Harvey Weinstein was hit with a new lawsuit Friday by a woman who says he sexually assaulted her at film festivals in France and Canada. The accuser, who filed the Manhattan federal suit under the pseudonym Jane Doe, claims the fallen Hollywood mogul and convicted rapist first approached her at the Cannes Film Festival in …
Harvey Weinstein was hit with a new lawsuit Friday by a woman who says he sexually assaulted her at film festivals in France and Canada.
The accuser, who filed the Manhattan federal suit under the pseudonym Jane Doe, claims the fallen Hollywood mogul and convicted rapist first approached her at the Cannes Film Festival in 2007 when she was a 22-year-old aspiring actress.
Weinstein told the woman he wanted to discuss her career and set up a meeting in his Majestic Hotel suite with her and his assistant, according to the suit.
All three of them briefly spoke about her career, but then the assistant left the room, and Weinstein started to sexually assault her, the suit states.
“Weinstein … clutched Plaintiff and tried to force her into massaging him. When Plaintiff refused to massage him, Weinstein continued to grope Plaintiff and tried to take off her clothes,” the suit states.
She ran out of the room before he could rape her, according to the suit, but agreed to meet with him twice more during the film festival.
At their third meeting, the Hollywood mogul raped her after an evening of partying with a number of people in the film industry.
“After Plaintiff and Weinstein met with various people in their hotel suites, Weinstein brought Plaintiff back to his hotel suite. Weinstein then used his considerable size and strength advantage to pin Plaintiff down and rape her,” according to the suit.
Weinstein allegedly assaulted her several other times over the next nine years, according to the suit, including once at the Toronto Film Festival in 2014.
At the festival, Weinstein pestered her to meet him at his hotel room to discuss her career. After telling him that she was in a relationship, he assured her that he “wouldn’t do anything,” and she agreed to meet with him.
“Once in the hotel room. Weinstein began to force himself physically on Plaintiff. Weinstein again tried to force Plaintiff into sex acts against her will,” the suit says.
“When Plaintiff tried to fight him, Weinstein used his strength and size to pin her down. After much effort, Plaintiff managed to leave the room without Weinstein sexually penetrating her.”
The woman is seeking a jury trial and unspecified damages.
Weinstein was convicted in February of criminal sexual act in the first degree for forcibly performing oral sex on former “Project Runway” TV production assistant Miriam “Mimi” Haleyi and rape in the third degree for an attack on hairstylist Jessica Mann.
Weinstein — who was sentenced to 23 years in prison in March — has been the subject of dozens of lawsuits alleging sexual misconduct.