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Harvey Weinstein tried hard to meet Aishwarya Rai alone, claims former manager

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New York: Strange were the ways of Hollywood studio boss Harvey Weinstein: his amorous advances and alleged sexual harassment of several starlets is now part of American folklore.

After New York Times ran a series on his acquisitions, many Hollywood celebrities have come forward to recount how they had to suffer a kinky Weinstein. These included Angelina Jolie and Gwyneth Paltrow, who have accused the movie mogul of sexually harassing them as they recalled their traumatic experiences.

If a report on a popular Hollywood website is to be trusted, Harvey was also keen on meeting Aishwarya Rai Bachchan alone. However, her manager ensured it never happened. Talent manager, Simone Sheffield, was quoted in the report as saying, “I used to manage Indian actress Aishwarya Rai. While dealing with Harvey I found it comical how hard he tried to get Aishwarya alone. But he was a pig…


looked and acted like a big bully pig. He asked me to leave the meeting numerous times and I politely declined. ‘’ But Paltrow was not so lucky: while speaking to The New York Times, she described how she was summoned to Weinstein’s hotel room, where he touched her and suggested a massage in the bedroom. Weinstein had just roped in her as the title character in the adaptation of Jane Austen’s “Emma.”

Jolie too recollected Weinstein making advances in a hotel room early in her career. She never worked with him again. Following multiple sexual assault allegations against him, actresses Jennifer Lawrence, Meryl Streep and Kate Winslet hailed those who spoke up about being harassed and assaulted by Weinstein.