Accuser: Harvey Weinstein raped me, his lawyer tricked me

Joann Johnston
June 5, 2018

A new rape allegation has been made against accused rapist Harvey Weinstein as part of a civil lawsuit alleging that he had help covering up his alleged sexual misconduct with women.

In the new complaint filed in the federal court in NY, which also aims at its former studios Miramax and The Weinstein Company, as well as several of their leaders, the producer is accused of raping in 2011, a woman who had come to NY in hopes to sell him a marketing tool.

The suit comes after Weinstein entered a not guilty plea following a NY grand jury's indictment on Thursday that included two counts of rape and one criminal sexual act.

Then several months later, Weinstein sexually assaulted, battered, threatened and falsely imprisoned her in his Miramax hotel suite at the Cannes Film Festival.

In response, Weinstein's lawyer Benjamin Brafman, said in a statement that he was not surprised by the indictment.

The lawsuit names Harvey Weinstein, Robert Weinstein, attorney Ben Brafman, The Walt Disney Company, Miramax and others, including Weinstein Company board members.

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She says a mutual friend connected her with Spiro in 2017; she says she was under the impression that Brafman's firm was representing Weinstein victims after the release of the New Yorker article that first detailed allegations of sexual misconduct against Weinstein. While she's describing Intercast Networks' business model, Weinstein allegedly touches her legs. As a substitute of constant the assembly within the resort's restaurant space, Weinstein informed Thompson to comply with him to what she thought can be a screening room within the resort, based on the criticism.

The other two actresses who are a party to the lawsuit are Caitlin Dulany and Larissa Gomes.

"She did not learn that Brafman was actually Weinstein's attorney until after turning over the evidence in her possession, causing her credible fear for her safety, severe emotional distress, and injury to her business and property", said the Manhattan federal court lawsuit.

He maintains he has never had non-consensual sex with a woman.

Only after sharing the evidence with Spiro did she realize that he worked at Brafman's firm, which was representing Weinstein.

Elizabeth Fegan, a partner at Hagens Berman, said "we are working to see a day of justice for the hundreds of women who were exploited for Weinstein´s sexual gratification and silenced by this ring of conspirators". Weinstein has denied ever engaging in nonconsensual sex, and a Weinstein lawyer said Friday he would move to dismiss the new suit.

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