Model Ambra Battilana, 22, who filed the police complaint reportedly set up a telephone conversation with Weinstein while police were listening in.
During the conversation, the Hollywood producer did not deny groping her, according to The New York Daily News. Publicly Weinstein, 63, has denied the allegations.
“He didn’t deny doing what she said he did to her,” a source told The News. “The content of the phone call, there’s no question about what he did.”
Battilana also set up a restaurant meeting with Weinstein, which he attended at the Tribeca Grand Hotel. Police investigators were also in on it and watched them converse. No word on whether she was wearing a wire.
Weinstein’s lawyer has characterized the incident as a “blackmail” attempt.
IM reported on Mar. 31 that Battilana, 22, filed a police report on Monday in which she claimed Weinstein groped her during a supposed audition at his office at the Tribeca Film Festival Center.
The incident grew to international proportions after it was revealed that Battilana was entangled in former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi’s “bunga-bunga” sex scandal in 2010.
Weinstein allegedly asked if her breasts were real and then felt her up. He also allegedly put his hand up her skirt and tried to kiss her. She left his office immediately and filed the police complaint shortly afterward.
If the investigation pans out, Weinstein could face misdemeanor charges for forcibly touching or sexually abusing the former Italian beauty queen.
In all likelihood, however, the charges, if any, will be settled out of court.
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