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Harvey Weinstein is spotted outside New York’s Cipriani restaurant

Harvey Weinstein returns to his ‘hunting ground’: Disgraced movie mogul is spotted ‘dressed like a homeless guy’ walking into New York restaurant Cipriani, where one of his accusers said he assaulted her

  • Harvey Weinstein arrived at New York’s Cipriani restaurant on Tuesday night
  • The restaurant has previously been described as the disgraced movie mogul’s alleged ‘hunting ground’ to pursue women 
  • A woman waiting to dine at the restaurant spotted Weinstein and quickly snapped several photos out on the street
  • Moments later, she said she was approached by Cipriani’s maître d and was asked to delete the pictures 

Harvey Weinstein stepped out for dinner in New York on Tuesday night dressed like a ‘homeless guy’ and is said to have demanded that photos of him taken by bystanders on the street be deleted.

The disgraced Hollywood producer was spotted arriving for dinner at Cipriani in Soho, which has previously been described as his alleged ‘hunting ground’ to pursue women in years gone by.

A woman waiting to dine at the restaurant, which is frequented by celebrities, spotted Weinstein and quickly snapped several photos out on the street.  

Harvey Weinstein was spotted arriving at New York’s Cipriani restaurant on Tuesday night carrying a fresh white shirt and jacket on a clothes hanger  

Moments later, she said she was approached by someone from inside the restaurant and was asked to delete the pictures. 

Shelley Ross said she first noticed Weinstein when he walked out of the restaurant ‘dressed like a homeless guy’.

She said he walked across the street to where a security car was parked but sat in a nearby window sill and started texting on his phone frantically. 

The car pulled away and returned about 10 minutes later with a fresh white shirt and jacket on a clothes hanger. 

Ross took several photos of Weinstein as he carried his clothes back towards the restaurant. 

She said he asked her if she was taking his photo and claims he momentarily paused to pose. 

Ross said she snapped a photo at that moment but someone walked in front of her camera. 

Seconds after Weinstein went back inside the restaurant, Ross said the host came out and asked for the photos to be deleted. 

Shelley Ross said she first noticed Weinstein when he walked out of the restaurant 'dressed like a homeless guy'. She said he walked across the street to where a security car was parked but sat in a nearby window sill and started texting on his phone frantically

Shelley Ross said she first noticed Weinstein when he walked out of the restaurant ‘dressed like a homeless guy’. She said he walked across the street to where a security car was parked but sat in a nearby window sill and started texting on his phone frantically

She said the car pulled away and returned about 10 minutes later with a fresh white shirt and jacket on a clothes hanger for Weinstein

She said the car pulled away and returned about 10 minutes later with a fresh white shirt and jacket on a clothes hanger for Weinstein

Ross took several photos of Weinstein as he carried his clothes back towards the restaurant. Seconds after Weinstein went back inside, Ross said the host came out and asked for the photos to be deleted

Ross took several photos of Weinstein as he carried his clothes back towards the restaurant. Seconds after Weinstein went back inside, Ross said the host came out and asked for the photos to be deleted

Ross, who has worked a print and broadcast journalist for decades, said it was just a reflex to take Weinstein’s photo with her iPhone. 

‘I was shocked to see him as he left the restaurant and crossed the street. He was badly limping, as if recovering from a hip replacement,’ Ross told DailyMail.com.

‘He sat down on what appeared to be a brick ledge. I was fascinated he was sitting alone, appearing to be waiting for someone. I didn’t expect him to return to the restaurant with a change of clothes.

‘I don’t know if the man who passed along Weinstein’s request that I delete the photo was the maitre d or someone else in management at the restaurant. While very polite, he was clearly someone comfortable in the role as Weinstein’s messenger.’ 

The restaurant, which is owned by entrepreneur Giuseppe Cipriani, was reportedly used by Weinstein as an alleged hunting ground before his fall from grace.

He was accused of sexually assaulting three women at a hotel owned by Cipriani.

Weinstein, whose case inspired the #MeToo movement, is set to stand trial in September in New York on sexual assault charges. 

He is charged with raping a woman in 2013 and performing a forcible sex act on a different woman in 2006. 

He has denied the allegations and has pleaded not guilty

Weinstein is free on $1 million bail ahead of his trial. 

The restaurant, which is owned by entrepreneur Giuseppe Cipriani, was reportedly used by Weinstein as an alleged hunting ground to pursue women before his fall from grace

The restaurant, which is owned by entrepreneur Giuseppe Cipriani, was reportedly used by Weinstein as an alleged hunting ground to pursue women before his fall from grace

Weinstein, whose case inspired the #MeToo movement, is set to stand trial in September in New York on sexual assault charges. He is pictured leaving court on July 11

Weinstein, whose case inspired the #MeToo movement, is set to stand trial in September in New York on sexual assault charges. He is pictured leaving court on July 11

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