Ambra Gutierrez, who also goes by Ambra Battilana, has been identified as the 22-year-old model that has accused Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein, 63, of sexually assaulting her during a business meeting.
The model accused the movie mogul of groping her breast and putting his hand up her skirt. Did Weinstein really sexually assault her or is she just a money-grubbing opportunist?
A source close to Ambra stated, “She knows that Harvey has money and power and that he’s going to come after her. But she’s confident … she’s not afraid of Harvey.”
The attractive brunette told police that Weinstein, a married father of five, grabbed her breasts and slipped a hand up her skirt last Friday .
She allegedly asked Weinstein to stop and flatly turned down his request.
The former Miss Italy hopeful was “said to be “very upset: and called a friend to tell them about what happened. The friend brought her to the Ninth Precinct, with cops there taking her to the First precinct in Tribeca to make out a report.
Weinstein was questioned by police about the incident, but no charges were yet filed.
A source close to Weinstein described the model as an opportunist with a history of going after older men.
Ambra does have a history of suing wealthy men. She was a minor when she filed a lawsuit against a 70-year-old businessman for sexual assault.
The businessman, identified only as Mr. G. by the Italian media, said he considered their relationship consensual despite her age.
The source claimed, “He paid her handsomely with jewels and cars … when she was a contestant in the Miss Italy pageant”.
Mark Jay Heller, attorney for the Italian model, said any implications of blackmail in this case were 100% wrong.
Heller said, “In fact, making such a false allegation adds insult to injury, causing a duplicity of victimization. Regrettably, like many sex crimes victims, she is being inappropriate branded and persecuted for coming forward to report an act of sexual abuse perpetrated against her.”
Battilana has turned down offers of close to $100,000 from media outlets to go public with her story — but has so far turned them down, according to a source.
The source added that challenging Weinstein, the producer behind “Pulp Fiction” and “Shakespeare in Love,” is typically career suicide for an ambitious young actresses.
Battilana is one of two models invited to Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi’s infamous August 2010 orgy.
She claimed she was unaware of what awaited her and felt “greatly offended” when she found out the party was actually an orgy.
She ended up testifying against Berlusconi, stating that the prime minister patted her on the derriere while unsuccessfully encouraging her to get naked.
A spokesperson for Harvey Weinstein said, “We are cooperating fully with the authorities, and are confident that we will be fully vindicated. We will have no further comment.”
The 22-year-old model posted a picture on her Instagram account, from Radio City Music Hall, with the hashtags: ‘#NewYork #Spring #Spectacular #Rockettes #RadioCity. #tonight #fresh #popcorn.’
Weinstein reportedly arranged for Battilana to come in to the offices for an audition and to ‘talk business’.
At the meeting, Weinstein, allegedly asked tif her breasts were ‘real’, before grabbing her breasts and putting his hand up her skirt.
Surveillance footage from outside the Tribeca office was being analyzed, according to police sources.
Weinstein, who is originally from Queens, New York, founded Miramax studio with his brother Bob in 1979 and is worth an estimated $200 million.
He is married to gorgeous fashion designer Georgina Chapman, 25 years his junior, who founded the luxury label Marchesa.
The couple have been together for seven years and have a young son and daughter.
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