Harvey Weinstein reportedly interviewed a prospective babysitter in nothing but his underwear.
Actress Sarah Ann Masse has accused the movie mogul of sexual misconduct. She told Variety it occurred in 2008 when she visited his Connecticut home for a one-on-one meeting with Weinstein to discuss a potential nannying job for his three kids from his first marriage.
“Harvey Weinstein opened the door in his boxer shorts and an undershirt,” she told the publication. “My first thought was, ‘Oh, this is weird. Maybe he forgot this interview is happening. Maybe he thought I was the mailman. I’m sure he’ll be embarrassed and excuse himself and get changed.’ But he didn’t.”
Masse claimed that Weinstein, 65, conducted the entire interview in his underwear, which she said made her feel uncomfortable.
“I tried to tell myself it was just an odd quirk, that it was fine, and to keep going with the interview,” she said.
Masse also claimed that Weinstein tried to keep her from meeting his kids, yelling at them when they entered the room during the meeting.
“I’ve interviewed for a lot of nanny jobs and [the parents] were always eager for me to meet the children and see how I interacted with them,” Masse said. “He had this big burst of anger. I knew he had a reputation for being tough and intimidating, but I still thought it was odd.”
Masse — who was working as a babysitter as a means to support herself as she pursued acting — said Weinstein asked if her she would ever “flirt with my friends or anyone to get ahead?” in her career.
After assuring him she would never feel “comfortable” doing that, Weinstein allegedly gave her a “really tight, close hug that lasted for quite a long period of time.”
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“He was still in his underwear,” Masse added. “Then he told me he loved me. I left right after that.”
A few days later, Weinstein’s assistant reportedly told Masse that he decided not to hire her because of her acting career.
“It felt like I dodged a bullet,” she said, adding that she “didn’t feel right” about their encounter.
Masse said she felt encouraged to share her experience with Weinstein after hearing of other women coming forward.
On Sunday, eight women — including actress Ashley Judd — spoke out against Weinstein in a New York Times report, accusing him of sexual harassment and inappropriate behavior. The paper also reported that Weinstein reached private settlements with eight women, including actress Rose McGowan.
Weinstein has since been fired from The Weinstein Company and Chapman announced she’s leaving him.
Following the NYT report about the allegations, Weinstein said in a statement that he was working with therapists and planned to “deal with this issue head-on.”
“Any allegations of non-consensual sex are unequivocally denied by Mr. Weinstein,” a spokesperson for the movie mogul has said.