If you were watching TV or movies in the ’90s, you probably remember Lauren Holly.
The actress was known offscreen as Mrs.
But her career stalled after an incident with Harvey Weinstein — a story that
Unfortunately, this gave her the wrong idea:
“My first thought was, ‘Oh my gosh, I’m really important. Harvey Weinstein has champagne for me, this is very exciting. I’m going to make more movies with him.'”
Then, after some conversation, she says he excused himself to the bathroom and re-emerged wearing only a bathrobe. But he kept talking business, even as he gestured for her to follow him into the bedroom of the suite.
“When we entered the bedroom, and the whole time he’s talking, and it never stopped. You have to understand this. What he had going on, what projects were coming, what he thought I would be right for. He dropped his robe, went into the bathroom in front of me, and began to use the toilet. All the time talking.”
That’s when she was completely confused, thinking “What is this?” to herself. She had no idea how to respond because she was so disarmed by the business talk.
“He keeps the conversation going, he finishes, he turns on the shower, he gets in the shower, he’s continually talking to me, he’s in the shower washing himself, leaning out of the shower asking me for responses. My head is going crazy at this point.”
She says Harvey’s casual demeanor made her wonder if there was something wrong with her, if she was just being “a prude”:
“He got out of the shower, dried himself, did not put on the robe, and came toward me. When he came toward me, everything changed. The adrenaline rush I felt, I wanted to flee. I was scared. He told me I looked stressed. He said that he thought maybe I could use a massage, maybe I could give him a massage.”
When she suggested they call for a masseuse instead, he “began to get angry.” And that’s when Lauren got “really afraid.”
“He told me that I would make a bad decision if I got out of there, that it would be bad for me, it would be bad for my career, that I needed to keep him as my ally.”
Instead, Holly says she “pushed him and ran.”
When she left, she went straight to a scheduled industry event with some “influential people” in Hollywood, at which everyone could tell she was distraught. When she told them what happened, she was violated again:
“They asked me what had happened, I told them, and their response was, ‘Did he touch you? Were you raped?’ I said, ‘No.’ Then they said, ‘Then you need to keep your mouth shut. Because it’s Harvey Weinstein.'”
Then all the film roles suddenly dried up.
See her tell her whole emotional story (below):
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