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Ambra Battilana 'shaken' after alleged assault by Weinstein

Ambra Battilana, 22, was "very, very shaken" when she called her lawyer after allegedly being groped by Harvey Weinstein, her attorney says. Jonas Bresnan/Splash News

Ambra Battilana, 22, was “very, very shaken” when she called her lawyer after allegedly being groped by Harvey Weinstein, her attorney says.

Enlarge The 22-year-old is an Italian model. -/AFP/Getty Images

The 22-year-old is an Italian model.

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Ambra Battilana, 22, was “very, very shaken” when she called her lawyer after allegedly being groped by Harvey Weinstein, her attorney says.

The Italian lawyer for model Ambra Battilana says she was one of the first people the brunette beauty called after an alleged sexual assault by movie mogul Harvey Weinstein.

“I told her I believed she was telling the truth,” attorney Patrizia Bugnano told the Daily News on Thursday. “When she phoned me that morning, she was very, very shaken.”

No charges have been filed in last Friday’s incident inside Weinstein’s Tribeca office, although the investigation — now led by a top sex crimes prosecutor — continues.

Weinstein’s camp has insisted he never made inappropriate contact with the 22-year-old model.

Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein is seen Thursday outside his Manhattan home. Michael Graae/For New York Daily News

Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein is seen Thursday outside his Manhattan home.

Enlarge Ambra Battilana is a former Miss Italy contestant. -/AFP/Getty Images

Ambra Battilana is a former Miss Italy contestant.

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But The News reported the Oscar-winning producer never denied the charges during a post-incident phone call with Battilana as the NYPD listened in.

“The content of the phone call, there’s no question about what he did,” a source familiar with the call told The News.

Bugnano, who represented Battilana during the investigation of Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi’s wild orgies, said the former Miss Italy contestant was taking the right steps.

“If these things happened and Ambra wants to press charges, it’s right that she does it,” Bugnano said.

Patrizia Bugnano is Ambra Battilana's lawyer.Nicholas Fevelo for new york News

Patrizia Bugnano is Ambra Battilana’s lawyer.

The Italian attorney said Battilana proved herself a useful witness during the Berlusconi hearings, despite suggestions that she slept with a 70-year-old man in return for cash and gifts.

Weinstein, a 63-year-old married father of five, was silent outside his home Thursday, as he climbed into a black Lexus SUV. Daniel Connolly, lawyer for Weinstein, did not return a call for comment on the case.

Martha Bashford, head of the Manhattan district attorney’s sex crimes unit, is handling the probe. She was involved in the investigation of rape accusations against high-profile civil rights attorney Sanford Rubenstein. He was cleared.

Patrick Browne reported from Turin, Italy.

cnolan@nydailynew.com

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  1. Some guy may of touched her and she goes and gets a lawyer? Don’t the if the police haven’t arrested him what is a lawyer going to do? This guy must have a lot of money and turned her down and she is mad seeking public revenge and money is my guess.

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