Two people say they were kicked out of a New York City bar on Wednesday for addressing the "elephant in the room": Harvey Weinstein seated at a nearby table with young women. "It's Freddy Krueger in the room, if you will. I didn't know that we have to bring our own Mace and rape whistles to Actors' Hour," comic Kelly Bachman said from the stage at the private event at Manhattan's Downtime bar, where various artists performed, per NBC News. There were boos and a male voice yelled "shut up," though female voices were heard cheering Bachman on. "Oh, shut up?" she replied. "This kills at group therapy for rape survivors," the comic said. Per CNN, Bachman was later kicked out for joining an audience member who addressed Weinstein directly.
"I'm going to stand four feet from a f---ing rapist and nobody is going to say anything?" Zoe Stuckless shouted before being asked to leave. It was "a horrible, painful reminder of the power a man like Weinstein holds even now. It was a reminder that even in this time of relative awareness it is hypnotically easy to be pulled into a culture of silence," the 21-year-old later wrote on Facebook. But "I owe it to myself, I owe it to the survivors and to all the women that Harvey has victimized to say something." Bachman said Weinstein had reportedly been invited by the event founder. A rep later said Weinstein was with friends "trying to find some solace in his life that has been turned upside down." The scene "was uncalled for, downright rude, and an example of how due process today is being squashed by the public." (Read more Harvey Weinstein stories.)