Recently, women who worked for entertainment mogul Harvey Weinstein as assistants divulged some of the behind-the-scenes details of their jobs. These off-color tasks included renting an apartment for the director and filling it with lingerie, and even arranging for him to receive erectile dysfunction injections.
Former employees Sandeep Rehal, Lauren O’Connor, Michelle Franklin along with several other shared these details and much more with the New York Times. Rehal, in her late twenties when she began work as Weinstein’s assistant, states that she and Franklin (also in her mid-twenties) had the job of getting Caverject and alprostadil medications for ED, which were administered by injection. These drugs were typically delivered to Weinstein in his hotel room prior to meetings he had with women. In fact, Rehal would keep the drugs in her desk, and then deliver them to the producer when he needed them.
Another job function for Rehal and O’Connor was transporting Weinstein to sex addiction therapy sessions. Although Rehal stated that she felt distaste for these tasks, she also felt compelled to comply, as Weinstein had implied harm to her sister, who was attending school. These seem to have not worked, however, as just a scant two years after therapy sessions began, Weinstein was alleged to have asked tow women for lurid massages in his Toronto hotel room during the Toronto International Film Festival.
Immediately after this incident, the New York Times published settlement details paid by Weinstein to women who alleged sexual advances and assault. This report even included claims by women that the director raped them. In addition, Harvey’s estranged brother, Bob Weinstein, informed the New York Times about settlements he made with at least three women that Weinstein assaulted in tier home several decades ago.
At this time Weinstein is in a treatment facility and is actively denying all of the allegations against him. He is under investigation in several major cities, with more than 60 women coming forward to accuse the director of sexual misconduct, sexual assault, and rape.