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Abu Dhabi, UAEWednesday 19 December 2018

Manager claims Weinstein tried to get Aishwarya Rai alone

"When we were leaving his (Weinstein's) office, he cornered me and said, 'What do I have to do to get her alone?'".

Bollywood actress Aishwarya Rai Bachchan Ajit Solanki / AP Photo
Bollywood actress Aishwarya Rai Bachchan Ajit Solanki / AP Photo

Weinstein tried hard to get Aishwarya Rai Bachchan alone, claims former manager

A woman who identifies herself as Aishwarya Rai Bachchan's former manager has claimed controversial Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein tried to make advances at the actress.

In a comment posted in response to a news story by variety.com, Simone Sheffield wrote: "I use(d) to manage Indian actress Aishwarya Rai. While dealing with Harvey, I found it comical how hard he tried to get Aishwarya alone.

"But he was a pig... Looked and acted like a 'big bully pig'. He asked me to leave the meeting numerous times and I politely declined."

Sheffield, who reportedly used to manage Aishwarya's international projects at one point, added: "When we were leaving his (Weinstein's) office, he cornered me and said, 'What do I have to do to get her alone?'".

"Told me I'd never work in this business, blah blah blaha. What I said to him I can't print. But you can be sure, I never gave him the opportunity to even breathe on my client."

Several women in Hollywood have come out and spoken about their experiences with Weinstein. Among them are Angelina Jolie, Gwyneth Paltrow, Kate Beckinsale, Emma Thompson and Cara Delevingne.

Sheffield has urged more women to speak out "the truth". "Protect one another. Support one another. Love one another."

According a Wikipedia page in the name of Simone Sheffield, she is the owner of the California-based company Canyon Entertainment, and has managed Aishwarya and Bipasha Basu.

In 2011, after serving as Aishwarya's international representative for over nine years, they parted ways.

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