Another woman has accused Harvey Weinstein of sexually assaulting her at film festivals in France and Canada.
The accuser, who filed the Manhattan federal suit anonymously, claims the disgraced Hollywood mogul and convicted rapist first approached her at the Cannes Film Festival in 2007 when she was a 22-year-old aspiring actress.
According to the suit, Harvey Weinstein allegedly told the woman he wanted to discuss business with her. He set up a meeting in his Hotel suite with her and his assistant. 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 says: “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,”
She narrowly escaped Weinstein but agreed to meet with him two more times during the film festival.
“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,” the suit claims.
Harvey Weinstein allegedly assaulted her several other times over the next nine years.
“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.