Female news anchor accuses Harvey Weinstein of masturbating in front of her

A former news anchor has come forward to accuse Harvey Weinstein of forcing her to watch him masturbate in the hallway of a restaurant. Lauren Sivan, a former news anchor in New York, tells the Huffington Post that Weinstein trapped her in the hallway of a restaurant and masturbated in front of her until he ejaculated into a potted plant in the hall.

In the article by Yashar Ali, Sivan explains that she did not come forward with the accusation sooner because she was in a relationship at the time and she feared Weinstein’s power, but she did relay the event to friends.

The masturbation incident, which took place a decade ago at the restaurant-club Socialista, occurred after Sivan rebuffed his attempt to kiss her. Weinstein did not respond to Ali’s request for response.

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BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JUNE 03: Lauren Sivan at the Brooks Brothers Beverly Hills summer camp party benefitting St. Jude Children's Research Hospital at Brooks Brothers Rodeo on June 3, 2017 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Donato Sardella/Getty Images for Brooks Brothers)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JULY 25: Robert Kovacik (L) and Lauren Sivan attend the 67th Los Angeles Area Emmy Awards at Skirball Cultural Center on July 25, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Gabriel Olsen/FilmMagic)
LOS ANGELES, CA - DECEMBER 08: Television reporter Lauren Sivan (L) and photographer Todd Oren attend the Dylan's Candy BarN launch event at Dylan's Candy Bar on December 8, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Tiffany Rose/Getty Images for Dylan's Candy Bar)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JULY 25: Lauren Sivan attends the 67th Los Angeles area Emmy Awards at Skirball Cultural Center on July 25, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Tibrina Hobson/Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - NOVEMBER 13: Actress/TV host Lauren Sivan attends 'A Letter To My Cat: Notes To Our Best Friends' book launch party at Pussy and Pooch Pet Lifestyle Center on November 13, 2014 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Beck Starr/WireImage)
NORTH HOLLYWOOD, CA - JULY 26: Television reporter Lauren Sivan arrives at the 66th Los Angeles Area Emmy Awards at Leonard H. Goldenson Theatre on July 26, 2014 in North Hollywood, California. (Photo by Oliver Walker/FilmMagic)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - OCTOBER 23: Lauren Sivan attends the L.A. launch for Jeff Vespa's new book 'The Art of Discovery' at Brooks Brothers Rodeo on October 23, 2014 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Araya Diaz/WireImage)
NORTH HOLLYWOOD, CA - JULY 26: Television reporter Lauren Sivan (L) and photographer Todd Oren attend the 66th Los Angeles Area Emmy Awards at the Leonard H. Goldenson Theatre on July 26, 2014 in North Hollywood, California. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)
2010 New York's Funniest Reporter Lauren Sivan attends the 6th Annual New York's Funniest Reporter Show at Comic Strip Live on August 20, 2011 in New York City.
Cheryl Casone of the Fox Business Network (L) and Fox News anchor Lauren Sivan attends St. Pawtricks Yappy Hour benefiting the Humane Society of New York at the Muse Hotel on March 16, 2011 in New York City. (Photo by D Dipasupil/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 20: 2010 New York's Funniest Reporter Lauren Sivan performs at the 6th Annual New York's Funniest Reporter Show at Comic Strip Live on August 20, 2011 in New York City. (Photo by Michael Stewart/WireImage)
NEW YORK - AUGUST 19: Lauren Sivan attends New York's Funniest Reporter Show at Gotham Comedy Club on August 19, 2010 in New York City. (Photo by John Lamparski/WireImage)
NEW YORK - AUGUST 19: Lauren Sivan attends New York's Funniest Reporter Show at Gotham Comedy Club on August 19, 2010 in New York City. (Photo by John Lamparski/WireImage)
NEW YORK - AUGUST 19: Lauren Sivan attends New York's Funniest Reporter Show at Gotham Comedy Club on August 19, 2010 in New York City. (Photo by Ben Gabbe/Getty Images)
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Also on Huffington Post, Jennifer Siebel Newsom, a filmmaker and wife of California Lt. Governor Gavin Newsom, published a column in which she shared her thoughts on the Harvey Weinstein allegations and called for the end of “open secrets” of sexual harassment by powerful Hollywood producers and other elites.

Weinstein has taken an indefinite leave of absencefrom the Weinstein Co. amid sexual harassment allegations from several women.

“Based on my years in the industry and unfortunately, my own personal experience with Harvey Weinstein, I can tell you that I believe every single word that was written in the extremely disturbing, but not all that shocking, New York Times piece published yesterday,” wrote Newsom. “Not all that shocking because very similar things happened to me. I was naive, new to the industry, and didn’t know how to deal with his aggressive advances ― work invitations with a friend late-night at The Toronto Film Festival, and later an invitation to meet with him about a role in The Peninsula Hotel, where staff were present and then all of a sudden disappeared like clockwork, leaving me alone with this extremely powerful and intimidating Hollywood legend.”

In 2011, Newsom, who is an outspoken advocate for of womens’ rights, made the documentary “Miss Representation” which deals with the lack of women in power in America and the media’s dearth of powerful female portrayals.

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TORONTO, ON - SEPTEMBER 09: Film Producer Harvey Weinstein attends Alfonso Gomez-Rejon's 'The Current War' TIFF Premiere Party Hosted by Cactus Club Cafe And Johnnie Walker Black Label at First Canadian Place on September 9, 2017 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by GP Images/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 07: Film producer Harvey Weinstein attends the premiere of 'House of Z' hosted by Brooks Brothers with The Cinema Society at Crosby Street Hotel on September 7, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Jim Spellman/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 2: (L-R) Elizabeth Olsen, Harvey Weinstein and Georgina Chapman attend The Weinstein Company with FIJI, Grey Goose, Lexus and NetJets host the after party for 'Wind River' at The Skylark on August 2, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Paul Bruinooge/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
CAP D'ANTIBES, FRANCE - MAY 25: Harvey Weinstein (L) and Georgina Chapman attend the amfAR Gala Cannes 2017 at Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc on May 25, 2017 in Cap d'Antibes, France. (Photo by Dave Benett/amfAR2017/Dave Benett/WireImage for amfAR )
CAP D'ANTIBES, FRANCE - MAY 25: Harvey Weinstein speaks on stage during the amfAR Gala Cannes 2017 at Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc on May 25, 2017 in Cap d'Antibes, France. (Photo by Dominique Charriau/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 11: Co-creator, Executive Producer & Actor Aziz Ansari, film producer Harvey Weinstein and VP of Original Series for Netflix Cindy Holland attend the Netflix Master Of None S2, Premiere NY Screening 2017 on May 11, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Michael Loccisano/Getty Images for Netflix)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 09: Film producer Harvey Weinstein poses with writer Plum Sykes during her book launch celebration for 'Party Girls Die In Pearls' at Brooks Brothers on May 9, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Jim Spellman/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 4: Harvey Weinstein speaks at International Centre for Missing & Exploited Children 2017 Gala for Child Protection at Gotham Hall on May 4, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Owen Hoffmann/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
BROOKLYN, NY - APRIL 30: (Exclusive Coverage) Harvey Weinstein attends 1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge celebrates 25th Anniversary of 'Reservoir Dogs' with private party for Harvey Weinstein and Quentin Tarantino at 1 Hotel on April 30, 2017 in Brooklyn, New York. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for 1 Hotel)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 28: Film Producer Harvey Weinstein attends 'Reservoir Dogs' 25th Anniversary Screening during 2017 Tribeca Film Festival at The Beacon Theatre on April 28, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Gilbert Carrasquillo/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 19: Harvey Weinstein attends the 2017 National Geographic FURTHER FRONT at Jazz at Lincoln Center's Frederick P. Rose Hall on April 19, 2017 in New York City (Photo by Daniel Zuchnik/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 13: (L-R) Harvey Weinstein, Don Lemon, and Dan Abrams attend The Hollywood Reporter 35 Most Powerful People In Media 2017 at The Pool on April 13, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images for The Hollywood Reporter)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 25: Harvey Weinstein and Blake Lively attend 2017 Time 100 Gala at Jazz at Lincoln Center on April 25, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for TIME)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 04: Harvey Weinstein is seen on April 4, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Raymond Hall/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 08: Harvey Weinstein, and Jay Z speak onstage during TIME AND PUNISHMENT: A Town Hall Discussion with JAY Z and Harvey Weinstein on Spike TV at MTV Studios on March 8, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Dave Kotinsky/Getty Images for Spike)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 26: Producer Harvey Weinstein (L) and designer Georgina Chapman arrive at the 89th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood & Highland Center on February 26, 2017 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Dan MacMedan/Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - FEBRUARY 25: (L-R) Actor Dev Patel, producer Harvey Weinstein and actress Priyanka Bose attend The Weinstein Company's Pre-Oscar Dinner in partnership with Bvlgari and Grey Goose at Montage Beverly Hills on February 25, 2017 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for The Weinstein Company)
LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 24: Filmmaker Sam Taylor-Johnson (L) and Producer Harvey Weinstein attend a dinner to celebrate The GCC and The Journey To Sustainable Luxury on February 24, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by David M. Benett/Dave Benett/ Getty Images for Eco-Age)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 15: Mandy Moore, Harvey Weinstein and Anna Wintour attend the Marchesa Fashion show during New York Fashion Week: The Shows at Skylight Clarkson Sq on February 15, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Gonzalo Marroquin/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 12: Kat Florence (L) and Harvey Weinstein attend as The Weinstein Company, Entertainment Film Distributors and STUDIOCANAL celebrate the 2017 BAFTA after party in partnership with Ben Sherman, Kat Florence, and Grey Goose at Rosewood London on February 12, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by David M. Benett/Dave Benett/Getty Images for The Weinstein Company)
LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 09: Harvey Weinstein attends the Power of Film and Moving Images symposium at The Royal Institution on February 9, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by David M. Benett/Dave Benett/Getty Images)
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Newsom’s letter delves beyond Weinstein to the heart of the problem: the unspoken and complicit acknowledgement that Hollywood’s most powerful men were leveraging their positions of power to sexually harass and abuse female employees then silence them from speaking out or taking legal action.

“Let this be the end of ‘open secrets.’ Let there be no more passive waiting for the victims to reach a certain number before we actually do something about this culture of sexual harassment and assault. And let this really be the end of Harvey Weinstein and the Weinstein’s of the world― no matter their wealth, no matter their power, no matter their privilege,” she wrote. “We need more people in power ― particularly men in power ― to break the code of silence and stand up for what is right and what is just and challenge this culture of sexual harassment and assault against women.”

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