14:24, October 10 403 0 theguardian.com

2017-10-10 14:24:03
Audio released by New Yorker appears to have confession by Harvey Weinstein

Embattled film executive Harvey Weinstein appears to confess to sexual assault in an audio recording released by the New Yorker on Tuesday.

In March 2015, Filipina-Italian model Ambra Battilana Gutierrez accused Weinstein of groping her breasts and putting his hand up her skirt during a meeting at his office.

She filed a complaint with the New York Police Department (NYPD), and the next night met with Weinstein again, supported by a NYPD undercover operation and while wearing a wire, according to the New Yorker.

Audio posted by the New Yorker in which Harvey Weinstein allegedly admits to groping Ambra Battilana Gutierrez

During that meeting at the Tribeca Grand Hotel, Weinstein asked Gutierrez, then 22, to go upstairs, according to the magazine.

The New Yorker’s excerpt of a police audio recording takes place in the hallway outside Weinstein’s room, according to Ronan Farrow’s report.

In the audio, a woman the New Yorker identifies as Gutierrez asks a man, who the magazine says is Weinstein, why he touched her breasts the day before. He apologizes.

“Oh, please, I’m sorry, just come on in,” Weinstein says. “I’m used to that. Come on. Please.”

“You’re used to that?” asks Gutierrez.

“Yes. Come in ... I won’t do it again, come on, sit here. Sit here for a minute, please?”

She continues to resist.

“I will never do another thing to you,” he said. “Five minutes. Don’t ruin your friendship with me for five minutes.”

Weinstein has been contacted for comment. In a statement to the New Yorker his spokeswoman said: “Any allegations of non-consensual sex are unequivocally denied by Mr Weinstein.”

The NYPD said it investigated a misdemeanor sexual abuse complaint against Weinstein and the case was referred to the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office. The office decided not to file charges.

Gutierrez’s allegation was reported widely at the time, prompting reporters to investigate the then 22-year-old model. Reporters found she had attended the famed Bunga Bunga parties hosted by former Italian prime minister, Silvio Berlusconi, and that when she was a teenager, she had made an allegation of sexual assault against an older Italian businessman.

Gutierrez told the New Yorker she was unable to discuss the incident.