Monday 19 August 2019

Actress sues Harvey Weinstein over alleged rape in Beverly Hills

She is also suing The Weinstein Company, accusing it of “deliberate indifference”.

Harvey Weinstein
Harvey Weinstein

By Sam Blewett, Press Association Los Angeles Correspondent

Harvey Weinstein is being sued by an actress who accuses him of raping her in a Beverly Hills hotel after they discussed a role in one of his shows.

The actress, identified only as Jane Doe in court papers filed on Tuesday, is also suing the studio he co-founded, accusing it of “deliberate indifference”.

She claims Weinstein first assaulted her in 2015 and then raped her in the Montage Hotel in spring last year after he discussed getting her a role in his Marco Polo TV series.

Harvey Weinstein

Later, he telephoned her but she swore at him and hung up the phone and she was never given the role despite being told she was a “perfect addition” to the show, it is alleged by the accuser’s lawyer Gloria Allred.

The woman is suing Weinstein for damages and compensation for lost wages for the alleged sexual battery, as well as suing at The Weinstein Company (TWC), which has sacked the producer.

“With deliberate indifference, the companies failed to take necessary, proper or adequate measures in order to prevent the violation of (the accuser’s) rights,” Ms Allred wrote.

The firm “did not terminate him despite knowing, or should have known of, his long and well-known history of abusing and sexually harassing women based on sex”, the suit added.

A spokeswoman for Weinstein, 65, said he denies “any allegations of non-consensual sex”, adding: “Mr Weinstein has further confirmed that there were never any acts of retaliation against any women for refusing his advances.”

Harvey Weinstein

Police in London, New York and Los Angeles are investigating the producer who has been accused by dozens of women of sexual harassment and assault.

TWC is also being sued by actress Dominique Huett who claims she was assaulted by Weinstein and the firm was negligent for knowing about his alleged offending.

Weinstein is also suing TWC for access to his emails that he believes contain information “exonerating” him.

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