Paris Hilton, in an interview with a global magazine, recalled how Harvey Weinstein ‘freaked’ her out at the 2000 Cannes Film Festival.
One of the latest celebrities to come forward and share their horrific encounter with convicted sexual predator and former movie mogul Harvey Weinstein, is Paris Hilton.
The model-DJ-actress-entrepreneur has recently talked about an incident involving Weinstein that took place back in 2000, when the Hilton heiress was just 19.
The incident took place at the annual amfAR gala for AIDS research, which Weinstein hosted that evening, at the Cannes Film Festival in 2000. Paris was attending the event with a female friend of hers when Weinstein came up to her and asked her if she wanted to be an actress. To which, a young Paris replied saying that she would really like to be in a movie. He then said that they need to conduct a meeting and that Paris should ‘go up to his room’ and ‘read scripts’.
"I was at lunch with my girlfriend and he came up to the table and was like, 'Oh, you want to be an actress?' And I said, 'Yeah, I really want to be in a movie’... I was a teenager, so I was impressed by him. 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, on the day of the gala, things changed drastically, according to Paris Hilton’s latest interview by Glamour UK.
“I went into the bathroom and then he followed me. 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 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,” recalled Paris Hilton.
Hilton, who was aware of his reputation within the industry, further added, "It was just someone so powerful in Hollywood who everyone was terrified of. I didn't even want to say anything about it because I was like, 'I don't want people getting mad at me for saying anything,' because it was just a known thing. He was just like that and people were like, 'OK, just turn a blind eye.'"
Harvey Weinstein’s representative denied the allegations made by Paris Hilton when contacted by the magazine.
Harvey Weinstein is currently serving 23 years in an American prison after he was convicted of rape and sexual assault in 2020. An additional 16 years have been added to his sentence for his crimes just last week.
For the unversed, a little over 80 women have accused the now-disgraced movie producer of sexual abuse and misconduct that had allegedly started back in the 1990s. However, Harvey Weinstein has always maintained that he is innocent, and told a judge before his recent sentencing that the allegations are ‘about money and coming after me’.