AN Australian entertainer who claims disgraced Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein tried to coax her and a friend into his hotel room has said the problem is not limited to Hollywood and also exists in the music industry.

Gold Coast resident Riely Saville, 36, who has worked internationally for several major companies including Universal Studios and Disney, says she wants to shame several Hollywood heavyweights who have allegedly sexually harassed her because "there needs to be consequences".

It comes after the New York Times revealed that at least eight women had reached settlements and signed nondisclosure agreements with Weinstein in relation to years of sexual harassment and abuse. Several Hollywood actors have since come forward to report that the movie mogul had sexually harassed or assaulted them. Weinstein denies having non-consensual sex.

Across three decades, there are currently at least 28 accusations against the former chief executive of The Weinstein Company. But according to some Ms Saville, that's only the tip of the iceberg.

"I think everyone should know that this kind of indecency is not only limited to Hollywood," Ms Saville told news.com.au.

"And Harvey did not only behave that way in Hollywood. He acted out everywhere he went, to actors from around the world."

L-R: Hong Kong movie producer Ben Logan, unknown, Hong Kong actor Andrew Ng, Harvey Weinstein, Riely Saville and Caitanya Tan.
L-R: Hong Kong movie producer Ben Logan, unknown, Hong Kong actor Andrew Ng, Harvey Weinstein, Riely Saville and Caitanya Tan.

Ms Saville first met Weinstein at the Asian Film Awards in Hong Kong, 2011. She and her actor friend Caitanya Tan attended the event with "celebrities everywhere" together.

"Caitanya was saying she had an idea for a movie and we knew Harvey Weinstein was there in the front row so we were joking saying; 'Weinstein is here you should go talk to him'."

Ms Saville said the jokes came to an abrupt end when Weinstein suddenly made a beeline for the women.

"He came to say hello and introduce himself and we had a picture taken with him," Ms Saville said.

Weinstein soon learned Ms Tan was an actor and invited her to "read some scripts" in his hotel room, according to Ms Saville. Weinstein allegedly snapped when Ms Tan declined his offer.

"He said 'do you know who I am? I can make you famous'," Ms Saville said.

"Then he walked up to me in front of all our friends and said; 'Caitanya has a boyfriend, do you?'

"I said 'yes' even though I didn't, to make him go away."

The Marilyn Monroe impersonator said she and Ms Tan were "both appalled".

"I'd heard of couch casting and knew it went on but didn't expect it to be so blatant," she said.

Riely Saville has accused Harvey Weinstein and two US rappers of making “unwelcome advances” on her. Picture: Elizabeth Grinter.
Riely Saville has accused Harvey Weinstein and two US rappers of making “unwelcome advances” on her. Picture: Elizabeth Grinter.

 

But according to Ms Saville, she's since had encounters with other celebrities who have also made "unwelcome advances".

"Let me tell you it is rampant in this industry," she said.

She alleged two well-known US rappers also acted inappropriately when she ran into them at at Gold Coast nightclub.

Ms Saville was working in promotions in the VIP area at the Surfers Paradise club when one famous singer invited revellers to dance on the podiums.

"My friend pushed me up because I'm a professional dancer and he was offering money for the best performance," she said.

"At the time I had Marilyn Monroe hair as I'm also a Marilyn impersonator ... and he yelled out over the mic: 'Oh wow Marilyn ... show us your tits'.

"It was in front of everyone and I was disgusted so rolled my eyes and got down from the podium.

"He said: 'if you wont I'll give $1000 to any girl who shows us her tits.'

"So a young girl got up and exposed herself.

Riely Saville said sex scandals are “rampant” in the music and entertainment industry. Picture: Elizabeth Grinter.
Riely Saville said sex scandals are “rampant” in the music and entertainment industry. Picture: Elizabeth Grinter.

 

 

A few days later, Ms Saville returned to work at a nightclub where another US rapper was booked to appear.

"I went to say hi and we had a general chitchat about how he liked Brisbane and stuff like that.

"He said 'hold up let me get my manager'. Then he told him: 'Hey make sure this b**** is in my limo at the end of my night.'

"I looked at him and said 'it's not like that, I was just saying hello' and he got in a huff and stormed off and didn't talk to me again."

Ms Saville said she "was shocked at the nerve of the guy".

"Guys like that think can say anything and get what they want," she said.

"And there are girls that will do it so it's a really big problem. They need to be aware of it and know how to stand up for themselves and that no amount of money or fame is worth their dignity.

"We need to name and shame perpetrators because they're only going to stop doing it if there are consequences."

megan.palin@news.com.au



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