Ms. Sivan recalled the alleged encounter after The New York Times published a bombshell report Thursday revealing that Mr. Weinstein, the head of The Weinstein Company and Miramax film studios, reached at least eight settlements with women dating back almost three decades in response to similar previously unpublicized allegations of sexual harassment and other misconduct, including several leading actresses.
Former Fox News reporter Lauren Sivan told The Huffington Post on Friday that the influential producer once trapped her in the hallway of a restaurant during a private event and masturbated in front of her until he ejaculated.
The aforementioned friend, who needed to remain anonymous for HuffPo's article due to employer restrictions on talking to the press, had been trying to get downstairs to Sivan since 10 minutes had been up.
"Harvey Weinstein needs to resign from his companies, face his sickness, and go into a long, self-imposed exile", Brezinski wrote in a tweet Saturday, linking to a New York Times story titled, "Harvey Weinstein's Media Enablers".
Weinstein then dismissed the two staffers in the kitchen. She rebuffed him by explaining that she was in a long-term relationship, at which point Weinstein responded by saying, "Well, can you just stand there and shut up", before exposing himself and starting to masturbate in front of her.
By the time she headed toward the kitchen, Sivan and Weinstein had emerged, the friend said. Sivan said that as soon as they were alone, Weinstein attempted to kiss her.
The Huffington Post contacted Weinstein's company for comment but has not heard back yet.
She called for Weinstein's resignation from the company, suggesting that he "face his sickness, and go into a long, self-imposed exile".
Kim Masters, the Hollywood Reporter's editor at large, told the NY Times, "The unfortunate reality of Hollywood is that if someone has money, then they can generally find some kind of audience of people who are interested in working with them".
Speaking to the New York Times a day prior to her interview with Stephanopoulos, Bloom had said: "The allegations if true would constitute sexual harassment".
"Bob may have even fed this story" to the Times, the insider said. The company is also hiring outside counsel to investigate the claims of sexual harassment.