Model Ambra Gutierrez is celebrating being named one of Time magazine’s people of the year by giving back.
Gutierrez, who came forward in 2015 to accuse Harvey Weinstein of groping her long before it was known that he was a power perv, was honored by the magazine along with creep-slayers Rose McGowan, Ashley Judd and Selma Blair on Wednesday.
She’s now using her spotlight to draw attention to Humanility with a Thursday night fund-raiser during Miami’s Art Basel festival. The organization works to provide shelter and assistance to impoverished children worldwide.
“I’m very happy to see the world changing into something good,” she told us while preparing for the party, which takes place at 10 p.m. at the Kama Beach Club pop-up @ Hype Studios. “It’s true that unity gives you strength.”
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According to Gutierrez, The Time magazine honor justifies the dark period between her filing charges again Weinstein and his finally being exposed as a monster.
“I only wish this had happened two years ago,” she told us. “I was really alone back then, but everything happens in the right time and right now is only the start of an amazing future.”
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Gutierrez, a budding model, first gained notoriety in 2015 when she went to authorities to complain that Weinstein had sexually assaulted her during a private meeting in his office. Some tabloids at the time implied she was an opportunist looking to exploit a wealthy film producer, and she says she struggled to find work. It wasn’t until October, when the New York Times published a bombshell report detailing a plethora of allegations against Weinstein, that Gutierrez saw vindication. Now, she’s using social media to push for a law that would require a third party to be present when artists meet with producers.
Gutierrez says partygoers at her Thursday night event can rest assured that Weinstein won’t be among the celebs in attendance.
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“I think Harvey has lots of things to do,” she laughed. The disgraced movie mogul could find himself doing time as both the NYPD and LAPD continue their investigations into his alleged sexual misconduct.
With Brian Niemietz