NEW YORK (CelebrityAccess) — Less than a week after the New York Times published a report alleging decades of sexual misconduct by Hollywood studio executive Harvey Weinstein, the New Yorker upped the ante with its own report which accuses Weinstein of rape and sexual assault.
Allegations leveled against Weinstein are claims from three women who state that Weinstein forced them to perform sex acts with him. As well, four additional women told the New Yorker that Weinstein inappropriately fondled them in what may constitute assault.
Also included in the New Yorker report is an audio clip in which a man, apparently Weinstein, pressures model Ambra Battilana Gutierrez to come into his hotel room while he showers, despite her obvious discomfort. In the recording, the man can be heard to admit to previously groping the woman.
"Don't embarrass me," Weinstein allegedly tells her, before admitting to groping her breast. "I'm used to that," he adds. "I won't do it again."
The clip, which was recorded during an undercover operation by the New York Police Department's Sex Crimes Unit via Gutierrez, who agreed to wear a wire. She told the New Yorker that she met Weinstein at a show that he was producing at Radio City Music Hall before he invited her to his TriBeCa office, where he allegedly lunged at her.
However, the investigation produced no criminal charges for Weinstein after the Manhattan District Attorney's office declined to prosecute, citing insufficient evidence.
"If we could have prosecuted Harvey Weinstein for the conduct that occurred in 2015, we would have," Chief Assistant DA Karen Friedman-Agnifilo said in a statement provided to USA Today.