone else.
“I thought everything fell apart and she [the DA’s office] wouldn’t come and help me, “she said.
“I didn’t speak much English, but I could understand what was going on and that was all against me.”
Gutierrez made the decision to sign an NDA with Weinstein’s lawyers after her brother called her and said someone had come to work to ask about her.
“My blood has just become super cold. I was shaking and everything. I kind of like, “Okay, that’s it.” Then I decided to sign this agreement, “she said.
She vividly remembers the day she went to a Midtown office to sign the NDA.
“There was a lawyer for Harvey who spoke to me very nervously and said,” Thank you so much for being here. We are so happy to have you and I am so sorry. ”
She said she had repeatedly told the lawyer: “I’m going to sign this, but if I hear from him [Weinstein] hurting someone else wouldn’t care [the paper] I have signed up.’
After Gutierrez came forward, tabloids burned her “Grope Girl” and told nasty stories about her past, along with photos of her model bikinis, causing her to lose model building jobs
“I work with my image, so destroying my reputation completely destroyed me,” Gutierrez told The Cut. She has been pictured during a photo shoot in 2017
Under the terms of the NDA, Gutierrez had to turn over all of her electronic devices and email passwords so that the lawyers could ensure that her recordings from Weinstein were removed.
She had sent the tapes to five different e-mail addresses on the day they were recorded. She told her lawyer that she had forgotten the password for one of those email accounts, so it was never checked.
Gutierrez told The Cut that she wasn’t sure what she was going to do with the tapes, but that she knew she “had to get it out.”
“That was the key to getting my life back,” she said. ‘Be believed, bring my name back to who I was or am now. That I didn’t lie. I was right. I told the truth. “
In the course of the following months, Gutierrez spiral into a “very deep depression.”
“I knew the truth, and nobody would listen, and I didn’t know how to get those recordings out. I didn’t know who to trust, “she said.
In 2017, she found hope in Farrow, who included her account in his destructive piece setting out allegations of sexual misconduct against Weinstein in the New Yorker in the fall.
The Farrow report and another similar New York Times article received a Pulitzer prize and are credited with lighting the # MeToo movement.
“The day the recordings came out publicly, I think I was so happy that I smiled all day,” Gutierrez said. “It was so weird. It was like having a baby or something. ”
Guttierez agreed to have Ronan Farrow publish part of her story in his bombshell that made the fall of Weinstein in 2017 possible. She is shown last month with Farrow during a recording for his podcast Catch and Kill
Five years after her own experience, Gutierrez says she is still overwhelmed by emotion when she hears what other victims have experienced with Weinstein.
“I know what it means to feel in a cage and to have the ability to talk and understand that someone is on your side,” she said.
She said she has no regrets about reporting Weinstein despite the backlash she has personally endured.
“I would have done it a million times,” she said.
Asked if she is concerned that the same firm that ignored her claims is prosecuting the current case against Weinstein, Gutierrez replied: “I know, but how can you just not do what is good if everyone is watching you?
“I am waiting here, very anxious. I really hope they get justice and they see this person get what he deserves, because he didn’t do it once. He did it too often. It just makes my heart cry. “
She said that even if the jury does not condemn Weinstein, she still has hope for the Los Angeles case against him.
And even if both cases do not lead to a conviction, she is grateful that the truth is finally known.
“People now know what’s going on and Ronan Farrow is still writing about it, and you are writing about it, and so many others have written about it,” she said.
“There are more women who have their strength back, the support that we did not have before. It is something that we have achieved, and it is already a lot. ”
Weinstein is currently waiting for a jury opinion on five counts of sexual violence.
He is confronted with life in prison when he is convicted.
The shamed producer has always denied misconduct and says that sexual contact between him and all parties was consensual.
Weinstein arrives at the New York Criminal Court on Tuesday before the jury began to deliberate on the five sexual attacks against him