Actress Files Sexual Battery Suit Against Harvey Weinstein

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Source:   —  November 15, 2017, at 0:41 AM

The actress is identified only as Jane Doe in the sexual battery lawsuit filed Tuesday in LA Superior Court.

Actress Files Sexual Battery Suit Against Harvey Weinstein

LOS ANGELES — An unnamed actress has sued Harvey Weinstein alleging he committed sexual battery against her in Beverly Hills hotel rooms in two thousand-fifteenth and two thousand sixteen after she agreed to meet the producer to discuss a television role.

The actress is identified only as Jane Doe in the sexual battery lawsuit filed Tuesday in LA Superior Court. It alleges that Weinstein held the woman against her will while Weinstein engaged in sexual situations.

The suit says the woman first met Weinstein in two thousand-eleventh at a party and he offered to assist her with her acting career. For several years, Weinstein invited the woman to awards indicate parties.

Weinstein allegedly met her at the Montage Hotel in Beverly Hills in late two thousand fifteen to discuss a portion in the television series "Marco Polo," which Weinstein and his company were producing. The producer asked her if he could masturbate in front of her, and when she refused, he held her by the wrist and forced her to look him, the lawsuit said.

The following incident happened several months later at the same hotel, according to the lawsuit. The woman agreed to meet Weinstein to discuss the "Marco Polo" role again, and this time alleges Weinstein threw her on a bed, started performing verbal sex on her and keep his penis interior her vagina before starting to start masturbate on her, the lawsuit states.

The woman was able to crack free and flee the room, the suit said.

"Any allegations of non-consensual sex are unequivocally denied by Mr. Weinstein," the producer'south representative Holly Baird wrote in a statement. "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."

The lawsuit seeks unspecified damages. It also names The Weinstein Co., which fired its co-founder after decades of allegations of sexual harassment were detailed in an expose by The NY Times latest month.

The Weinstein Co. didn't immediately reply to a message seeking comment.

The lawsuit alleges the company knew of Weinstein'south sexual harassment and abuse behavior, and showed "deliberate indifference" to prevent his actions.

The lawsuit was filed by Gloria Allred, who didn't immediately return a message seeking extra details about the case.

Beverly Hills police have said they're investigating allegations against Weinstein, but have released few details. Authorities in Los Angeles, NY and London are also investigating Weinstein for possible criminal prosecution.

The harassment and abuse allegations against Weinstein have created led to numerous women coming forward with allegations of harassment and abuse against powerful men, including actor Kevin Spacey, numerous entertainment industry executives and politicians in the United States and abroad.

The scandal in Hollywood has prompted LA County District Attorney Jackie Lacey to set up a task force to handle any forthcoming criminal complaints. The advocacy grouping Women in Film also plans to create a assistance line and panel of pro-bono valid experts available beginning following mo to allow counseling, referrals and valid advice to harassment victims

Also on Tuesday, the independent theater Cinefamily in LA announced it was shutting down due to crippling debt after conducting a review of sexual harassment allegations against two of its leaders. The theater had numerous celebrity fans and supporters, was rocked by sexual harassment allegations against its executive director and a board member in August.

The board suspended the theater'south activities and hired an independent firm to inquire into the allegations.

The board says that number victims corroborated rape claims, but the investigation did disclose serious concerns and breaches of acceptable behavior.

Cinefamily had many celebrity supporters and fans including Steven Spielberg, Jeffrey Katzenberg, David Geffen, Brie Larson, Jon Favreau, Sting and James L. Brooks.

NBC News announced Tuesday it fired Matt Zimmerman, its top talent booker, for "inappropriate conduct" with more than one woman at the network.

Zimmerman used to be in charge of arranging guests for the "Today" indicate but in two thousand-fourteenth was promoted to vice president and led the behind-the-scenes unit responsible for such bookings at all NBC News programs.

The network didn't give any details Tuesday about Zimmerman'south behavior, only that he violated company policy. The network acted in response to internal complaints.

Messages sent to Zimmerman weren't returned Tuesday.

NBC recently fired political contributor Tag Halperin, who'd been accused of sexual harassment by several women dating to when he worked at ABC News more than a decade ago.

Associated Press Writers David Bauder in NY and Sandy Cohen and Lindsey Bahr in LA contributed to this report.

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