Former Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein used his assistants to aid his alleged sexual misconduct, according to a Tuesday New York Times report.
Weinstein’s assistants would reportedly transport his alleged victims to hotel rooms, TheNYT reported. The young actresses were advised to keep quiet, lest any word of inappropriate conduct slip out.
“They compiled ‘bibles’ that included hints on facilitating encounters with women, and were required to procure his penile injections for erectile dysfunction,” wrote the team of NYT reporters that compiled the report. “His lawyers crafted settlements that kept the truth from being explored, much less exposed.”
Many of Weinstein’s assistants were young women with little power, who would reportedly help persuade actresses and models to meet with the movie mogul in private hotel rooms with “chilling detachment.”
One accuser, Ashley Matthau, said that one of Weinstein’s assistants helped her into a car in 2004, assuring her that the producer wanted to see her for “business purposes.” Weinstein then allegedly masturbated on Matthau in his hotel room while the assistant waited outside.
“She wouldn’t even acknowledge me,” Matthau said of the assistant. “It just seemed like a well-oiled machine.”
Another assistant, Michelle Franklin, said that when she saw women leaving Weinstein’s room visibly distressed, she confronted the producer about it. “It’s not my job, and I don’t want to do it,” Franklin said when she ushered a woman to Weinstein’s room. “Your opinion doesn’t count,” Weinstein allegedly responded.
Former presidential candidate Hillary Clinton and her husband Bill were also reportedly Weinstein’s “celebrity shields,” downplaying allegations that the producer was engaging inappropriate conduct.