Harvey Weinstein slapped twice in face by unknown assailant

Published By Alexandra Heilbron on Jan 11, 2018

Harvey WeinsteinHarvey Weinstein was dining out with a male friend in Scottsdale, Arizona at Elements restaurant when a stranger approached him as he was leaving and slapped him twice in the face.

TMZ broke the news with a video of the incident (watch above). The man, named Steve, spoke to TMZ, saying Weinstein was "belligerent" to him when he arrived for dinner. The restaurant manager denied this, saying Weinstein was "sweet."

An audio recording made of Steve's pre-dinner chat with Weinstein, everything sounds very cordial. Steve tells Weinstein how much he loves his work. Weinstein quietly replies, "Those days are over... thank you." He then asks Steve what he does and Steve tells Weinstein he's a personal trainer. Weinstein replies, "Good for you!" Steven then praises Weinstein several more times before saying, "You guys enjoy your dinner," to which Weinstein says, "Pleasure Steve, that's very nice of you." Listen to the tape below.

After dinner, as Weinstein and his friend were leaving the restaurant at about 9 p.m., Steve, who told TMZ he'd had "quite a bit to drink," got up, handed his friend his cell phone and asked him to video what was about to happen. He walked up to Weinstein, who looked taken aback, slapped him twice in the face and called the former movie mogul a "piece of sh**," telling him to get his "f**king ass out of here."

Weinstein, who is staying at the Sanctuary Camelback Mountain Resort in Scottsdale, did not want to call police. Looking somewhat confused by the interaction, he quietly left.

A rep for the resort told The Hollywood Reporter: "Our guests’ privacy is paramount at Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain Resort & Spa. Therefore, we are unable to provide a comment." ~Alexandra Heilbron

Comments & Discussion

  1. Not what you think • 1/11/2018 10:33:30 AM

    Seems more like someone got paid to make a certain someone look more like the 'good' guy. Maybe we should all feel more pity for this victim of street harassment, no?

  2. CDubya • 1/11/2018 11:37:09 AM

    All a set up. Who records a pre-dinner chat? I guess that was fortuitous because it countered the video after dinner when the guy slapped Harvey and he said Harvey was belligerent. I think this guy will still get his 15 minutes of fame though.

  3. mike • 1/11/2018 12:26:00 PM

    i feel same as people above probably all a set up it didn't look real wasn't upset enough when you go for it YOU GO FOR IT he didn't so it leaves you to think

  4. mike • 1/11/2018 12:31:55 PM

    and if its real let him try it against CHUCK NORRIS or STEVEN SEAGAL see if we get the same results or any hockey player by that means YEAH HU HU exactly

  5. Marlene • 1/11/2018 12:47:31 PM

    Manipulation is all I have to say i.e. built up trust with the 'staged conversation' to approach Harvey again. Harvey still assuming this guy is decent i.e. based on previous conversation looks surprised at his 'slapper'! Two wrongs don't make a right.

  6. Sandie • 1/11/2018 1:08:52 PM

    not that I think he didn't deserve the slaps, given everything that has been going on, but yeah..."Steve" is a douche, and was obviously just trying for his 15 minutes of fame

  7. Julie • 1/11/2018 3:57:51 PM

    I am with those who say it was a set up to get his 15 minutes of fame or whatever was in that head of his to make a quick buck. I wouldn't be surprised if he does not have some episode ala Weinstein's "Time's Up" notoriety which could come out soon.

  8. Kaney • 1/11/2018 3:57:52 PM

    Harvey who???? Not worth the time to have a feeling

  9. Kaney • 1/11/2018 3:58:46 PM

    Harvey who??? Can’t waste energy on the issue

  10. Shawn • 1/11/2018 4:24:17 PM

    When a person is down it is not fair to treat any one like this. Steve is douche. Lucky that he didnt get his ass beaten up in retaliation.

  11. lacey • 1/12/2018 12:02:14 PM

    who's the hot guy with weinstein

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