Harvey Weinstein Scandal Spills Into Canada

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David Krayden Ottawa Bureau Chief
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Harvey Weinstein’s accusers now stretch into Canada. Montreal actress Erika Rosenbaum is accusing the Hollywood producer of sexual assault and harassment, CBC News reports.

According to Rosenbaum, she was a victim of Weinstein’s unwanted advances almost 15 years ago. The actress says Weinstein forcibly took her neck in his hand and began masturbating in front of a mirror.

“He did that while looking me right in the eye,” the “Smurfs 2” actress said.

Rosenbaum recounts meeting Weinstein at a Los Angeles party when the actress had first arrived in Hollywood from her native Canada. Rosenbaum says a conversation at the party led to Weinstein suggesting that the two meet at a separate location to further examine the actress’s career prospects.

Just before the planned meeting, Weinstein switched the venue to a hotel room. Rosenbaum said when she arrived there, Weinstein wasn’t talking business anymore.

“I suddenly found myself fending him off, as though we were on a first date and he was making unwanted advances,” Rosenbaum told CBC News on Thursday night.

Aware that Weinstein was a powerful man in Hollywood, she did her best to discourage him but ended up by agreeing to give the producer a massage.

“It was like a surreal scene from a bad movie, I massaged his back and then he let me go. I walked away confused and ashamed,” she said.

Rosenbaum has a number of U.S. films to her credit, co-starring in “Brooklyn,” “Wicker Park” and “The Trotsky.”

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