Harvey Weinstein Scandal: Freelance Script Reader Says Mogul Wanted Her to Join Him in Bath
Liza Campbell, an artist and writer, reveals a sleazy encounter with the then-Miramax executive.
Writer and artist Liza Campbell has added her story to the growing number of accounts of women who claim they were sexually harassed by Harvey Weinstein.
Writing for the U.K.'s Sunday Times, Campbell shares that Weinstein once asked her to "jump in the bath" with him as she heard him disrobe after summoning her to his hotel room in the Savoy for what she believed was a business meeting.
Campbell says she heard Weinstein ask, “Come on, it’ll be fun. We can drink champagne. You can soap me — whaddaya say?”
The writer, who was working as a freelance script-reader for Weinstein's Miramax, recalls feeling a mixture of anger and fear.
"My immediate reaction was fury. I’m a mother, a bloody grown-up, not some naive ingénue; what the hell does he take me for? I also felt fear," Campbell writes for the Times. "Harvey Weinstein is huge, a pocked bullock, like a hitman from The Sopranos."
She responded to his overtures by saying, loudly: “If you come back into this room with no clothes on I’m going to fucking lose my temper.”
But then Campbell realized she needed to escape. She ran to the door she entered through, but it was locked, and tiptoed to another door nearby, which was also locked. She then spied an exit and the end of a short hallway off which his bedroom and bathroom lay, so she sprinted past him, opened the door and left.
But the experience stayed with her.
"It took me days to calm down from the anger I felt and the crushing realization that there never was a job; only a hidden hook," Campbell writes.
And after The New York Times uncovered decades of alleged sexual harassment from Weinstein in a story published online on Thursday, Campbell says those tales, from actress Ashley Judd and others, line up with her experience.
"When a friend sent me the piece about allegations of Harvey Weinstein harassing women, I read the headline and thought: “That train has taken way too long to pull into the station.” Reading on, I was struck by how amazingly familiar the claims about his modus operandi were to me," she writes.
Later, Campbell adds, "When you consider the almost identical stories coming out about him now, it seems likely to me that he has been at it for more than 20 years."
Campbell says she met Weinstein in the 1980s when they spontaneously shared a cab and he invited her to a screening of a film he was producing. They crossed paths again before she began working for Miramax on a freelance basis in 1995 after her marriage ended and she found herself a single mother of two small children struggling to find work.
Campbell summarized and critiqued scripts for Shakespeare in Love and The Usual Suspects before the screenplays stopped being sent to her; she called Miramax about it, but nothing happened.
A few months later, Weinstein called and when she told him that her work had stopped, he invited her to his suite at the Savoy for what seemed like a mid-afternoon business meeting, telling her, "You better come to my hotel and we’ll sort this out.”
While there were initially a few assistants with him, they quickly left and he sat down to chat with Campbell for a few minutes before excusing himself to go to the bathroom. She then heard the water running and Weinstein invited her to join him.
On Sunday night, The Weinstein Company announced that its board of directors had fired Harvey Weinstein, "in light of new information about misconduct."
Oct. 9, 11:58 a.m. This story has been updated with Harvey Weinstein being fired by The Weinstein Company's board of directors.