Harvey Weinstein Sued by Actress Who Says He Raped Her

Anonymous plaintiff says that scandal-plagued movie mogul forced himself on her during a 2016 incident

Last Updated: November 14, 2017 @ 6:12 PM

Harvey Weinstein’s troubles continue to mount.

The disgraced movie mogul, who’s been accused of sexual misconduct by numerous women, has now been sued by an actress who says Weinstein forcefully masturbated in front of her and raped her.

In the suit, filed Tuesday, the actress — who’s listed as a Jane Doe plaintiff — says that she made Weinstein’s acquaintance in 2011 and attended various events with him over the ensuing years.

The actress says that she met with Weinstein to discuss a job on the series “Marco Polo,” which Weinstein served as an executive producer on, at the Montage Hotel in Beverly Hills. When she met with Weinstein, the suit says, he secured her wrists with one hand and masturbated in front of her to completion with the other.

During a subsequent 2016 incident, the suit says, the actress once again met with Weinstein to purportedly “celebrate her upcoming role” in the series. During this encounter, according to the lawsuit, a bathrobe-clad Weinstein threw the actress on the bed, drew her jeans down and began performing oral sex on her. According to the suit, the actress pushed Weinstein’s head off of her and told him to stop.

After which, the suit says, Weinstein put his “massive weight and strength” to use and forced himself on the actress, “pushing his penis inside of her vagina without a condom.”

According to the suit, the actress never actually landed the role on “Marco Polo,” which Netflix canceled in 2016 after two seasons.

The suit also names The Weinstein Company as a defendant.

“Any allegations of non-consensual sex are unequivocally denied by Mr. Weinstein. Mr. Weinstein has further confirmed that there were never any acts of retaliation against any women for refusing his advances,” a spokesperson for Weinstein told TheWrap when contacted about the lawsuit. “Mr. Weinstein obviously can’t speak to anonymous allegations, but with respect to any women who have made allegations on the record, Mr. Weinstein believes that all of these relationships were consensual.”

Alleging sexual battery, gender violence, negligence and other accounts, the suit seeks unspecified damages.

Weinstein has been embattled since an October, when the New York Times broke a lengthy investigative piece on Thursday alleging three decades of sexual misconduct by the Hollywood mogul, and said that eight women had received monetary settlements over the years in exchange for their silence. Since that report, a number of other accusers, including Angelina Jolie, Gwyneth Paltrow and numerous others, have come forward against Weinstein, who was fired from The Weinstein Company after the Times story broke.

Weinstein has denied the accusations against him.

Pamela Chelin contributed to this report.


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