Lauren Young: Harvey Weinstein accuser says his p***s 'looked like it had been chopped off and sewn back on'
Young testified in Weinstein's Los Angeles rape trial as prosecutors requested her to assist in showing a pattern of Weinstein's sexual misconduct
WARNING: The article contains recollection of sexual abuse that could be triggering to some readers. Discretion is advised.
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA: One of the many women who have accused Harvey Weinstein of sexual assault described how she was imprisoned in a hotel suite bathroom where the infamous film tycoon masturbated on her. Lauren Young described how she was an aspiring actress hoping to meet the former film producer in 2013 about a story she wrote when actress Claudia Salinas locked her and Weinstein in the Montage Hotel in Beverly Hills.
Young testified to the jury in Weinstein's Los Angeles rape trial as prosecutors requested her to assist in showing a pattern of Weinstein's sexual misconduct which she previously described during the disgraced mogul's New York trial in February 2020. She was not, however, one of the accusers whose accounts led to Weinstein's being found guilty of rape and sexual assault and his subsequent 23-year prison sentence. Meanwhile, Weinstein, 70, is currently charged with 11 more charges of sexual battery by restraint for the same offenses. He might spend the rest of his life in a California prison if found guilty.
Young explained to the jury in court on November 7 that she was working as a model in early 2013 and wanted to be an actress and a playwright. Claudia Salinas, Weinstein's personal assistant, who she regarded as a friend, helped her arrange a meeting with him in Beverly Hills to discuss a script she was working on for the evening of February 19, 2013. “Harvey Weinstein started the shower and immediately took off his clothes. I was disgusted," Young said in court, according to the Daily Mail. “I had never seen a big guy like that naked. I actually laughed nervously and thought ‘no, no, no,"' she added as she began to cry.
“He was just staring at me talking,” Young recalled. “I had never seen someone that big naked, so I just couldn't fathom what was even happening to me right. He was just talking about the business and other actresses. And saying this is what they do, this is how I know you can act. I kept saying ‘no no no,’” she recounted. “He just ignored what I said. Everything happened so fast.”
She alleged that Weinstein entered the shower at that point as she was still attempting to flee. But before she could escape, Weinstein shut the door after getting out of the shower. “He said, ‘We're just gonna talk.’ I said, 'No, no no no.'”
According to Young, Weinstein persisted in pestering her and eventually started "touching" her. She reportedly turned away from the movie mogul and backed up toward the sink but he unzipped the back of her dress and pushed it down to her hips, Young said. “He was grabbing my breasts and jerking off, like squinting at me, not looking at me. Holding me there and talking to me. He was just masturbating and groping me.”
She claimed that despite her repeated "no" responses, he persisted for a number of minutes and even attempted to touch her vagina despite her efforts to stop him with her hands. “I was really grossed out by his body and the look he was giving me,” Young said. “I was wondering, ‘How do I get out of here safe, what am I going to do? What are they gonna do to me?’ I was very numb feeling,” she continued. “I felt like I was outside of my body watching what was happening, I couldn't move I was frozen. I was so scared. I was scared of Harvey Weinstein. … that he would hurt me, or send someone to hurt me, or ruin my career, or make my life hell.”
While narrating the harassment incident, Young said, “He went back to groping my right breast even harder before ejaculating on the towel he was using and leaving the bathroom. I was in so much shock, I was wondering how I was going to leave, and if they were going to let me leave,” she said.
“I just wanted to get out of there as soon as possible. I pulled up my dress and I exited the bathroom. I saw Claudia Salinas right there. I shot her an evil look. She didn't say anything. She looked at me. She had this evil look. Like a smirk. Like she roped me in on something,” Young recalled.
Young admitted to having seen Weinstein getting dressed before leaving the apartment and heading to her car. “I sat in my car and cried and was in complete shock. I didn't know what to do. I didn't know if I should call the cops. I wondered, ‘What do I do? This guy is so powerful.’ I didn't know what to do. I called my friends, got a hold of them, messaged them.”
In the end, Young claimed that she made the choice not to report her ordeal to the police. “I was scared at that point that he might have an in with the cops or was corrupt like that,” she said. “I knew he had a lot of power I was really scared.”
She then went on to describe Weinstein's body. “He had rolls and he was really hairy and there was moles on his body. His penis was disgusting. It looked like it had been chopped off and sewn back on, like something wasn't right about it.” Regarding Weinstein's testicles, Young added, “I didn't really see a full sack, I literally just saw a penis.”
Young claimed she never saw Weinstein again, but the very next day, she noticed Salinas and Barbara Schneeweiss from the Weinstein Co. waiting in the lobby. “I told her, ‘Don't f******talk to me,"' Young said she told Salinas. “She didn't say anything. She stayed there and just was right by me until I went into the office room. She talked to Barbara for a little bit. She talked about job offers that they wanted to give me, I told her I wasn't really interested in doing reality TV.”
Young continued saying that she was worried about what would happen if she skipped the meeting but never followed through. She didn't decide to call a police hotline until the #MeToo movement began to gain traction in 2017 after other people began speaking out.