Ambra Battilana also accused her former lover of rape in Italy four years ago

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Ambra Gutierrez, who uses the last name Battilana, who was one of two models that witnessed former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi’s orgy parties, met Weinstein a few days prior during a social event at Radio City Music Hall.Max Irons, a co-star of “Woman in Gold,” said he got his role in the Nazi drama starring Helen Mirren after studio head Harvey Weinstein summoned him to his office. “Can you speak German?” Weinstein asked the actor.The 63-year-old film mogul is accused by a 22-year-old Italian fashion model of inappropriately touching her at his office in Manhattan, the New York Daily News first reported. Irons couldn’t. “I had to do an audition in 24 hours with a page of solid text,” Irons recalled. “I panicked, drank a lot of coffee, used Google and YouTube and cobbled together what I’m sure was terrible German.

An NYPD spokesperson confirmed to The Guardian that Weinstein had submitted to questioning on 29 March after the woman, who has not been identified, accused the Oscar-winning producer of fondling her breasts and hips at the Tribeca Film Center. When 22-year-old Ambra Battilana Gutierrez, an Italian of Philippine descent now working on her modeling career in New York, got a surprise appointment with media mogul Harvey Weinstein last week, she thought it would close an unhappy chapter in her life.

Citing unnamed police sources, the Daily News reported that the woman had gone to Weinstein’s office at around 6pm on Friday 27 March “at his request to talk business”. The young woman has been engaged in a legal battle in Italy for the last few years, claiming damages to her reputation for her association with Silvio Berlusconi when she was just 18 years old.

He produced Shakespeare In Love, which won an Academy Award for Best Picture in 1998, and My Week With Marilyn starring Academy Award-winner Eddie Redmayne. No charges have been filed and an investigation is ongoing, but Weinstein skipped the premiere to spend the evening with his mother, according to a source. New York City police officers and prosecutors have followed up on the accusation, which is being taken extremely seriously, law enforcement officials tell The Daily Beast. (The Daily Beast initially declined to name Battilana, following a long-standing practice of granting victims of alleged sex crimes their privacy. In the film, she plays Maria Altmann, a Jewish refugee that flees the Nazis during World War II. and later sues Austria to recover five valuable paintings that belonged to her family.

Ryan Reynolds, who portrays her lawyer Randol Schoenberg, missed the premiere because he’s filming the Marvel tentpole “Deadpool.” The screening started late because Katie Holmes (Schoenberg’s wife) had just flown in from L.A. on a delayed flight. According to Bugnano, a parliamentarian who represents Battilana and another young woman in the Berlusconi-related case, the model had been invited to Berlusconi’s home in 2010 under the auspices that it was a normal dinner party during which she and other young women would be paid to mingle with guests. She quickly scurried past reporters, answering an assortment of questions like if she was in a clique in high school. “I went to an all-girls school, so we were all friends,” said Holmes. The film’s director Simon Curtis said that he first met Mirren as a teenager, when he was her stage assistant on a London production of “Measure for Measure.” “I would sit in her kitchen table and help her with her fan mail,” Curtis said. “I made her cups of tea, which is what I did on this film too.” Curtis introduced the film, noting that Schoenberg was in the audience, as well as members of the Altmann family. (Maria Altmann died in 2011.) The after-party was held at the Neue Galerie, where the portrait referenced in the film’s title now hangs. Guests that included Joy Behar and Brooke Shields were escorted upstairs for a viewing. “It looks different than it did in the movie,” Shields said to a friend, before she joined Tony Bennett in a booth at the downstairs bar.

Now she is cooperating fully.” In her court testimony, Battilana describes arriving at the house and being given Tiffany jewelry served on a silver tray at which time it was insinuated that she was chosen by a Berlusconi crony, essentially hand-picked to be “destined for Berlusconi’s bedroom.” She wasn’t interested but was still subject to “degrading acts” including having Berlusconi and his cronies touch her. Berlusconi denied most of those claims and instead insisted that his dinners were “elegant affairs.” This wasn’t Battilana, first unfortunate incident. During cross-examining at the Berlusconi trial, it was revealed that when Battilana was still a minor, she sued a 70-year old businessman for sexual assault. G. in the Italian press, told Il Giornale, owned by Berlusconi’s family, that he suspected Battilana had become a “jolly” for the prosecutor, effectively accusing her of turning states evidence to avoid charges. They include, “Be real and always honest” and “There is no good sex without love.” At the top of her page she aptly advises, “Don’t stop dreaming just because you had a nightmare.”

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