Like most women, I'm no stranger to predatory men. We've all met them, been cornered by them in parties, prayed that we wouldn't be paired up with them in assignments, crossed the street to avoid them and warned our girlfriends about them. Which is why my blood curled in a familiar way when I heard a recording made by the NYPD in 2015. In it, former Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein can be heard attempting to manipulate, coerce and threaten a woman into joining him in his hotel room, despite her repeated refusal. The woman, Italian model Ambra Battilana Gutierrez, attended what she thought would be a business meeting with Weinstein, where he groped and sexually harassed her. Afterwards, she went to the police station to report Weinstein's behaviour, but due to a lack of evidence, she agreed to partake in a sting operation in the hope that she could get Weinstein to confess that he'd groped her. As a result, she scheduled another meeting with him the next day, this time wearing a wire. They met in the bar area of a hotel, but before long, Weinstein tried to get her to go to his hotel room with him. Luring women into private rooms, stripping in front of them and touching himself or making other unwanted sexual advances are among Weinstein's most frequently used methods, as described by his victims. The following dialogue is a transcript of the audio that was recorded in the hallway in front of Weinstein's hotel room (in black letters). Being a woman who has come across plenty of predatory men in her life, I've taken the liberty of interpreting Weinstein's words (in red italics) to show what men like him are really saying in the ears of the women they target.
Weinstein: I'm telling you right now, get in here.
Bitch, do as I say.
Gutierrez: What do we have to do here?
Weinstein: Nothing. I'm going to take a shower, you sit there and have a drink.
I'm going to prep myself for sex while you sit around and wait.
Gutierrez: I don't drink.
Weinstein: Then have a glass of water.
You're being a smart-ass.
Gutierrez: Can I stay on the bar?
Weinstein: No. You must come here now.
You have no choice in this situation.
Gutierrez: No …
Gutierrez: No, I don't want to.
Weinstein: I'm not doing anything with you, I promise. Now you're embarrassing me.
I'm not doing anything with you here in the hallway, which is why I need to get your stubborn ass into that room. I'm the victim, here.
Gutierrez: I know, I don't want to. I'm sorry, I cannot.
Weinstein: No, come in here.
I don't give a fuck about what you want.
Gutierrez: No, yesterday was kind of aggressive for me.
Weinstein: I know —
I know and I want to do it again.
Gutierrez: I need to know a person to be touched.
Weinstein: I won't do a thing.
Instead of touching you, I could strip and jerk off in front of you, like I've done with many other women.
Gutierrez: I don't want to be touched.
Weinstein: I won't do a thing, please. I swear I won't. Just sit with me. Don't embarrass me in the hotel. I'm here all the time. Sit with me, I promise —
You're being such a bitch. Why are you cock-blocking me? All the other guests of this hotel will think less of you for being such a massive bitch, y'know.
Gutierrez: I know, but I don't want to.
Weinstein: Please sit there. Please. One minute, I ask you.
I'll cum real quick. C'mon now.
Gutierrez: No, I can't.
Weinstein: Go to the bathroom.
That's it. I'm locking you up until you do as I say.
Gutierrez: Please, I don't want to do something I don't want to.
Weinstein: Go to the bathroom — Hey, come here. Listen to me —
That's an order. Are you deaf or something?
Gutierrez: I want to go downstairs.
Weinstein: I won't do anything and you'll never see me again after this. OK? That's it. If you don't - if you embarrass me in this hotel where I'm staying —
It's not like I give a shit about you, I'm just going to use you and never talk to you again. That's it. Now you're forcing me to make an ass of myself in public, you cunt.
Gutierrez: I'm not embarrassing you —
Weinstein: Just walk —
Use your goddamn legs to do as I say.
Gutierrez: It's just that I don't feel comfortable.
Weinstein: Honey, don't have a fight with me in the hallway.
Get your ass in that room and I'll give you something to fight about.
Gutierrez: It's not nothing, it's —
Weinstein: Please. I'm not gonna do anything. I swear on my children. Please come in. On everything. I'm a famous guy.
For fuck's sake, I'm going to have my way with you, no matter what I have to do in order to wear you down. And I can do a lot, 'cause I'm a powerful guy.
Gutierrez: I'm, I'm feeling very uncomfortable right now.
Weinstein: Please come in. And one minute. And if you wanna leave when the guy comes with my jacket, you can go.
What if I give you a false sense of security and tell you that some will be coming to my room soon?
Gutierrez: Why yesterday you touch my breast?
Weinstein: Oh, please. I'm sorry. Just come on in. I'm used to that.
Bitch please. That's what I do to women. Don't you know who I am?
Gutierrez: You're used to that?
Weinstein: Yes, come in.
Yes and I want you to come in, because there's more where that came from.
Gutierrez: No, but I'm not used to that.
Weinstein: I won't do it again. Come on, sit here. Sit here for a minute, please?
I'll be naked this time, so it'll be different. Sit and wait while I strip, OK?
Gutierrez: No, I don't want to.
Weinstein: If you do this now you will [unintelligible]. Now go. Bye. Never call me again. OK? I'm sorry, nice to have — I promise you I won't do anything.
Turn me down and you'll regret it. Now get out of my face. I'm giving you one last chance to get the hell in there.
Gutierrez: I know, but yesterday was too much for me.
Weinstein: The guy is coming. I will never do another thing to you. Five minutes. Don't ruin your friendship with me for five minutes.
I'm only going to assault you this one time. Don't make me ruin your reputation and career because you refused to be sexually assaulted for five short minutes.
Gutierrez: I know — but, it's kind of, like, it's too much for me. I can't.
Weinstein: Please, you're making a big scene here. Please.
I'm making a big scene here, because you're such a stubborn cunt. Just surrender already.
Gutierrez: No, but I wanna leave.
Weinstein: OK, bye. Thank you.
Well, get lost then. And fuck you.