Published: Tue, June 05, 2018
Life&Culture | By Peggy Hughes

Lawyer fights for Harvey Weinstein, in court and out

Lawyer fights for Harvey Weinstein, in court and out

A class-action lawsuit filed by three women on Friday accuses disgraced Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein of an additional rape allegation after his indictment for rape and sexual crimes this week.

One woman, Melissa Thompson, accuses Weinstein of sexually harassing her when she went to his office to pitch a business idea, then luring her to a hotel room in NY and raping her.

Weinstein was charged last week with a 2013 rape and forcing a woman to engage in oral sex in 2004.

He later lured her to a hotel room at the TriBeCa Grand Hotel to finalize a deal, and then raped her, leaving her "nauseous and distressed" and "dirty and ashamed", the suit said, never reporting it to authorities because of fear of Weinstein but confiding in a friend who put her in touch with Spiro in October 2017.

"Melissa Thompson claims she had a meeting with Weinstein at his NY office in September 2011 to pitch her tech company's new video platform to use in the movie biz, but nearly immediately he started harassing her", TMZ reports.

Brafman, who is now representing Weinstein in the criminal case brought against him by the Manhattan district attorney's office, said in a statement that he never met with Thompson or any of the other plaintiffs in the suit.

The law firms have brought additional suits representing other survivors, and accuse Miramax, The Weinstein Company and other parties of facilitating Weinstein's organized pattern of predatory behavior, equating to an enterprise that violates the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act, commonly referred to as the RICO Act, the same law brought against members of the Mafia for organized criminal behavior.

He could face up to 25 years in prison if convicted of either offence.

According to the report from The Associated Press, Weinstein met up with her in 2011 for business purposes and, through his overwhelming size and physical strength, he pinned her down and raped her. Deceptive tactics were used to entice her to turn over her visual and audio evidence of Weinstein's conduct (which she did).

Harvey Weinstein is facing another rape allegation in a new class action lawsuit that was filed this week.

As for Brafman, he left room to walk back his own claims, saying that if Spiro ever had spoken with or met these women, he'd done so on his own time after leaving Brafman's firm for another.

Weinstein has denied all nonconsensual sexual encounters.

"I never have and I never would represent Harvey Weinstein", Spiro continued. The second time Larissa met with him, Weinstein imprisoned her in his hotel room and threatened, battered and assaulted her, causing her physical and emotional distress and injury to her property and livelihood.

In a statement, Kupferstein Manuel name attorney Phyllis Kupferstein, who is part of the legal team representing Weinstein in the previous RICO suit filed in the Southern District of NY, said the latest suit "suffers from the same lack of merit" as the previous suit, which Weinstein's team has sought to dismiss.

Like this: