'I was humiliated': Massage therapist testifies that she was victim of Harvey Weinstein's sexual assault
'One of the reasons why I didn’t want to come forward [is] because this is embarrassing," said the Jane Doe massage therapist in court
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA: A massage therapist testified that she was also a victim of Harvey Weinstein's sexual assault in a Los Angeles courtroom on October 2, Wednesday. Jane Doe, a massage therapist with several famous clients, tearfully confessed that she was also the victim of Wenstein's sexual assault at his Beverly Hills hotel in 2010. The reason why she didn't want to expose him earlier was because she felt embarassed and humiliated about the incident, reported Fox news.
When Jane was 28, she was hired by her friend to go to Weinstein's hotel in Beverly hills to give him a massage. After giving a massage to Weinstein she went on to wash her hands in the bathroom. He followed her and began mastrubating in front of her. When she tried to confront him saying that it was inappropriate, he groped her breasts by pushing her against the wall. She also admitted that she was scared that he was going to rape her.
“I said, ‘What are you doing?’” As she sat in the witness box at the Los Angeles trial of the 70-year-old former movie mogul, the woman recalled saying. “This is not appropriate! Can you please go back in the other room, and get your clothes on?”.
“I was terrified. I thought I was about to get raped.” she began to cry in the witness stand. Then she said that Weinstein was blocking the door when he forced her up against the wall and proceeded to grope her breasts. “I was in shock. I felt frozen, I felt paralyzed. I was trying to understand,” she said
She stated that on their third visit, when she reluctantly agreed to massage him again, he eventually exposed himself and masturbated once again in front of her. She went on to say that she did not accept any payment from him because she felt "humiliated" and "embarassed" for allowing this to happen repeatedly. "That’s one of the reasons why I didn’t want to come forward," she said, "because this is embarrassing."
She went on and admitted that she only informed Mel Gibson about the assaut, when he revealed during a massage that he was considering collaborating with Weinstein on a film. "I went into shock and I started crying," she said. "He was the first person that I finally opened up with about what happened. I told him that he sexually assaulted me, but I didn’t want to get into all the details, I was embarrassed and humiliated."
“If I went public that I was sexually assaulted by Harvey Weinstein, and I didn’t win, I wouldn’t have been able to work with high-profile clients and that’s all I work with.” Years later, when she did go to the police, she only spoke to them about the first incident. In her meetings with law enforcement and in her testimony to the grand jury that charged Weinstein, she only gradually revealed the other incidents.
In addition to one accusation of sexual violence against the woman, Weinstein is facing with 11 charges of rapes and sexual assault in California. He was convicted in New York and is currently serving a 23-year life sentence in prison. Weinstein's defense will most likely question the lady on Thursday, November 3, about her desire to see him once more after the initial alleged attack. She is one of the eight women set to testify in the trial against movie mogul Weinstein.