Actress, comedian and writer Sarah Ann Masse spoke to Variety about the alleged incident that happened back in 2008. The babysitter job was a means to support herself as she pursued her acting career in the Big Apple.
After a month of interviews with Harvey’s assistants, she was invited into one of his Westport homes for an in-person interview. When Sarah arrived, she was immediately taken aback by his attire.
“Harvey Weinstein opened the door in his boxer shorts and an undershirt,” she revealed to Variety. “My first thought was, ‘Oh, this is weird. Maybe he forgot this interview is happening. Maybe he thought I was the mailman. I’m sure he’ll be embarrassed and excuse himself and get changed.’ But he didn’t.”
He then brought Sarah into the living room, where he conducted the entire interview in his underwear, according to the report. “I tried to tell myself it was just an odd quirk, that it was fine, and to keep going with the interview,” she said.
When two of Harvey’s children entered the room, he immediately screamed at them to leave and not return until Sarah left, which she found “really weird.” “I’ve interviewed for a lot of nanny jobs and [the parents] were always eager for me to meet the children and see how I interacted with them,” she said. “He had this big burst of anger. I knew he had a reputation for being tough and intimidating, but I still thought it was odd.”
He asked her if her emerging acting career would conflict with the nanny schedule. She said that was not the case. “Then he said, ‘Okay,’ smiled at me, and said, ‘You would never flirt with my friends or anyone to get ahead?’” Sarah told Variety. “And I said, ‘Absolutely not, I would never feel comfortable with that.’”
When the interview ended, Sarah expected a handshake. That didn’t happen. Instead, he gave her “this really tight, close hug that lasted for quite a long period of time.” “He was still in his underwear,” she added. “Then he told me he loved me. I left right after that.”
When she left, Sarah said that she “didn’t feel right about it,” but initially assumed that was the way bigwigs in the entertainment industry acted.
She then found out a couple of days later from one of Harvey’s assistants that he decided to not hire her because she is an actor. “It felt like I dodged a bullet,” she said.
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