Sharing her side of the story. Lauren Sivan, the TV reporter who claimed Harvey Weinstein forced her to watch him masturbate 10 years ago, spoke out about the Hollywood power player’s alleged sexual misconduct in a new interview. The anchor revealed why she remained silent about the incident for the past decade while speaking with the Today show’s Megyn Kelly on Monday, Oct. 9.
“He was a titan in Hollywood, he could ruin people’s careers if he didn’t like you,” said Lauren, who was in her 20s when her alleged encounter with Harvey, now 65, occurred. Though the broadcaster — who currently serves as an anchor on LA’s Fox 11 — wasn’t interested in an acting career, she was still intimidated by the film studio executive.
“At the time, I had this great job, I was an anchor at my hometown station in Long Island, I was living with my boyfriend in the city — I had this great life,” she explained. “I didn't know what going public would do for me.”
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Lauren also said that guilt and shame might have had something to do with her decision not to speak out. “I was lucky enough to never have to deal with him again,” she said. “I didn’t work with him. I didn’t need anything from him, so I didn’t have to contact him again. And also there’s that feeling that so many women feel, of shame, of perhaps I did something to give him the wrong impression.”
Lauren detailed her alleged interaction with Harvey last week during an interview with the Huffington Post. According to the news personality, the entertainment mogul forced himself on her when he took her to the downstairs-area of a Cuba-themed restaurant he owned in NYC.
“I immediately rebuffed and said, ‘Whoa, whoa, whoa. I had no idea that that’s what this was. I’m sorry, I have a very serious boyfriend and I’m not interested,’” she recounted, adding that Harvey refused to let her leave. “[He] said, ‘Well then stand there and be quiet’...It happened very quickly and he immediately exposed himself and began pleasuring himself.”
Gwyneth Paltrow and Harvey in 2002. (Photo Credit: Getty Images)
Lauren told her story not long after The New York Times published a bombshell report about allegations of sexual harassment made against Harvey by several actresses, including Ashley Judd. Since then, other female A-listers, including Angelina Jolie and Gwyneth Paltrow, have come forward with their own accusations. Harvey offered a lackluster apology — in which he quoted a JAY-Z lyric — but has since been fired from his position at the Weinstein Company.
During her appearance on Megan Kelly Today, Lauren said that Harvey’s seemingly disingenuous attempt to say sorry ultimately inspired her to say something. “That apology was the final straw for me,” she said. “So when I was contacted by a reporter, that’s when I said, ‘Oh no, enough is enough with this guy.’ There was no remorse, there was not even acknowledgment of the type of behavior that was going on.”
She added, “I mean, if he did this with me, who’s just a stranger who is not an actress in Hollywood and doesn’t need anything from him, I can only imagine how many other women something like this has happened to.”