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Harvey Weinstein Indicted on Rape, Criminal Sex Act Charges

Harvey Weinstein Indicted on Rape, Criminal Sex Act Charges

The complaint also alleges that Thompson sought help from the law firm of Benjamin Brafman last (northern) autumn and turned over her video evidence to the firm not realising that Brafman was representing Weinstein. There, she says Weinstein performed oral sex on her without her consent.

Disgraced film producer Harvey Weinstein has been indicted on first- and third-degree rape charges, as well as one criminal sex act charge, involving two NY women.

And, as it was mentioned at the beginning of the article, other women were named in the suit, including Caitlyn Dulany, who claims Harvey assaulted, battered, threatened, and held her in his hotel room during the Cannes Film Festival in 1996.

Melissa Thompson, one of the women filing the class action lawsuit, said she was sexually assaulted by Weinstein during a 2011 meeting to discuss a new marketing tool. At the hotel, he led her to a room, where, she said, a few minutes later he forced her onto a bed and raped her. "Thompson was fighting back, but could not outmuscle him", the lawsuit said.

Thompson was recording video at the time of the meeting as part of a digital technology pitch she was making to the disgraced producer.

The 66-year-old Weinstein was charged with rape and a sex crime in NY last week, almost eight months after his career imploded in a blaze of accusations of misconduct. It became clear Weinstein wanted more than a business deal, the suit says, and Thompson went to the bathroom to escape.

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"Deceptive tactics were used to entice her to turn over her visual and audio evidence of Weinstein's conduct (which she did)", it said.

The lawsuit reportedly names Weinstein, board members from his now-defunct production company and the Miramax film company as defendants.

The attorney of the women is hoping to make the lawsuit a class-action suit to represent the other women who have accused Harvey of similar crimes.

Phyllis Kupferstein, a lawyer for Weinstein, likened the lawsuit to an earlier one filed by the same lawyers on behalf of a different group of women and said the case "suffers from the same lack of merit".

The third plaintiff, actress Larissa Gomes, alleges that Weinstein cornered her in a hotel room in Toronto in 2000, tried to get her to give him a massage and asked to see her breast. A lawyer for Weinstein did not immediately respond to a request to comment. Dulany and Gomes have previously spoken publicly.


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