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It's no secret that the past few months have been harrowing for disgraced Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein. Following The New Yorker's whistleblowing exposé on his alleged sexual assault and harassment, he's been the name most closely associated with acts of sexual misconduct. A ton of women, both famous and not, have come forward to accuse Weinstein of using his power to initiate sex acts, and he's been removed from the Weinstein company, the motion picture Academy, and has been universally admonished for the allegations. But now it also turns out that things have gotten physical, as he was recently attacked at a restaurant he was patronizing.
The event happened last night at Sanctuary Camelback Mountain Resort in Scottsdale, where Harvey Weinstein was apparently dining with his sober coach. According to a report by TMZ, two men were seated at the table next to Weinstein, and eventually told the producer that they loved his movies. But when they asked for a photo Weinstein (unsurprisingly) declined, likely because he knew this wasn't going to end well.
And that's exactly what happened. The man who asked for a photo allegedly got a bit sauced later in the night, and decided to tell Harvey Weinstein what he thought of the various sexual misconduct allegations. He reportedly called Weinstein a "piece of shit" and punched the former mogul twice in the face-- to the point where Weinstein almost fell over. Ultimately Weinstein decided not to press charges on his attacker, although it's since become viral. There may even be a video taken of the incident, which hasn't been released to the general public.
This attack is the latest in a long line of jabs being swung at Harvey Weinstein, although this is the first physical one. Weinstein has been shamed for his sexual impropriety by just about everyone in Hollywood, and has been stripped of his power and status. This past Sunday's Golden Globes was extremely political by nature, with the men and women of Hollywood wearing all black in solidarity against sexual assault. Furthermore, host Seth Meyers took a swipe at Weinstein during the ceremony, claiming the next time he'll be present will be when he's booed during his in memorium inclusion. Pretty harsh, right?
The Harvey Weinstein scandal broke a few months ago, when actresses like Ashley Judd, Mira Sorvino and Rose McGowan went public with their stories of Weinstein's sexual misconduct. Since then, there have been a myriad of other accusers who have come forward, telling similar stories of how Weinstein reportedly attempted to lure them to his hotel room(s). Additionally, the floodgates have opened due to these allegations, as a variety of other powerful men like Kevin Spacey, Brett Ratner, Jeffrey Tambor, and Danny Masterson have been accused of different types of sexual misconduct.