Paris Hilton Recounts Upsetting Harvey Weinstein Incident
The former producer was recently sentenced to 16 additional years behind bars.
Paris Hilton has revealed that she too felt the wrath of disgraced film producer Harvey Weinstein.
Ahead of the release of her new memoir, Paris: The Memoir, out March 3, the heiress has shared that she narrowly escaped an alleged altercation at the hands of the Oscar winner.
According to Hilton, she first crossed paths with the former Hollywood producer at the Cannes Film Festival in 2000.
"I was at lunch with my girlfriend and he came up to the table and was like, ‘Oh, you want to be an actress?’" she recalled to Glamour UK. "And I said, “Yeah, I really want to be in a movie.'"
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She continued, "I was a teenager, so I was impressed by him. I was like, ‘Oh my god, Harvey Weinstein is so cool!’ and he said, ‘Well, we should have a meeting. You can come up to my room and read scripts’… and I just didn’t want to go, so I never went."
However, when then 19-year-old Hilton decided not to meet with Weinstein in his hotel room, he allegedly became aggressive towards her, following her to the restroom.
"I went into the bathroom and then he followed me,” she said. “He tried to open the door, he was hammering on the door, banging on it. And I wouldn’t open it, because I was like, ‘I’m in a stall, why do you want to come in here?’ And I just wouldn’t open it. And security came and literally carried him away and he was like [shouting], ‘This is my party,’ going nuts. It scared me and freaked me out."
Hilton's admission couldn't be more timely. On Feb. 23, Weinstein was sentenced to 16 more years in prison on top of his current 23-year prison sentence, officially spending the rest of his life behind bars.
His charges were based on the testimony by model Evgeniya Chernyshova, who previously kept her identity hidden with the moniker "Jane Doe #1." Chernyshova testified she had been raped by Weinstein at the Mr. C Hotel after the L.A. Italia Film Festival in 2013.
"It is extremely difficult for me to stand here, ten years later, as the effects of this rape are still raw, and difficult to discuss. I have been carrying this weight, this trauma, this irrational belief that it was my fault for years,” she told the judge, according to Variety. “His selfish, disgusting actions have greatly impacted me and my life. What he did to me was horrible.”
Per the publication, Weinstein's lawyers have claimed that their client had an unfair trial and conviction, claiming the court prevented them from presenting relevant evidence regarding the model's allegations.
“I maintain that I’m innocent," Weinstein said ahead of the sentencing, according to CNN. "I never raped or sexually assaulted Jane Doe 1. I never knew this woman, and the fact is she doesn’t know me. This is about money."
Weinstein has been accused of misconduct by over 100 women.