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Model had controlled phone call with Harvey Weinstein, source says

Ambra Battilana, the Italian model who has accused movie mogul Harvey Weinstein of sexual assault, had a controlled phone call with Weinstein that was set up by the NYPD after she filed her complaint, The New York Daily News reported Thursday. 

A source close to the investigation confirmed to FOX411 that call did indeed take place.

Battilana’s attorney David Godosky would not comment on the call, but defended his client’s credibility.

“She cooperating with authorities and she’s a credible witness,” said Godosky.

When asked if Battilana was sexually assaulted by Weinstein, Godosky said: “It’s pretty clear.”

The 22-year-old former Italian beauty queen was identified as Weinstein’s accuser on Tuesday. There has been speculation as to why the model’s identity was revealed. Godosky said he did not know the reason or who revealed his client’s name to the press.

He added his client is not afraid of any possible repercussions of accusing Weinstein.

Battilana posted a message on her official Facebook page on Monday: “Don’t stop dreaming just because you had a nightmare.”  She then posted a message asking for people to follow her on Twitter but that message has since been deleted, and her Twitter account appears to have been deleted as well.

Battilana, who uses the name Ambra Gutierrez professionally, is no stranger to controversy.  She was one of the key witnesses for the trial against former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi in 2013, and claimed to witness his ‘bunga bunga’ orgies. 

Battilana claims she met Weinstein at his Tribeca-based office on March 27th for a meeting, and during that time he asked if her breasts were real then proceeded to touch her inappropriately.  She claims she said no, and left his office. Following the incident, she went to the police.

Our source added that Weinstein “lawyered up” and did not talk directly to the police. 

Gutierrez is represented by One Management in New York. The agency had no comment on the incident.

The Manhattan District Attorney’s office also would not comment.

A rep for Weinstein told The New York Post: "We are cooperating fully with the authorities and are confident that we will be fully vindicated. We will have no further comment."

An email to Weinstein's rep was not returned.

Fox News.com Reporter and FOX411 host Diana Falzone covers celebrity news and interviews some of today's top celebrities and newsmakers.  You can follow her on Twitter @dianafalzone.