Harvey Weinstein was going through a brand new rape allegation on Friday, together with claims lady captured video of Weinstein assaulting her, as a part of a lawsuit alleging that he had assist overlaying up his misconduct with ladies.
The lawsuit was filed in New York by three ladies, together with one who says Weinstein raped her at a Manhattan resort in 2011. It comes every week after Weinstein was arrested on New York state rape and legal intercourse act fees.
In accordance with the lawsuit, Melissa Thompson met with Weinstein at his Manhattan workplace, the place she turned on her laptop’s video recording functionality to assist reveal web expertise she wished his firm to purchase. The lawsuit alleged that the recorded photos captured a few of Weinstein’s advances.
As she confirmed him the expertise, Weinstein requested “So am I allowed to flirt with you?” the lawsuit stated. It stated Thompson, feeling cornered however wanting to complete the demonstration, responded: “Ummmmm. We’ll see. A bit of bit.”
Weinstein turned curt and when she continued together with her enterprise presentation, he ran his fingers over her again, caressed her leg and moved his hand underneath her gown, in response to the lawsuit.
On the finish of the assembly, Weinstein promised to make a deal for the expertise however requested her to satisfy for a drink later within the day at a Manhattan resort bar, the lawsuit stated.
When she met him on the bar, in response to the lawsuit, Weinstein nearly instantly led her to a room on the resort after which cornered and “out-muscled” her as she tried to combat off his advances. She alleges he then held her down and raped her.
She didn’t report it to regulation enforcement authorities as a result of she feared for her security and profession, the lawsuit stated. “She knew that Weinstein might and would destroy her if she complained about his sexual misconduct.”
Apart from Thompson, two different ladies made new claims within the lawsuit, which seeks class-action standing to symbolize a whole bunch of different ladies it says had been victimized by Weinstein and what it described as his enablers.
The lawsuit seeks unspecified damages in addition to retribution for sophistication members’ lack of work alternatives and “devastating harm” to their careers. It alleges racketeering, witness tampering, mail and wire fraud, assault, civil battery, negligent supervision and retention and intentional infliction of emotional misery.
The lawsuit alleges that Weinstein was supported in his sexual pursuits by movie corporations and dozens of staff for these corporations who knew he was abusing ladies.
Phyllis Kupferstein, a lawyer for Weinstein, likened the lawsuit to an earlier one filed by the identical legal professionals on behalf of a special group of girls and stated the case “suffers from the identical lack of advantage.” Weinstein has denied sexually assaulting anybody.
Following his arrest final week, Weinstein was launched on $1 million bail and is required to put on an digital monitoring bracelet.
“Harvey Weinstein might have been put in handcuffs for his assault on two ladies, however we’re working to see a day of justice for the a whole bunch of girls who had been exploited for Weinstein’s sexual gratification and silenced by this ring of conspirators,” stated Elizabeth Fegan, an lawyer who labored on Friday’s lawsuit.
In a launch, Thompson stated she was referred to Ben Brafman’s regulation agency after allegations from dozens of girls made headlines final fall. Brafman, who represents Weinstein in his legal case, stated in a press release Friday that his agency has by no means represented Thompson and he has by no means met her or the opposite ladies recognized within the new lawsuit.
Caitlin Dulany, a second plaintiff, was sexually assaulted, battered, threatened and falsely imprisoned in Weinstein’s resort suite in the course of the Cannes Movie Pageant in 1996, the lawsuit stated.
Larissa Gomes, the third plaintiff, went to debate work alternatives in movie however ended up imprisoned in Weinstein’s resort room, threatened, battered and assaulted, the lawsuit stated.
Via her regulation agency, Thompson stated she was comfy with being named publicly. Dulany and Gomes have beforehand spoken publicly. The Related Press doesn’t determine alleged victims of sexual assaults except they arrive ahead publicly.