Lauren Holly is the latest actress to come forward with a harrowing tale of Harvey Weinstein‘s sexual harassment.
The former wife of actor Jim Carrey detailed the encounter Monday on the Canadian talk show “The Social.”
Holly had already worked with Weinstein on the 1996 film “Beautiful Girls,” so she wasn’t a newcomer to Hollywood when Harvey tried to take advantage of her.
“This happened in the late 1990’s. I was in my thirties,” Holly said (see video via TMZ). “I was not a young ingénue, and I was certainly not new to Hollywood. I was a seasoned Hollywood person.”
Holly had agreed to meet Weinstein in his hotel room to discuss her future with his company. She said it’s normal to meet with producers, directors, or writers in hotel suites, so she thought nothing of it.
At the beginning, everything was professional, but then Weinstein excused himself and returned wearing a bathrobe.
“When he walked in and he was in the bathrobe,” Holly recalled. “He said, ‘Okay, let’s get to it, this is what we’ve got going on at my company. These are the scripts we have in the pipeline. This is what I think might be right for you,’ and he gestured for me to follow him.”
Then, Weinstein abruptly dropped his robe, walked into the bathroom, and then kept talking as he took a shower.
“At this point my head was exploding,” Holly said. “He keeps the conversation going. He’s in the shower washing himself, leaning out, asking me for responses.”
Holly continued: “My head is going crazy at this point. He’s acting like the situation is normal. I’m thinking to myself, ‘Am I just a prude? Am I supposed to be more open-minded?’ I didn’t quite know how to handle myself at that moment.”
After Weinstein finished showering, he approached Holly in the nude. And that’s when alarm bells went off in her head. “I wanted to flee, I was scared,” she recalled. “He told me I looked stressed and said maybe I could use a massage, maybe I could give him a massage.”
When Holly balked, she claims Weinstein started pressuring her by saying it would be a “bad decision” if she left. That’s when she “pushed him and ran” out the door.
When she told others about the encounter at a dinner that evening, Holly said since she hadn’t been raped or assaulted, they urged her to “keep her mouth shut because it’s Harvey Weinstein.”
Lauren Holly’s story mirrors that of the 43 women who have come forward accusing Weinstein of sexual harassment and abuse. Five have accused the film mogul of raping them. More victims are coming forward every day detailing Weinstein’s predatory behavior over the course of 30 years.
What’s more shocking than Weinstein’s seedy behavior is the sickening conspiracy of silence in Hollywood and the media, which protected this predator because he was a cash cow for them. Keep that in mind the next time someone in show business trashes President Trump, rants about misogyny, or claims to be a champion for women.
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