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Paris Hilton revealed in an interview that she had an awkward incident with Harvey Weinstein at the 2000 Cannes Film Festival when she was only 19 years old.
Harvey Weinstein is a former American film producer, currently convicted of sexual assault. F
Together with his brother Bob, he founded the independent film production company Miramax, with which they produced films such as The Crying Game (1992), Heavenly Creatures (1994), Flirting with Disaster (1996) and Shakespeare in Love (1998).
Hilton was at the festival to attend amfAR’s annual gala for AIDS research, which Weinstein was hosting that year. The model herself said that she met Weinstein the day before the gala.
“I was having lunch with my boyfriend and he came up to the table and said, ‘Oh, do you want to be an actress?’ And I said, ‘Yeah, I really want to be in a movie,’” Hilton said. “I was a teenager, so she impressed me. I was like, ‘OMG, Harvey Weinstein is great!’ and he said, ‘Well, we should have a meeting. You can go up to my room and read scripts’… and I just didn’t want to go, so I never went.”
Hilton went on to say that Weinstein became hostile towards her at the gala by following her into the ladies’ room yelling, “Do you want to be a star?”
“I went to the bathroom and then he followed me. He tried to open the door, he was banging on the door, banging on it,” Hilton told the outlet. “And he wouldn’t open it. And security came and literally took him away and he was like yelling, ‘This is my party,’ going crazy. He scared me and scared me ”.
Hilton revealed that she had heard a few things from the mogul before meeting him in Cannes.
“Yes, and he was someone so powerful in Hollywood that everyone was terrified. He didn’t even want to say anything about it because he was like, ‘I don’t want people to be mad at me for saying something,’ because it was a known thing. He was like that and people were like, ‘Okay, turn a blind eye.’”
Weinstein denied the bathroom incident and Hilton’s allegations. Speaking through her Los Angeles County Jail spokeswoman, Harvey said “this never happened” and that she “never yelled at him or followed her.”