“Never stop fighting for what is right.” These are the words posted by New York-based Filipino Italian model Ambra Battilana Gutierrez, after news broke last week of Hollywood film producer Harvey Weinstein’s charges of rape and sex abuse.
“I was sexually assaulted and nobody believed me, and it felt like all the world came on me.”
In 2015, the then 22-year-old met Weinstein in New York for a business meeting that turned into what she describes as sexual assault.
When Gutierrez reported the incident to police, officials then planned a sting operation where they wired Gutierrez and extracted a confession from Weinstein.
But the investigation went nowhere after details of Gutierrez’s past appeared in tabloids.
No charges were filed against Weinstein at that time after Gutierrez signed, in return for payment, a non-disclosure agreement with Weinstein – that included an affidavit stating that the acts Weinstein admitted in the recording never happened.
In a statement, the Manhattan district attorney’s office said, “What emerged from the audio was insufficient to prove a crime under New York law, which requires prosecutors to establish criminal intent.”
But Weinstein turned himself into New York City police, where he appeared in criminal court.
He was charged “for two separate forcible sexual assaults against two different women.”
Prosecutors did not identify those women, but said the crimes took place in 2004 and 2013. A judge set Weinstein’s bail at $10 million, which he posted $1 million to under the terms of his release.
Gutierrez took to social media this morning to share the news of Weinstein’s arrest, and appeared to thank some of the women who’ve also come forward against Weinstein.
In all, more than 70 women have accused him of sexual misconduct.
Weinstein denies having non-consensual sex with anyone. Weinstein’s lawyer says his client intends to plead not guilty to the charges.