UPDATED, 4:15 PM: The host of the self-described “speakeasy” in Manhattan where Harvey Weinstein’s presence caused a scene Wednesday has apologized “for the events that occurred” and said the disgraced producer “will not be attending” any future events there. Read details of the disturbance at Actor’s Hour below.
“I acknowledge and understand that apologies are not enough at this time,” said Alexandra Laliberte, a New York-based actress and performer who hosted the event. “I also offer my openness, my listening, and my sincerity. I welcome any dialogue on how I can continue to grow as an individual and especially welcome any and all communication from other victims of violence in the community.
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Here is her Facebook post in its entirety:
PREVIOUSLY, October 24: Harvey Weinstein was confronted Wednesday by several women at a Manhattan event, with one claiming she was kicked out for her loud denunciation of him.
Actress and playwright Zoe Stuckless screamed at Weinstein’s presence at the Downtime Bar in Alphabet City. A video of her reaction was posted to her Facebook.
“Nobody’s gonna say anything? Nobody’s really going to say anything?!” she yelled. Weinstein was surrounded by friends in a booth and didn’t react. “I’m going to stand four feet from a f–ing rapist? And nobody’s going to say anything?”
Stuckless claimed she was asked to leave the bar, where an event called Actor’s Hour, a “speakeasy for artists,” was taking place.
Earlier in the evening, a female comic noted Weinstein’s presence (see video below). “Can we address the elephant in the room?” She was booed for her comments, including “’I have been a survivor of rape.”
It wasn’t all bad for Weinstein. A male comic touted Weinstein’s production of Good Will Hunting from the stage.
Comic Amber Rollo said to the New York Post that she also confronted Weinstein and was asked to leave.
“I went in and called him a f–king monster and told him he should disappear,” she tweeted. “His friend/bodyguard/goon/family member called me a c–t and I really really wanted to lunge over the table and strangle him… I restrained myself… There was a woman at the table with him who gently guided me out.”
Weinstein said in a statement through his rep: “I am happy to address anyone’s questions. We should all be offered the courtesy to voice opinions and be heard, and to even get answers. I am glad we all still have these rights.”
The rep told the New York Post that the “scene uncalled for, downright rude and an example of how due process today is being squashed by the public, trying to take it away in the courtroom too.”
Weinstein was not recognized when he showed up at the bar. He was described as using a walker “and looked pretty beat up,” according to the Post.
Event organizer Alexandra Laliberte said on Instagram that Weinstein was “not invited by the organizer or anyone associated with this organization.”