“Empire” actress Kaitlin Doubleday revealed Friday that she is one of the many women Harvey Weinstein lured up to his hotel room — and explained why she went despite hearing “whispers” about his creepy behavior.
Doubleday, 33, met Weinstein when she accompanied her sister Portia to the premiere for “Inglourious Basterds” in 2009, she wrote in a candid column for The Hollywood Reporter.
“He was charming as he complimented my sister’s work. He asked if I had seen the film, which I hadn’t, so he offered to send over a copy, which I found surprisingly thoughtful,” the actress wrote.
“His assistant got my info, and I didn’t think much of it until the next day, when Harvey left a voicemail. In his signature booming New York accent, he asked me to call him back.”
After years of trying to make it to the “big time,” Doubleday wrote, she was flattered that one of the biggest names in the business reached out to her personally.
“It was an insanely huge carrot dangling in front of me,” she continued. “I desperately wished for Harvey’s intentions to be pure. I wanted to believe he was just recognizing the talent I saw within myself.”
Doubleday’s manager warned her that she’d heard rumors that he was a sexual harasser and said that if the actress agreed to the meeting, she should do so in a public setting.
“I called him back and, shockingly, we developed a rapport,” she wrote in the column.
She said he suggested meeting up for a drink at the Montage Beverly Hills restaurant.
“OK, as long as you don’t expect me to come up to your room!” she said she responded.
They chatted about books, movies, awards and travel, then stayed in touch until another night at the Montage, when she says he asked her to meet her in his room to watch some footage because he needed advice on an ending on “Nine.”
“I didn’t want to go. I knew what he was doing. I had prepared myself for this moment, but still, I went,” she wrote. “Now the world knows what happens when Harvey Weinstein invites you to his hotel room.”
She didn’t describe in detail what happened inside the room, but compared her experience to that of Ashley Judd, who has said Weinstein greeted her wearing a bathrobe and asked if she would watch him shower and give him a massage.
Doubleday said she went up to the room because she was “desperate” and had struggled with her self-esteem.
“Harvey made me feel like he saw me for my intelligence and not for my body,” she said. “I went up to that hotel room because I’ve been groomed to by the world, by the industry and by people’s expectations that an aspiring young woman can achieve success only with the help of a powerful man.”
The disgraced movie mogul, who faces more than 80 sexual misconduct allegations dating back to the 1970s, has denied that he engaged in non-consensual sex with women.
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