Disgraced film producer Harvey Weinstein has been accused of sexual assault by multiple women, though that didn’t stop him from popping into a New York City bar recently to enjoy himself with friends. But some guests at the private East Village event made it known that his presence was not welcome.
“Nobody’s going to say anything!? I’m going to stand four feet from a f—ing rapist and nobody is going to say anything?” shouted Zoe Stuckless in a video that made the rounds on social media Thursday. Stuckless confronted Weinstein as he sat with a handful of people at a tucked away table in Downtime bar, pointing at him as she spoke. The private event, Actors’ Hour, was described as a a speakeasy-style show dedicated to young artists. Weinstein is seen sitting in a booth wedged between two women, with a drink in hand. Later, Stuckless said publicly, “In some ways tonight was a horrible, painful reminder of the power a man like Weinstein holds even now,” Stuckless wrote. “It was a reminder that even in this time of relative awareness it is hypnotically easy to be pulled into a culture of silence.”
Hey all, I know I’m late to the conversation here. I don’t usually use twitter but it seems like that’s where a lot of this conversation is happening. Last night I confronted Harvey Weinstein in a bar along with a number of other artists. Heres the thread (1/?) #HarveyWeinstein pic.twitter.com/L8Oee5hAO7
— Zoe Stuckless (@revoltchild) October 25, 2019
But Stuckless wasn’t the only outraged bystander to call out Weinstein, who is facing multiple charges of rape and sexual misconduct for the alleged assaults.
Comedian Kelly Bachman put a literal spotlight on Weinstein at the venue while she was on stage, saying “Do we know what that is? Yeah it’s Freddy Krueger in the room, if you will,” Bachman said. “I didn’t know we had to bring our own Mace and rape whistles to Actors’ Hour.”
Bachman’s comments were met by several boos from male members of the audience. She later revealed that she was a survivor of sexual assault. Another woman, comedian Amber Rollo, took to Twitter to vent about her run in with Weinstein, saying not only was he invited, but he was “supported.”
“I was shocked to see him out, but not because I thought he would have shame, he is a sociopath and clearly has no shame. I’m shocked because he was invited to an event put on by and for artists,” said Rollo.
Rollo also said on Twitter that she called him a “f—-ng monster” and was then called a “c–t” by a man that was seated with him.
— Kelly Bachman (@bellykachman) October 24, 2019
In response, Weinstein’s rep released a statement calling the encounters “downright rude,” telling NBC that Weinstein “was out with friends enjoying the music and trying to find some solace in his life that has been turned upside down. This scene was uncalled for, downright rude and an example of how due process today is being squashed by the public, trying to take it away in the courtroom too.”
Another Weinstein spokesperson, Juda Engelmayer, told BuzzFeed News, “I would just point out that accusations are not convictions, and due process is still the foundation of each and every one of our civil rights in this country.” Weinstein has denied all allegations of non-consensual sex.