A former waitress who allegedly tended to Harvey Weinstein's table at the Tribecca Grill, the restaurant located in the building of Weinstein's office in Manhattan, told the New York Post that the defamed movie mogul is indeed the "sleazy Hollywood caricature recent reports have made him out to be."
Having witnessed first-hand Weinstein's alleged sexual exploits of dining with young and attractive women and then taking them on an "office tour" before the meal even finished, Jade Budowski profiles a man of such indecency that his servers could barely stomach watching him eat a bowl of French onion soup.
"Harvey Weinstein was every bit the sleazy Hollywood caricature recent reports have made him out to be," Budowski began. "When I was working as a waitress, I watched numerous times as a string of young women — some seemingly no older than 21 — entered the restaurant for long, flirty dinners with him, even though he was married with five children."
The women were all bombshells dressed to the nines and "totally out of place next to someone like him." On top of his sexual exploits, the man allegedly treated restaurant staff horribly, regularly cursing at them and throwing a temper tantrum if they did not do something his way.
"If a woman waited for him at the bar, he’d bellow furiously at more than one of us for not having seated her prior to his arrival, despite the fact that she’d insisted on it. "'Why the f- -k isn’t she at the table?' he’d say," Budowski claimed.
"The ritual for his rendezvous was very firm. Champagne, caviar, and an unspoken rule that Weinstein and his date not be disturbed," she continued. "The pair would sit close, whispering and touching each other suggestively."
The dinners would always take a turn toward the creepy when "Weinstein and the woman would often disappear for a while" on what he would call an "office tour," oftentimes leaving the meal unfinished and past working hours. While away on this "office tour," Weinstein would order the staff to leave his table untouched until they returned, usually two hours later. The meetings would sometimes go past midnight, keeping the staff past closing time.
His treatment of the wait staff went beyond just occassional outbursts. "He would almost never look you in the eye, too busy reading the paper or biting off an assistant’s head," she described. Weinstein's eating habits were as piggish as his sexual exploits, she said, as he would typically eat "French onion soup that he would slurp and splatter all over the booth."
Inappropriate touching of the waitress regularly occured as well, she said:
Inappropriate touching was a habit of his. If you weren’t paying attention and the restaurant was loud, he might lurch at whatever part of you he could reach. Once, while I put in an order at the computer, he barreled up and body-checked me. Then, as if nothing had happened, he barked: "Back. Coffee. Tea. Now."
Even though I’ve not seen him for six months, this week’s revelations brought back terrible recollections. The feelings of anxiety and degradation he inflicted on all of us — especially the women — continue to plague me to this day.
A lowly waitress at a Manhattan restaurant allegdly knew of Weinstein's behavior, and yet, celebrities like Meryl Streep are now claiming they had no idea.