New allegations surface against the disgraced movie producer.
Civil court papers filed Wednesday claim Harvey Weinstein allegedly forced a 16-year-old Polish model to touch his genitals nearly two decades ago.
The woman, identified as “Jane Doe” in the lawsuit, says she met Weinstein at a 2002 event for her then-modeling agency. When he learned she was interested in acting, the accused allegedly gave her his card and said they’d have lunch to discuss her future.
Weinstein reportedly called Jane Doe three days later, saying he and his driver would pick her up for lunch. Instead of dropping them off at a restaurant, Weinstein’s driver allegedly left them at his place in Soho.
The suit filed by lawyers Elizabeth Fegan and Emily Brown says:
“As Jane Doe rode the elevator with Weinstein, she became nervous. When the elevator door opened directly into Weinstein’s apartment, Jane Doe realized that they were completely alone.[Weinstein] wasted no time in aggressively and threateningly demanding sex… He told her that if she wanted to be an actress, she would have to be comfortable doing whatever the director told her to do — including losing her inhibitions and getting naked.”
Weinstein then allegedly demanded she strip:
“Terrified and struggling to hold back tears, Jane Doe said she would not and resisted his demands. Jane Doe was a virgin, and had no intention or understanding when she agreed to a business lunch that she would be put in this alarming position… He intimated that Jane Doe would never work as an actress unless she acquiesced to his demands. He then took off his pants and forcibly held Jane Doe while taking her hand and making her touch and massage his penis.”
Completely distraught, Jane Doe screamed and the producer ultimately let her leave.
Her refusal reportedly subjected her to years of harassment and emotional abuse, blocking her from a successful acting career.
Weinstein’s criminal lawyer has already responded, sharing:
“This claim is preposterous. Like so many other women in this case who have already been exposed as liars, this latest completely uncorroborated allegation that is almost 20 years old will also be shown to be patently false.”
Pretty scathing coming from someone who’s representing a serial abuser!
Jane’s story lines up with what we’ve heard from Weinstein’s other victims. She is also the 10th woman to join the class action lawsuit against Harevy, the Weinstein Company, and Miramax — accusing them of assault, battery, and racketeering.
We hope this accuser gets her day in court.
[Image via Drew Altizer/WENN]