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Even before she left the room, she
says she was blaming herself. "I'm feel-
ing, 'I did this,'" she recalls thinking.
"'I put myself here, and now I have
to clean up my mess.'" But she hoped
it was just a one-time thing. And, she
stresses, she wanted to keep the men-
torship --- and what she believed was a
friendship --- on track.
More meetings followed. Some, but
not all, ended up in hotel rooms, she
says. The woman says she refused to
have intercourse with Weinstein. But
she says he persisted in other ways, in-
cluding pressuring her into oral sex. On
three occasions, when she refused to
participate in three-way sex, he directed
her to watch him engage in activity with
the other woman, she says. And what
became "the norm," she says, is that he
would pleasure himself behind her as
she stood naked in front of a mirror.
The young woman says she felt so
debased and ashamed by these en-
counters that she lied to all her close
friends and family, saying everything
was above board.
After nine months, she inally told
her parents what had been happening.
Soon after, the young woman deleted
all texts from Weinstein, she says. The
AP has seen written journal entries re-
ferring to him, and emails of a non-inti-
mate nature; it has also spoken to family
members and her manager, who feel
she should stay anonymous, given her
young age and fledgling career.
Through a spokesman, Weinstein has
consistently denied all allegations of
non-consensual sex. (Representatives
did not reply to repeated requests for
comment on this story.)
The woman inds that questionable.
"I said 'No' the irst few times but then I
just did it," she says.
"I felt like I didn't have an option."
She adds: "I wasn't sure what he
would do if I said no. I had heard he
could make someone completely obso-
lete in a second. I was scared of that."
Rosenbaum, too, was in her early
20s when she met Weinstein. "I was the
same age and probably a very similar
young woman --- a little bit of talent and
ambition and brains," she says.
She too ended up in a hotel room,
where she alleges he coaxed her into a
massage. She decided complying was
the safe way out.
"I didn't want to humiliate the
all-powerful Oz," she told the Times.
The next time Rosenbaum found
herself in a hotel room with Weinstein,
the producer brought her into a bath-
room, where, she alleges, he stood her
in front of a mirror, held her by the
back of the neck and masturbated be-
She had one more encounter, in his
of ice, where she says he also made
"He didn't have a gun to my head, he
didn't wrestle me to the floor," Rosen-
baum told the Times of their meetings,
which took place over an extended
"I just didn't know how to get out."
After that, she says, "I lied to cover my
embarrassment and my shame," keep-
ing the secret from others.
But when the Weinstein story broke
this month, Rosenbaum, who lives
in Montreal, was in a far different
place than she was 15 years ago. Now
a mother of three small children, she
says the intervening years had pro-
vided needed perspective.
"My life is full and balanced in a way
it wasn't when I was young," she says.
"It's bigger than just work. I see the
long game now. That balance gave me
the ability to be honest."
Still, the decision to go public wasn't
simple. "I still very much believed that
I could be blackballed as a trouble-
maker," she says.
Even now, when so many more
women have come out, she says she
realises "there may well be people who
don't want to work with me. But there
will also be people who do."
She has been buoyed, she says, by
the "sisterhood of women" who have
been reaching out to her---some to
thank her, others to tell their own sto-
As the young woman did. When they
spoke by telephone, Rosenbaum says,
one question the younger woman grap-
pled with was how she had allowed
herself to get into those unwanted sex-
ual situations with Weinstein.
And then Rosenbaum told her some-
thing that she found comforting.
"I told her something about consent,
that I did not know at her age," Rosen-
baum says. "I told her that if you're
afraid to say no, then it isn't consent."
Gwyneth Paltrow said she was harassed by Harvey Weinstein as well. PICTURE AP
'I just didnt know
how to get out'
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