Australian Actress Claims Harvey Weinstein Groped Her (Report)
Natalie Mendoza says, in Facebook posts reported by Australia's Herald Sun newspaper, that she told the mogul she'd "punch him if he didn’t take his hands off me."
Australian actress Natalie Mendoza opened up about allegedly being groped by Harvey Weinstein in a couple of Facebook posts, according to a report Saturday in Australia's Herald Sun newspaper.
Mendoza says she was lunged at by Weinstein during a private meeting, while she was filming 2005's The Great Raid, the newspaper reports.
“I might have told Mr W mid-script ‘meeting’ after he sent his assistant out that I'd punch him if he didn’t take his hands off me,” she wrote in a Facebook post viewed by the Herald Sun. “Shook all the way home but high-fived myself for knowing my self worth in my early 20s."
In a second post, the Herald Sun reports, Mendoza wrote, "I was so naive I did not realize it was a set-up. I managed to escape with my integrity intact. I was shaken and dazed but OK."
The actress, whose credits also include Moulin Rouge and the Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark stage musical, also called out "girls in L.A. that sleep with directors and producers for roles."
“Such women too are complicit in this abuse of power. So are the men that protect this sort of abhorrent behavior," Mendoza wrote. “It makes my stomach turn. Can’t buy talent and integrity.”
Reps for Mendoza have not yet responded to The Hollywood Reporter's request for comment.