After the NY Times published their story about "decades of sexual harassment allegations" against movie producer Harvey Weinstein, many who work in and cover Hollywood were amazed—because Weinstein's behavior has apparently been an "open secret," tolerated because of the power he wields. Now, a former reporter for News 12 says that Weinstein essentially trapped her in a deserted NYC restaurant and masturbated in front of her.

Lauren Sivan told the Huffington Post that she met Weinstein and other people at Cipriani and then "rode with him and others to Socialista, a Cuban-themed club and restaurant in which Weinstein and Giuseppe Cipriani, who was then the head of the Cipriani restaurant empire, were investors."

When they got to the club, Weinstein reportedly asked Sivan if she wanted a tour. "Sivan said she reluctantly agreed and they went downstairs to the restaurant. Just before Sivan left, the friend told her that if she wasn’t back in 10 minutes, she would come to check on her," according to the Huffington Post. While in the kitchen, Weinstein told two employees to leave. From the Huffington Post:

Once they left, Sivan says Weinstein leaned in and tried to kiss her. Sivan rejected that attempt and told him she had a long-term boyfriend. Weinstein then said to Sivan, “Well, can you just stand there and shut up.”

At this point, Weinstein and Sivan were in a vestibule between the kitchen and bathrooms. The only way for Sivan to get away from Weinstein required her to get past him and go through the kitchen. Sivan says she was trapped by Weinstein’s body and was intimidated.

Weinstein then proceeded to expose himself to Sivan and began to masturbate. Sivan said she was deeply shocked by Weinstein’s behavior and was frozen and didn’t know what to do or say. The incident in the vestibule didn’t last long. Sivan says Weinstein ejaculated quickly into a potted plant that was in the vestibule and then proceeded to zip up his pants and they walked back into the kitchen.

Since more than 10 minutes had passed, Sivan's friend says she went to look for them, but was initially stopped by a security guard. The friend told the Huffington Post "that she explained the 10-minute limit she gave to Sivan and said, 'Do you mean to tell me if she’s in trouble down there, you’re not going to let me in?' The security guard agreed to let the friend down to the cafe."

By the time she headed toward the kitchen, Sivan and Weinstein had emerged, the friend said.

The Huffington Post contacted Weinstein's company for comment but has not heard back yet.

Kim Masters, the Hollywood Reporter's editor at large, told the NY Times, "The unfortunate reality of Hollywood is that if someone has money, then they can generally find some kind of audience of people who are interested in working with them." According to the Times, "Ms. Masters had been chasing the Weinstein story for years. She said she had gotten near 'the end zone' once, only to bump up against the ultimate silencer: fear."

"At the last minute, the source withdrew," she said.

The Times managed break their story apparently thanks to some women who cooperated—like actress Ashley Judd who recounted a harrowing hotel room meeting with him—and access to settlements Weinstein's companies made with women. Weinstein has accused the TImes of "reckless reporting" but attorney Lisa Bloom, who has been advising Weinstein, confirmed that his behavior was sexual harassment.

The NY Post is now floating the tantalizing idea that Weinstein's brother Bob (the brothers founded Miramax and later The Weinstein Company, churning out Oscar-winning or pop-culture-defining films like sex, lies and videotape, Pulp Fiction, Trainspotting, Shakespeare in Love, Good Will Hunting, The King's Speech, Silver Linings Playbook, and more) may have been involved the Times story.

Bob Weinstein, the disgruntled co-founder of The Weinstein Company, may have been the mastermind behind an exposé of lurid sex allegations that led to his brother’s humiliating downfall, the sources said.

“Bob’s wanted Harvey out for years,” said a former staffer, who added that the two brothers are becoming increasingly suspicious of each other.

Insiders believe that Bob may have helped concoct the explosive New York Times story that exposed the harassment allegations from Ashley Judd, Rose McGowan and other former employees.

“Bob may have even fed this story” to the Times, the insider said.

There may have been a taste for vengeance in the brother’s fateful move, as another insider said, “Bob wanted Harvey to get what’s coming to him.”

A former employee said, "There has always been a love-hate relationship between the brothers. There have been times they wouldn’t speak for months. Let’s just say they have an ‘inconsistent’ relationship."

Bob Weinstein denied the accusation, but now he, along with Weinstein Company COO David Glasser, will be running the company while Harvey Weinstein is on "indefinite leave." The company is also hiring outside counsel to investigate the claims of sexual harassment.