Monday, 22 October, 2018

Harvey Weinstein Sued Over Alleged Rape, Sexual Harassment Caught on Video

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Ivan Hill | 05 June, 2018, 17:37

A new lawsuit filed against Harvey Weinstein on Friday reportedly details allegations from three women, one of whom claims the disgraced Hollywood producer raped her.

The woman, Melissa Thompson, accuses Weinstein of luring her to his hotel room for a meeting in 2011 and then forcibly raping her.

Mr Weinstein's lawyer has said he will deny all the charges against him.

His lawyer Benjamin Brafman said the indictment did not come as a surprise.

The lawsuit names Harvey Weinstein, Robert Weinstein, attorney Ben Brafman, The Walt Disney Company, Miramax and others, including Weinstein Company board members.

He could face up to 25 years in prison if convicted of either offence.

Weinstein has been accused by more than a dozen women of sexual misconduct.

The lawsuit also alleges that Weinstein's attorneys used "deceptive tactics" in October 2017, causing her to believe that they were working for the victims in order to entice her to turn over her visual and audio evidence of Weinstein's actions, which she did.

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The other two actresses who are a party to the lawsuit are Caitlin Dulany and Larissa Gomes. Weinstein has denied sexually assaulting anyone.

Thompson says she never reported it out of fear for her safety and career.

"To the extent he spoke with or met with any of these women, he did so on his own time after he had left this firm and was already employed by Quinn Emanuel", Brafman said.

They are suing Weinstein - as well as Miramax and The Weinstein Company - for assault, battery and racketeering.

At the end of the meeting, Weinstein promised to make a deal for the technology but asked her to meet for a drink later in the day at a Manhattan hotel bar, the lawsuit said. The suit adds Brafman & Associates to the list of Law Firm Participants in the Weinstein Sexual Enterprise that violated RICO.

Today, a second wave of survivors of Harvey Weinstein's sexual assault and witness tampering represented by attorneys from Hagens Berman and The Armenta Law Firm filed a new class-action lawsuit.

Civil suits against criminal defendants such as Weinstein are usually put on hold until the resolution of a criminal case; so far, Weinstein's lawyers have not filed the required motions to set that process in motion.

Ms Gomes said Weinstein invited her to his room at a hotel in Toronto in 2000, ostensibly to talk about parts for her, then groped her breasts and propositioned her, saying other actresses "had no problem" having sex with him.

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