Har­vey and me

YOU (South Africa) - - YOU SAY -

Thanks for the ex­posé of Har­vey We­in­stein. I had a very odd en­counter with him a year ago and I shrugged it off, think­ing the guy was just weird.

I was in Brent­wood, Los An­ge­les, and my friend and I stopped at an eatery. She dropped me off out­side and went to park the car and told me she’d see me in­side.

As I opened the door, this re­ally big man stepped out and smiled at me. I smiled back and he thanked me for open­ing the door, so I said, “No prob­lem and you’re wel­come.”

He stopped and said “Your ac­cent is lovely, where are you from?” So I replied, “South Africa.” He seemed very in­ter­ested and asked me more ques­tions. Then he put his hand out to take mine and asked me for my name. I didn’t know who he was but gave him my name. He then told me his.

The weird part was that as he held my hand he was stroking it. Like a cat. It to­tally creeped me out.

Then my friend ar­rived and he let go of my hand, smiled at her and said, “En­joy your visit.” Then he touched me on the shoul­der and gave it a squeeze be­fore he left.

My friend thought I knew him be­cause he seemed so fa­mil­iar with me. When I told my friend his name she seemed to go into shock and told me he was a big movie pro­ducer and laughed, say­ing I was hob­nob­bing with the rich and fa­mous. I just shrugged it off.

I for­got about the en­counter un­til I read your ar­ti­cle to­day. I was to­tally shocked at the thought that the man had even touched me. I thought you should know that it’s not only Hol­ly­wood ac­tors who’ve had en­coun­ters with this man. GENIE DRISCOLL, DURBAN NORTH

SThe Har­vey We­in­steins of the world aren’t re­stricted to Hol­ly­wood. They can be found all over the world and they prey on young, vul­ner­a­ble women be­cause they can. The men are usu­ally in a po­si­tion where they have the power to make or break a woman’s ca­reer and they ex­ploit that fact.

As women we should stand up to these men and not be scared of the con­se­quences. That’s the only way they’ll learn to re­spect us. RUWAIDA BENTING, EMAIL

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