A Montreal actress is adding her voice to those accusing disgraced Hollywood movie mogul Harvey Weinstein of sexual harassment and assault.
Erika Rosenbaum, 37, said there were three separate instances nearly 15 years ago where Weinstein aggressively came on to her.
In the worst case, she accuses him of grabbing her by the neck in front of a mirror while masturbating behind her.
“He did that while looking me right in the eye,” she said.
Rosenbaum said she met Weinstein at a party in Los Angeles in her early 20s. Afterward, they booked a meeting to discuss her career. But the meeting’s location was changed to a hotel at the last minute, she said, and when she arrived, Weinstein’s tone shifted.
“I suddenly found myself fending him off, as though we were on a first date and he was making unwanted advances,” Rosenbaum told CBC News on Thursday night.
She said she was trying to avoid embarrassing or angering him, because she was aware his negative opinion could sink her career. She said she protested, but he persuaded her to give him a massage.
“In a surreal scene from a bad movie, I massaged his back and then he let me go. I walked away confused and ashamed,” she said.
Until now, Rosenbaum has never told her story. She still works as an actress, with credits in films including Brooklyn, Wicker Park and The Trotsky.
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The former co-chair of The Weinstein Company now faces numerous allegations of sexual harassment and abuse, including three women who say he raped them.
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