Mika Brzezinski 'can't go forward' with Weinstein book deal

Mika Brzezinski 'can't go forward' with Weinstein book deal

One day after a New York Times report revealed decades of sexual-harassment accusations made by women against the Weinstein Company's Harvey Weinstein - including but not limited to "appearing almost or fully naked in front of them, requiring them to be present while he bathed or repeatedly asking for a massage or initiating one himself" - Fox News reporter Lauren Sivan has gone on the record with the Huffington Post to make a similarly distressing allegation. Now, a former reporter for News 12 says that Weinstein essentially trapped her in a deserted NYC restaurant and masturbated in front of her. Sivan says that Weinstein contacted her the next day saying he "had a great time last night" and asked if she wanted to meet him after a trip.

"As Harvey has said, it is important for him to get professional help for the problems he has acknowledged".

Lauren Sivan, who was working in TV at the time the incident happened about a decade ago, came forward with a story that Weinstein cornered her in the kitchen of a restaurant where he was an investor, exposed himself, and masturbated in front of her.

A friend of Sivan's who was interviewed for the article and who was there at Socialista on the night told HuffPo that she'd said to Sivan that if she didn't come back from her trip with Weinstein in 10 minutes, she'd come looking for her.

So scary for her - and so disgusting and unacceptable for Weinstein. She said that she met Weinstein, a friend, and others at an Italian restaurant.




Weinstein Books announced in July that it would publish three books by Brzezinski, with the first, a revised edition of her bestseller "Knowing Your Value: Women, Money, and Getting What You're Worth", slated for release in spring 2018 and two more books in the series set for fall 2018.

She called for Weinstein to "resign from his companies, face his sickness, and go into a long, self-imposed exile". She and her friend quickly left following the encounter. Sivan said that as soon as they were alone, Weinstein attempted to kiss her. She has not interacted with Weinstein since the incident in 2007.

The friend began to go downstairs but was stopped by a security guard who told her she was not allowed.

Three members of The Weinstein Company board have quit and the married mogul, 65, is taking a leave of absence.

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