News & Opinion | June 25, 2018 10:43 am

The Owner of the Nightclubs That Were Harvey Weinstein’s “Hunting Grounds”

Giuseppe Cipriani's hotels, bars and restaurants are where women say the disgraced movie mogul attacked them.

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Giuseppe Cipriani and Harvey Weinstein attend de Grisogono Sponsors The 2005 Wall Street Concert Series Benefitting Wall Street Rising, with a Performance by Sheryl Crow at Cipriani Wall Street on April 26, 2005 in New York City. (Joe Schildhorn/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
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Harvey Weinstein and Giuseppe Cipriani were close friends for 20 years, dining together every Wednesday night at The Sherry-Netherland Hotel near Central Park. They invested in each other’s businesses, like when Weinstein invested in Cipriani London, and Cipriani provided money that helped start the fashion label of Weinstein’s wife. But The Daily Beast reports that there was a darker side to their relationship. Cipriani’s properties were Weinstein’s “hunting ground,” according to a woman who says she was attacked by Weinstein at a Cipriani property.

The Daily Beast spoke to more than two dozen people about Cipriani and Weinstein’s relationship. They say that Weinstein would bring celebs to Cipriani properties and Cipriani would introduce Weinstein to women. Weinstein is accused of three sexual assaults at Cipriani properties and is charged with a fourth assault against a woman he met at Cipriani Upstairs in Manhattan.