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

Posted June 02, 2018

The third woman said Weinstein tried to forcibly kiss her in his hotel room, claims similar to those shared by numerous dozens of women who have accused him of sexual misconduct.

The lawsuit reportedly names Weinstein, board members from his now-defunct production company and the Miramax film company as defendants. It comes a week after Weinstein was arrested on NY state rape and criminal sex act charges.

Almost 100 women have now accused Weinstein of crimes ranging from sexual harassment to assault and rape going back decades. In March 1996, Weinstein picked her up at her NY apartment for what she thought was a platonic dinner. The first had other people present, but she was alone for the second, when Weinstein requested that she join him in his bed, and expose her breast.

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Disgraced film producer Harvey Weinstein has been indicted on first- and third-degree rape charges, as well as one criminal sex act charge, involving two NY women.

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.

Phyllis Kupferstein, a lawyer for Weinstein, likened the lawsuit to an earlier one filed by the same lawyers on behalf of a different group of women and said the case "suffers from the same lack of merit".

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The lawsuit was filed one week after he was arrested on rape and criminal sex act charges stemming from accounts by other women.

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".

Melissa Thompson, the primary woman in the suit, claims she was referred to Benjamin Brafman's law firm, the main attorney-at-law for the embattled Hollywood executive. A lawyer for Weinstein did not immediately respond to a request to comment.

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Dulaney's co-plaintiff, Larissa Gomes, met Weinstein in 2000 while employed as an ensemble dancer/actress in "Get Over It", a Miramax film with Kirsten Dunst and Mila Kunis released the following year. The Associated Press does not identify alleged victims of sexual assaults unless they come forward publicly.