In a proposed class action filed Friday in NY federal court, three actresses claim Harvey Weinstein, Disney, Miramax, a former Brafman & Associates attorney and other companies, law firms and individuals comprised a "sexual enterprise" that facilitated the media mogul's predatory behavior, including a newly alleged rape.
Since October 2017, more than 60 women have reported that Weinstein used his power in the entertainment industry to sexually harass them.
"Weinstein held Thompson down and raped her. Thompson closed her eyes, traumatized, praying for the assault to finish".
"Melissa Thompson claims she had a meeting with Weinstein at his NY office in September 2011 to pitch her tech company's new video platform to use in the movie biz, but nearly immediately he started harassing her", TMZ reports.
The lawsuit not only accuses Harvey Weinstein of criminal activity, but also his enablers: brother Robert Weinstein, The Walt Disney Company, Miramax, and Weinstein Company board members (among others).
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We are told the video, which The Blast previously viewed before the lawsuit, will be evidence of Weinstein's assault and will become a key piece of evidence in the case.
Through a Weinstein spokesman, Juda Englemayer, Brafman denied he or his firm ever represented Thompson, and added he never met with her or any other woman named in the lawsuit.
"Alex Spiro was by no means a companion of this agency he was one in every of many Associates and left this agency in or about Sept 2017", Brafman stated within the assertion.
Weinstein informed her the assembly would proceed on the Tribeca Grand Lodge after he completed enhancing a film, the criticism says.
Friday's lawsuit was the second filed in Manhattan that seeks class action status for victims and alleges he oversaw a "Weinstein Sexual Enterprise" akin to a racketeering conspiracy.
He maintains he has never had non-consensual sex with a woman. "We will soon formally move to dismiss the indictment and if this case actually proceeds to trial, we expect Mr. Weinstein to be acquitted".