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S’porean actress Caitanya Tan was nearly creeped on by Harvey Weinstein in 2011

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Belmont Lay | October 25, 2017 @ 06:51 pm

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Singaporean actress Caitanya Tan has come out to add to the ongoing incriminating Harvey Weinstein revelations.

What

The 30-year-old actress in Mediacorp television drama Tanglin said she was almost creeped on by Harvey Weinstein in Hong Kong.

When and where

In 2011, Tan, who was 23 then, attended the fifth Asian Film Awards in Hong Kong.

She was just starting out as an actress.

The encounter with the the big-name film producer and co-founder of The Weinstein Company occurred at the awards ceremony.

Tan and her friends bumped into Weinstein, a keynote speaker at the event, on the red carpet. He was with his entourage.

How

Tan said her group went to take photos with Weinstein and he obliged. She said she only knew the producer-businessman by name, and did not know about his background at that time.

However, after they parted, Tan said Weinstein returned and spoke to her, asking: “Hey, are you an actress?”

Tan said she was. She was at that time starring in a leading role in a stage production at Hong Kong Disneyland.

The initial encounter with Weinstein was exciting as there was the prospect of working with a big-time Hollywood producer.

According to Tan, Weinstein then asked her: “I have a couple of scripts with me, would you like to come to my room to read them?”

She said she thought that was really creepy and declined.

But as he walked away, he asked her: “Do you know who I am? Do you know I can make you very famous?”

She was shocked at how upfront he was but stood her ground.

Why

Tan said she did not think much about this incident until the recent revelations that Weinstein had allegedly assaulted many women inside and outside of Hollywood over the years.

Tan also said she decided to share her own experience in light of the mounting allegations and increasing number of women speaking out against him.

She maintains she is not a victim.

“I’m not a victim because nothing happened, but the reason I shared it is because I think it’s important to report and speak out about it,” she told The New Paper.

She also said: “Everyone’s experience is important and I’m more vocal than I’ve ever been about sexism.”

“That kind of behaviour is simply unacceptable.”

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Top photos via Caitanya Tan, Wikipedia

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