Monday 15 October 2018

Allegations mount as another actress comes forward to accuse media mogul of rape

Dominique Huett is suing The Weinstein Company. Photo: AP
Dominique Huett is suing The Weinstein Company. Photo: AP

Peter Johnson in Los Angeles

Actress Natassia Malthe has alleged that Harvey Weinstein raped her in a London hotel after a 2008 Bafta awards ceremony, in the latest claim of sexual assault by the disgraced movie mogul.

Following dozens of allegations of sexual harassment and assault, the Norwegian actress and model told a press conference in New York she felt pressured into telling Weinstein she was staying at the Sanderson Hotel after being put on the spot.

Malthe (43) said that after her shift as a spokeswoman for an electronics firm on February 10 she went back to her room and went to sleep, but was awoken by "repeated pounding" on her door, from someone yelling: "Open the door Natassia Malthe, it's Harvey Weinstein."

Feeling humiliated, she said she opened the door.

She alleged that a semi-undressed Weinstein began implying that sex would get her a role in an upcoming film and began to touch himself.

Disgust

"I was sitting on the bed talking to Harvey, when he pushed me back and forced himself onto me. It was not consensual. He did not use a condom," she said.

"I was completely grossed out. I believe that I disassociated during the time that he was having sex with me.

"I laid still and closed my eyes and just wanted it to end. I was like a dead person. Afterwards, I lay there in complete disgust."

The next day, she received a script, she alleged, before returning to Los Angeles, where she said she was given the impression that she had landed a role in the movie 'Nine', a film produced by Weinstein that would star Daniel Day-Lewis, Penelope Cruz, Nicole Kidman and Judi Dench.

Malthe claimed that Weinstein asked her to meet him at the Beverly Hills Peninsula Hotel, where he allegedly said an assistant would be present.

But instead, he asked her to engage in a threesome with him and another woman, she alleged.

She refused and when she later called him to say a role in a movie was not worth it, he became angry and called her an "ungrateful c***", she claimed.

"I had experienced sexual harassment from other powerful men in Hollywood, but my experiences with Harvey were the worst," Malthe added.

Her lawyer Gloria Allred said that Malthe was "considering" whether to make a report to police over the allegation, which is at least the sixth claim of rape to have been made against Weinstein so far.

Harassment

Weinstein (65) is the subject of criminal investigations in London, New York and Los Angeles and The Weinstein Company (TWC), which he co-founded, is the subject of a civil-rights investigation.

TWC, which sacked Weinstein, is also being sued for €4.3m by actress Dominique Huett, who claims that the studio was negligent for having knowledge of Weinstein's behaviour.

Weinstein himself has "unequivocally denied" allegations of non-consensual sex. (© Daily Telegraph, London)

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