Latest Class-Action Lawsuit Against Harvey Weinstein Reveals New Sexual Assault Allegations

Latest Class-Action Lawsuit Against Harvey Weinstein Reveals New Sexual Assault Allegations

The complaint also details how she initially approached the law firm of Benjamin Brafman previous year, and turned over evidence, before realizing that Weinstein was actually a client of Brafman's.

Weinstein has consistently denied all allegations of non-consensual sex.

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. In March 1996, Weinstein picked her up at her NY apartment for what she thought was a platonic dinner.

In the lawsuit filed on Friday in Federal District Court in Manhattan, Ms. Thompson said she first talked to Mr. Weinstein about her digital marketing platform at a meeting in his office at 375 Greenwich Street on September 29, 2011.

The incident wasn't reported to authorities, the lawsuit said, because Thompson "knew that Weinstein could and would destroy her if she complained about his sexual misconduct".

Thompson went to a follow-up meeting with Weinstein at a restaurant at the Tribeca Grand Hotel that same day, and the meeting quickly moved to a hotel room, the suit says.

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Harvey Weinstein leaves the Manhattan Criminal Court in New York, May 25, 2018. The lawsuit accuses Weinstein of running offices at the movie companies he controlled - Miramax and then the Weinstein Company - and hotel rooms like a "casting couch", and says this was "a choice facilitated and condoned by Miramax, the Weinstein Company and its board of directors".

The lawsuit reportedly seeks to have class-action status in order to represent other women that it claims were victimized by Weinstein and what it described as his enablers. Friday's case was filed in NY.

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.

After news broke of Weinstein's string of sexual accusers in October 2017, Thompson "was led to believe that Brafman and Spiro were representing victims against Weinstein", according to the plaintiffs' lawyers.

The lawsuit sues Weinstein, a series of companies, including Disney, and named executives and unnamed plaintiffs that he has worked with, many of whom are seen as having enabled his conduct.

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