In today's sexual assault news (because unfortunately that's where we're at in America right now), a new allegation has been levied against Harvey Weinstein. The former Hollywood producer, whose years of predatory behavior became the spark that lit Hollywood on fire, is back in the headlines for allegedly raping actress Paz de la Huerta twice in 2010, according to Vanity Fair.
She says the first instance came in November after the producer offered de la Huerta a ride back to her Tribeca apartment after meeting earlier in the night at the Standard hotel. When they arrived, Weinstein demanded to come up and have a drink, which led to him allegedly raping her:
"Things got very uncomfortable very fast," the actress told Vanity Fair. "Immediately when we got inside the house, he started to kiss me and I kind of brushed [him] away," de la Huerta said. "Then he pushed me onto the bed and his pants were down and he lifted up my skirt. I felt afraid... It wasn't consensual... It happened very quickly... He stuck himself inside me... When he was done he said he'd be calling me. I kind of just laid on the bed in shock."
In the second incident a month later, Weinstein showed up in her apartment lobby as she was coming home from a photoshoot. She had been drinking and was scared of the producer, as he'd been calling her repeatedly since the first incident. "He hushed me and said, 'Let's talk about this in your apartment,'" de la Huerta explained. "I was in no state. I was so terrified of him... I did say no, and when he was on top of me I said, 'I don't want to do this.' He kept humping me and it was disgusting. He's like a pig... He raped me."
Afterward, de la Huerta says he promised to put her in a play, but she never heard from him again. This story echoes the accounts of more than 60 women who've come forward with sexual assault allegations against Weinstein, but her story may be the most important because it could lead to real charges against him.
Already, de la Huerta has been interviewed by NYPD detective Nicholas DiGaudio, who is leading the police department's investigation of Weinstein, and her attorney has also provided material to New York District Attorney Maxine B. Rosenthal, who is currently considering charging the producer with crimes. When reached for comment by Vanity Fair, DiGaudio said: "I believe based on my interviews with Paz that from the NYPD standpoint we have enough to make an arrest."