Paris Hilton, the socialite and former reality TV star, recently opened up about an uncomfortable encounter she had with former Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein. The incident took place in 2000 at the Cannes Film Festival when Hilton was just 19 years old.
Weinstein, who is currently serving 23 years in a New York prison for s*xual assaults including rape, has been accused by numerous women of s*xual harassment and assault.
Hilton's Account of the Incident
In an interview with Glamour UK, Hilton spoke about the encounter with Weinstein, stating that it took place during a lunch she was having with a friend.
According to Hilton, Weinstein approached the table and asked if she wanted to be an actress, to which she replied in the affirmative. "I was a teenager, so I was impressed by him," Hilton said. "I was like, 'Oh my god, Harvey Weinstein is so cool!' and he said, 'Well, we should have a meeting.
You can come up to my room and read scripts'.. and I just didn't want to go, so I never went." However, the situation took a turn for the worse when Weinstein allegedly followed Hilton into the bathroom. Hilton claimed that Weinstein tried to open the door, shouting, "Ya wanna be a star?" and banged on the door.
Hilton, who was in a stall, refused to open the door and eventually, security was called to remove Weinstein. “I went into the bathroom and then he followed me,” Hilton said. “He tried to open the door, he was hammering on the door, banging on it.
And I wouldn’t open it, because I was like, ‘I’m in a stall, why do you want to come in here?’ And I just wouldn’t open it. And security came and literally carried him away and he was like [shouting], ‘This is my party,’ going nuts.
It scared me and freaked me out”. "It scared me and freaked me out," Hilton said. Weinstein's Response Weinstein's spokesperson denied the allegations, stating that the former producer "never yelled at her and never followed her." The spokesperson added that Weinstein had "always treated Paris Hilton with the utmost respect and kindness, and always believed they had a cordial relationship." Paris Hilton's story of her encounter with Harvey Weinstein adds to the growing list of allegations against the former Hollywood producer.
Hilton's autobiography, "Paris: The Memoir," will be published on March 14, and is expected to reveal more details from her life.
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