Audience members and comics called out the disgraced Harvey Weinstein sitting brazenly in the audience surrounded by women.
2 women took to social media to reveal their experiences with Harvey Weinstein in the same club as them. The disgraced producer faces a number of charges regarding sexual assault, criminal sexual acts, first degree and third degree rape. Although he has pleaded not guilty, the number of accusations against him continue to rise. His trial will begin in January.
One audience member, Zoe Stuckless, talked confronting Weinstein on a social media post. After Stuckless demanded that Weinstein, the bar asked the audience member to leave instead. On their social media, Downtime Bar wrote, “After several requests to stop were ignored, we kindly asked the heckler to leave.”
A comic performing at the event also took to social media to share the events that happened. Kelly Bachman wrote, “Last night I was booked to perform stand-up on a variety show at Downtime Bar NYC in Lower East Side, sponsored by an organization for artists Actor’s Hour – A Speakeasy for Artists! (Fundraiser Underground Edition). They film their events, and it seemed like a great opportunity for me to get a tape.”
“I brought my new 10 min. set, excited to work it out in a warm room of my peers. Instead I found the boogeyman himself, Harvey Weinstein, sitting at a reserved table with his friends. He was INVITED by Actors Hour—I’m told that he was specifically invited by their founder, Alexandra Laliberte. I saw he was there right away, but no one in the room was saying anything out loud. I learned from a whisper that Weinstein was invited to Actors Hour’s last event as well, and that he would not be asked to leave,” she continued.
“A few audience members seemed terrified into silence while others were unaffected or even seemed to admire him. The few performers before me said nothing about it on stage. I whispered to an audience member, ‘I have to say something, right?’ She said ‘No, don’t—’ and looked away. At this point I was in total shock, but I really really wanted to get this new tape!”
She added, “I got on stage and tried my best to address him before carrying on with my set. I was boo’d and told to “shut up” by men in the back of the room. I was shaking and hot-faced the entire time, in a traumatized state from my own experiences as a survivor of rape. I’ve literally had nightmares about seeing Harvey Weinstein in New York, the way I have nightmares about Stephen King’s It or Freddy Krueger. And he was 50 feet away from me, staring with shark eyes, surrounded by his allies.”
Bachman also revealed that other performers mocked her, saying, “After I went up, the next few performers also did not address It. One comic seemed to want to make fun of ME by saying ‘I’d like to address an elephant in the room too. Is the producer of Goodwill Hunting here? That’s a great movie.'”
Referring to Stuckless, Bachman wrote, “During the show’s intermission a brave as hell woman (who I do not know the name of!) finally yelled out and cried, demanding that Harvey Weinstein be asked to leave. She was kicked out instead. I left with her and bad ass Amber Rollo who called Harvey Weinstein a fucking monster, only to be called a ‘c**t’ by his friend and also escorted out.”
She continued, “I later learned that the emcee of the show was one of the people who boo’d me. He told someone that I shouldn’t have brought it up unless I was going to be funny and make everyone comfortable. To be clear, I don’t want to make anyone comfortable about this. I was uncomfortable. I am still uncomfortable. I have no idea why an organization created to support actors is protecting a man who has raped, blackmailed and ruined the careers of actors, but I do not regret speaking out against that. I really wish I could’ve said more, or been more funny, but this is what I said.”
You can find Bachman’s statement here.
Stuckless wrote in another Facebook post, “Tonight was one of the most surreal nights of my life. I went to an event called Actors Hour, whose mission statement is to empower emerging artists and to ‘create an open space for creatives to share what they love.’ After a while, a friend of mine pointed out a man sitting in a booth.”
“It was Harvey Weinstein, surrounded by a cadre of young women and two bodyguards. He wasn’t hiding. He came to watch young artists be vulnerable on stage.”
“The show started, and no one said anything. At first I didn’t think it was him. There was no way. But then a comic got on stage and called out to the crowd to address ‘the elephant in the room.’ As soon as she alluded to his presence in the room the event organizers, the bartenders, and a number of others booed her into silence. She continued her set, stunned into compliance.”
“I was sitting there, and the more that I sat there waiting for the event organizers to kick him out, or for another performer to call him out, or for the audience to revolt, the more I found myself paralyzed by the silence. He was sitting there, allowed to laugh and clap and drink and flirt and no one was saying anything. The more I sat there the more furious I was at all of our inaction.”
“I thought about all of the voices that have been silenced over so many years. I thought about the artists, the women, who were paralyzed by the same fear that I felt, surrounded by colleagues who were intimidated into a culture of silence and passivity. This room was a microcosm of our whole community. And I couldn’t sit there and let him laugh. So I spoke up.”
“I was kicked out of the bar tonight. His bodyguards herded me out. The event organizers were happy to see me go. In some ways tonight was a horrible, painful reminder of the power a man like Weinstein holds even now. It was a reminder that even in this time of relative awareness it is hypnotically easy to be pulled into a culture of silence.”
“However, it was also a reminder that our voices have so much more power when we stand together. When I left the building, crying out of fury and frustration I was quickly surrounded by a group of mostly women who expressed the same fear to raise their voice that I had. They thanked me for speaking up.”
Stuckless concluded, “Our passivity is poison. We need to stand together, and we need to speak up. Or this poison will fester, only encouraged by our fear.”
You can find Stuckless’ entire statement here.
Weinstein’s spokesperson said, “Harvey Weinstein was out with friends enjoying the music and trying to find some solace in his life that has been turned upside down. This scene was uncalled for, downright rude and an example of how due process is being squashed by the public, trying to take it away in the courtroom too.”
Through his spokesperson, Weinstein himself added, “I am happy to address anyone’s questions. We should all be offered the courtesy to voice opinions and be heard, and to even get answers. I am glad we all still have these rights.”
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