Vietnamese Actress Vu Thu Phuong Says Harvey Weinstein Suggested He Teach Her How to Perform Sex Scenes in a Hotel Room

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Another day, another deeply perturbing story about Harvey Weinstein’s seemingly unending history of sexual misconduct. Vietnamese model and former actress Vu Thu Phuong is the latest woman to open up about a distressing encounter with the producer. “I believe that I can’t be silent anymore. It’s time that I liberate myself,” she wrote in a Facebook post, translated in Saigoneer. “It’s time that I can explain about the Shanghai failure and why I shelved my ‘American dream’ as well as the contract with Weinstein’s film company.”

In 2008, Phuong says, the now-disgraced studio head expressed interest in her for a role in 2010’s Shanghai, a historical drama starring John Cusack and Gong Li. Disappointed after her role was all but excised from the final cut of the film, the actress agreed to meet with the producer about a possible opportunity in a future Weinstein Company film. Unfortunately, once Phuong arrived, Weinstein quickly tried to turn the meeting sexual. “Everything suddenly turned dark when I saw Mr. Harvey Weinstein standing before me with only a towel around his waist, smiling,” she alleges. He then purportedly attempted to convince Phuong to let him instruct her on how to properly perform in a sex scene, as there would be several in the film he fancied her for. “I can teach you, don’t worry. Many stars have also been through this,” Phuong recalls Weinstein telling her. “Just treat this as necessary experiences so that you’ll have a stronger foundation in the future.”

Appalled, the actress rejected his advances. “I was thinking at the moment that if he were to rape me or kill me, would anybody find out and stop him?” Phuong wrote on Facebook. “It was an extremely horrifying feeling. My head was tensing up. It felt like my nerves would snap.” Rattled and embarrassed that her big break in Shanghai had resulted in less than a cameo, Phuong went home the next day; she says the experience was part of the reason she later walked away from acting. “I decided that I didn’t want to sell myself to enter Hollywood,” says Phuong. She hopes other performers will continue to expose the entertainment industry’s sexual-harassment problem. “Weinstein should be punished for disrespecting and devaluing women,” she writes. “I encourage other females who were abused to tell their story to caution others.”

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