Freddy Krueger in the room
The disgraced film producer was confronted by three women, Amber Rollo, Kelly Bachman, and Zoe Stuckless, on Wednesday night (October 23) when he showed up to an event at a Lower East Side bar called Actors Hour, the “first speakeasy dedicated to artists. Only writers, directors, actors, musicians, and a few lucky outsider have the privilege of gaining entry.”
Playwright Zoe Stuckless described Weinstein “surrounded by a cadre of young women and two boyguards”. She continued: “He wasn’t hiding. He came to watch young artists be vulnerable on stage.”
They wrote on Facebook that one comic, who later identified as Bachman, called out the “elephant in the room”, but “the event organisers, the bartenders, and a number of others booed her into silence”.
In a video of the event, Bachman says: “There’s an elephant in the room… It’s more of a Freddy Krueger, actually. I didn’t realise I needed to bring my own mace and whistle to Actors Hour.” You can hear members of the audience booing her.
“I was sitting there, and the more that I sat there waiting for the event organisers to kick him out, or for another performer to call him out, or for the audience to revolt, the more I found myself paralyzed by the silence,” Stuckless wrote. “He was sitting there, allowed to laugh and clap and drink and flirt and no one was saying anything. The more I sat there the more furious I was at all of our inaction.”
Following this, Stuckless says she was “herded” out the bar by Weinstein’s bodyguards. “The event organisers were happy to see me go,” she said.
Rollo, a comedian also in attendance, wrote on Twitter: “I was shocked to see him out, but not because I thought he would have shame, he is a sociopath and clearly has no shame. I’m shocked that he was at an event put on by and for artists.” Upon seeing Stuckless yell at him, she wrote on Twitter: “Let me explain that one more time, an event that was supposed to support actors and artists invited a serial rapist who has ruined at least 87 actors lives and supported that monster over an actor in the room. They supported HIM over all the actors in the room.”
She describes confronting him: “Then I went in and called him a fucking monster and told him he should disappear. His friend/body guard/goon/family member called me a cunt and I really really wanted to lunge over the table and strangle him,” she said. “I restrained myself, now that I'm sober I no longer throw drinks or fists. There was a woman at the table with him who gently guided me out. I don't know who she is but I hope she is ok.”
In a now-deleted Instagram post from Actors Hour, the event organisers claimed that Weinstein was not invited to the showcase. “Harvey Weinstein was NOT invited by the organizer or anyone associated with the organization." They apologized for his presence there: "We believe the people who spoke out were brave and justified and we fully encourage freedom of speech. We apologize wholeheartedly for the way the situation was handled,” it read.
But, in her tweets, Rollo pointed out Alexandra Laliberte, who runs Actors Hour, invited Weinstein. Another attendee Kaitlyn Hamby wrote that the Actors Hours’ statement was “contradicted by multiple attendees that have been assured that he was personally invited by the organiser and had a table reserved especially for him at last night show AND the previous show. They did not address why he was allowed to stay at the VIP table/at the event, or why they kicked out the woman who asked for the serial predator to be removed.”
Watch Stuckless confront Weinstein below.
Hey all, I know I’m late to the conversation here. I don’t usually use twitter but it seems like that’s where a lot of this conversation is happening. Last night I confronted Harvey Weinstein in a bar along with a number of other artists. Heres the thread (1/?) #HarveyWeinsteinpic.twitter.com/L8Oee5hAO7— Zoe Stuckless (@revoltchild) October 25, 2019