Hollywood producer and executive Harvey Weinstein’s decade-long inappropriate behaviour has recently come to light. As actress Salma Hayek accused him of sexual harassment, other actresses like Angelina Jolie, Gwyneth Paltrow, Kate Beckinsale, Emma Thompson and Cara Delevingne came forward and revealed that they too were a victim of his.
After the #MeToo campaign gave courage to women who suffered sexual harassment to speak up against it and share their stories, a woman alleged that Harvey once tried to make advances at Bollywood diva Aishwarya Rai. It seems like no one is safe from him!
The woman, Simone Sheffield, who identifies herself as the overseas manager of Aishwarya, has made the claim. She said:
“I used to manage Indian actress Aishwarya Rai. While dealing with Harvey, I found it comical how hard he tried to get Aishwarya alone.”
She said that he used to ask her to leave him and Aishwarya alone during their meetings so that he can make his moves. She said:
“He was a pig. He looked and acted like a ‘big bully pig’. He asked me to leave the meeting numerous times and I politely declined.”
While in Sydney for a brand commitment, Aishwarya recently spoke in support of the #MeToo campaign. She said, “It has brought out a lot of conversation and sharing’’. She further added, “The good thing is that people are talking. I don’t think this needs to restrict itself to one part of the world’’.
The #MeToo campaign took birth after the sexual assault accusations against Harvey Weinstein surfaced last year.
Simone said that she used to manage Aishwarya’s International projects. It was then when Harvey laid his evil eyes on Aishwarya. Remembering about an incident, she said:
“When we were leaving Mr Weinstein’s office, he cornered me and said, What do I have to do to get her alone? When Aishwarya and I returned to our hotel, I sent Harvey a steel pig trough filled with diet coke as a thank you gift for the meeting. Yes, we did do business and yes, he eventually threatened me.”
“He told me I’d never work in this business, blah blah blah. what I said to him I can’t print. But you can be sure, I never gave him the opportunity to even breathe on my client.”
Simone Sheffield is the owner of California-based company Canyon Entertainment. She has urged more women to speak out “the truth”. “Protect one another. Support one another. Love one another,” she said.