‘My creepy meet with We­in­stein’

Weekend Gold Coast Bulletin - - NEWS - SUZANNE SIMONOT suzanne.simonot@news.com.au

A GOLD Coast en­ter­tainer and fash­ion stylist has shared de­tails of a creepy en­counter with dis­graced movie mogul Har­vey We­in­stein.

Riely Sav­ille was work­ing as a Dis­ney Princess at Hong Kong Dis­ney theme park when she met the Hol­ly­wood mogul at the Asian Film Awards in Hong Kong in 2011.

We­in­stein has been ac­cused of sex­ual abuse and ha­rass­ment, with the ac­cu­sa­tions span­ning decades, and women in­clud­ing Rosetta Ar­quette, Ash­ley Judd, Gwyneth Pal­trow, Kate Beck­in­sale, Asia Ar­gento and Rose McGowan, who says he raped her.

“My friend was say­ing she had an idea for a movie and we were jok­ing with her say­ing Har­vey’s here – you should talk to him,” Sav­ille said.

“When we went to the af­ter-party, Har­vey saw us across the room and started walk­ing straight to­wards us. We were say­ing ‘Har­vey’s com­ing – you can get your movie made’.

“He came straight up to my friend and he said to her ‘have you done any act­ing’ and she said ‘yes, I’m an ac­tress’. He said take a walk with me and he es­corted her out­side the room. We didn’t re­alise it was any­thing dodgy.”

Five min­utes later, Sav­ille’s friend came “storm­ing back into the room”.

“Her eye­balls were re­ally wide and she ran straight to­wards me and hid be­hind me and I said what hap­pened? She looked ter­ri­fied. Har­vey fol­lowed her back into the room and walked straight up to me and said ‘your friend has a boyfriend – do you?’ I didn’t but I said yes I do have a boyfriend. He said that’s a shame and he walked off.”

A dancer, singer, aeri­al­ist, model and for­mer Drac­ula’s star, Sav­ille re­cently ap­peared as Mar­i­lyn Mon­roe at the Viva Fes­ti­val in Surfers Par­adise and at the May­oral Gala Char­ity Ball af­ter re­turn­ing to Aus­tralia af­ter play­ing Mar­i­lyn Mon­roe at Univer­sal Stu­dios in Sin­ga­pore.

She said her friend told her We­in­stein asked her if she had a boyfriend.

“He said is it se­ri­ous? So you’re in love? Oh well – if you come up to my ho­tel room I can make big things hap­pen for you. She didn’t – she came back to me.

“If she had stars in her eyes and went up to the room, who knows what might have hap­pened,” Sav­ille said.

Pic­ture: GLENN HAMP­SON

Gold Coast ac­tress Riely Sav­ille, who had an en­counter with Hol­ly­wood se­rial pest Har­vey We­in­stein (in­set).

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