Lauren Sivan, a reporter at Los Angeles Fox-owned station KTTV, says embattled movie producer Harvey Weinstein once cornered her in a closed restaurant and, when she rejected his advances, she said he masturbated in front of her. The incident happened in 2007 at a club in Manhattan in which Weinstein was an investor.
Sivan was a producer for Fox News and would go on to anchor overnights for the network. She joined KTTV in 2011.
Sivan told her story to Huffington Post’s Yashar Ali, who reports:
Weinstein leaned in and tried to kiss her. Sivan rejected that attempt and told him she had a long-term boyfriend. Weinstein then said to Sivan, “Well, can you just stand there and shut up.”
At this point, Weinstein and Sivan were in a vestibule between the kitchen and bathrooms. The only way for Sivan to get away from Weinstein required her to get past him and go through the kitchen. Sivan says she was trapped by Weinstein’s body and was intimidated.
Weinstein then proceeded to expose himself to Sivan and began to masturbate. Sivan said she was deeply shocked by Weinstein’s behavior and was frozen and didn’t know what to do or say. The incident in the vestibule didn’t last long. Sivan says Weinstein ejaculated quickly into a potted plant that was in the vestibule and then proceeded to zip up his pants and they walked back into the kitchen.
Sivan is one of a handful of women who have come forward accusing the movie mogul of sexually harassing them. The New York Times first reported the harassment on Thursday. Weinstein has threatened to sue the paper.
As for Sivan, she responded on Twitter earlier today about why she’s only coming forward with the story now:
For those asking why I waited?
YOU try telling that story 10yrs ago. Only possible now because of women with bigger names far braver than me
— Lauren Sivan (@LaurenSivan) October 7, 2017