Former Brazilian Model Used Broken Glass to Defend Herself Against Harvey Weinstein
"I was shocked. I was completely in disbelief," said Juliana de Paula of her traumatizing encounter with the disgraced film producer.
Former Brazilian model Juliana De Paula has come forward with her own story about Harvey Weinstein's sexual harassment.
She told the Times that Weinstein groped her and forced her to kiss other models at his New York loft 10 years ago. She added that when she tried to leave, he chased her around naked, and she had to fight him off with broken glass. "He looked at me and he started to laugh," said De Paula. "I was shocked. I was completely in disbelief."
Models Samantha Panagrosso and Zoe Brock were also among the women to tell the Times about the inappropriate sexual advances that Weinstein made toward them.
Weinstein wasn't only known in the film business, he was also highly involved in the fashion industry. He served as an executive producer on Project Runway (his production credit has since been removed), tried to revive both the Halston and Charles James brands (neither happened) and played a role in getting stars to wear his wife Georgina Chapman's brand Marchesa on the red carpet. Weinstein was also a regular with Chapman at Vogue's annual Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute Gala, which is co-hosted by Anna Wintour.
Since the New York Times and New Yorker exposés were published, many women from both the entertainment and fashion industries have shared stories of their harrowing experiences with Weinstein, including Cara Delevingne, Angie Everhart and more.
Last week, not-for-profit labor organization Model Alliance issued a statement and called on the industry to have zero tolerance for harassment. The labor advocacy group, founded by model and activist Sara Ziff in 2012, also condemned Weinstein's alleged acts as "horrific and unacceptable," adding that "this exploitative, bullying behavior is more prevalent in the fashion industry than many people would like to acknowledge."
On Monday, New York State Assemblywoman Nily Rozic drafted legislation that aims to protect models in the fashion industry against a similar kind of abuse at the hands of those in power.
Weinstein is also under investigation for sexual assault in Los Angeles, New York and London.