Wednesday 16 October 2019

Weinstein accused of attacks on teen model

Harvey Weinstein (Seth Wenig/AP)
Harvey Weinstein (Seth Wenig/AP)

Harriet Alexander in New York

A Polish woman who alleges she was sexually assaulted and harassed by Harvey Weinstein over 10 years, has become the 10th plaintiff to join a class action suit against the fallen film tycoon.

Weinstein is alleged to have told the woman, who was just 16 at the time they met, that he had "made" the careers of stars including Penelope Cruz and Gwyneth Paltrow - as he tried to force himself on her.

In court documents obtained by Sky News, the woman, named only as Jane Doe, says she moved to the US in 2002 and met Weinstein at an event hosted by her model agency.

It is alleged that a few days later, Weinstein took the teenager to his Soho apartment, where he "aggressively and threateningly" demanded sex.

"Weinstein threatened and pressured Jane Doe, saying that he had 'made' the careers of Penelope Cruz and Gwyneth Paltrow, and neither would be working without him," the court papers read.

It is claimed Weinstein "took off his pants and forcibly held Jane Doe while taking her hand and making her touch and massage him.

"As Weinstein forcibly caused her to touch him, Jane Doe continuously protested. [His] demeanour became intense as if he were hunting prey.

"Weinstein made it clear that, by refusing his sexual demands, Jane Doe was giving up her opportunity to make it in Hollywood."

Irish Independent

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