Tomi-Ann Roberts was a 20-year-old college student and aspiring actress in 1984 when she claims Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein propositioned her.
“I don’t remember if I was in a hotel or an apartment. I thought there would be other individuals there,” she told ABC’s Juju Chang in an interview for “Nightline.” “It was just him and it was the kind of moment that is sort of petrifying in the sense that you stand still and you’re not sure what to do.”
She claims Weinstein was “in the bathtub,” attempting to convince her “to get naked.”
“And I didn’t,” she said. “Looking back, I apologized … I thought if this is what it’s going to take to do serious acting then I guess it’s not for me. I guess I really thought that it was kind of my fault, that I was prudish or I was scared.”
Roberts was one of more than a dozen women who have now come forward with allegations against Weinstein over sexual harassment and sexual assault.
Roberts was first part of a New York Times report published less than a week ago documenting the film producer’s alleged behavior, as well as reported settlements reached over the accusations, followed by an explosive expose in The New Yorker, published Tuesday. The Times followed with an additional story Tuesday, in which actresses Gwyneth Paltrow and Angelina Jolie shared their personal stories of alleged harassment at the hands of Weinstein. A chorus of other celebrities, including Brad Pitt, George Clooney, Jennifer Lawrence, Lena Dunham and Meryl Streep, have now all come out against Weinstein over these allegations.
Roberts said she has grappled with feelings of shame over what happened and she now feels “grateful” to have an opportunity to speak out. As a result of what happened to her, Roberts said she quit acting and became a psychologist.
“I don’t want anything from Harvey Weinstein,” Roberts told “Nightline.” “But I do want other women to know there are people who care this happened to them, happened to me too … I…