Weinstein Company sued for $5M, ex-assistant alleges sexual assault

by Sophie Craig October 26, 2017, 0:43
Weinstein Company sued for $5M, ex-assistant alleges sexual assault

She filed the first lawsuit against the company on Tuesday claiming negligence for knowing about Weinstein's sexual misdeeds dating back decades and failing to do anything about it.

"It's a civil case and one of her motivations is to kind of clean up Hollywood by holding the (Weinstein) company accountable for the casting couch, which would be a seismic shift in Hollywood", he said.

Another woman said Tuesday that movie mogul Harvey Weinstein sexually assaulted her. Mimi Haleyi, represented by attorney Gloria Allred, said he lured her to a SoHo loft in 2006, where he backed her into what seemed to be a children's bedroom, and forcibly performed oral sex on her. "He held me down on the bed". Haleyi had reportedly been delivered to Weinstein's hotel room by an assistant while under the presumption they would be discussing work. She said she will seek resolution with Weinstein and his legal team after he returns from rehab.

Huett, who also appeared on "Megyn Kelly Today" Wednesday morning with fellow Weinstein accuser Mimi Haleyi, explained that she's coming forward now thanks to the other women who have shared their stories.

Her story is strikingly similar to those of more than 50 women who have claimed they were sexually harassed or assaulted by the disgraced film producer.

But Weinstein got in touch afterward and offered her a job on one of his TV productions in NY.

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Through tears, she added: "I would not have wanted anyone to do that to me even if the person had been a romantic partner".

"We need justice for these victims", said Allred. "I was mortified. I was in disbelief and disgusted".

"I told him no, no, no, but he insisted", Haleyi said to a group of reporters in New York City. I tried to get away, I tried to get him off of me and kept asking him to stop but it was impossible.

Haleyi had not reported her allegations to NYPD as of Tuesday afternoon, Allred told the New York Daily News. Burke said the intention behind the catchphrase was to connect survivors of sexual abuse who might join together in solidarity and healing. "I didn't think at that time that enough people were sharing their stories".

She warned, "As long as we suspect female actors of being somehow complicit in their own victimization, as willing participants in their own humiliation, we shame the victim and enable the culture of silence that allows predators to act with impunity".

Harvey's brother Bob Weinstein and the Board of Directors, it claims, knew of "Weinstein's propensity to engage in sexual misconduct" and of the "substantial likelihood for sexual misconduct" when Weinstein met with an aspiring actress in private.


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