Harvey Weinstein accused of raping woman during 2000 presidential debate
The number of rape victims of disgraced Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein never ceases to increase. Another woman has filed a lawsuit in the Manhattan Supreme Court against Weinstein, accusing him of raping her during the 2000 US Presidential debate.
The woman, who has chosen to remain anonymous under the name of Jane Doe V, claimed to have met the convicted rapist at the age of 19, back in 1984. Back then, her boyfriend at the time introduced her to Weinstein at the 1984 Cannes Film Festival. The 55-year-old woman from Pennsylvania, says that for the first few years, Weinstein kept a respectable distance between the two. However, that was probably out of respect for her boyfriend.
But, when the woman saw Harvey Weinstein again in 1992, he noticed she was single and that changed his demeanor. He started taking an interest in her career and would “quickly turn into unwanted sexual advances”.
She met Harvey Weinstein a total of three times after 1992. All of those times, he made sexually inappropriate advances on her. And the third and final encounter culminated in Weinstein allegedly raping her.
The three encounters with Harvey Weinstein before the rape
One encounter was in 1993 when Weinstein sold Miramax to Disney. He invited the woman to his room in The Peninsula Beverly Hills for a cocktail before dinner for his “his newly found fame and wealth”. Weinstein excused himself and returned in nothing but a bathrobe, exposing his genitals to the plaintiff. At that point, the woman revealed to Weinstein how she was at his wedding with then-wife Eve Chilton. However, that only “made the already uncomfortable situation simply untenable”. Weinstein then put his clothes back on and the two of them joined others at a restaurant for dinner, according to the court documents.
This was the first time Harvey Weinstein had behaved with her in this manner. Moreover, Weinstein “had continuously promised to get her roles in his movies, (so) she gave him the benefit of the doubt and the two remained in touch,” the court documents said.
The two then met again in The Mayflower Hotel in New York City, to “discuss business”. However, this time again Weinstein exposed his genitals to the plaintiff and rubbed them against her, “before she broke free and quickly exited the room.”
For the next 6 years, Weinstein “reestablished their relationship through years of ‘good’ behavior”. And so, he lured her into his New York home on the pretense of watching the 2000 US Presidential debate. After drinking and eating sushi, the woman tried to go to the bathroom. But Weinstein “blocked plaintiff’s path, forced her down onto the bed, removed her underwear and forcibly raped her”. The court papers also said:
The sheer size and mass of Weinstein prevented plaintiff from being able to escape his clutches, but once he backed up, she broke free, sprinted for the door, and never saw Weinstein again.
Ever since the rape, the woman has had to face a lot of emotional distress and her career completely got off the track. Moreover, the court papers say that the plaintiff:
…was acting under extreme duress due to the credible threat of being blacklisted, harmed and/or personally attacked by Harvey Weinstein and other major players in the industry.
Harvey Weinstein’s lawyer Aman Ansari says that his client:
intends to defend against the claims filed anonymously against him. Some of these claims, including those alleged to have occurred decades ago, may be barred by the applicable statute of limitations, and not subject to any exceptions under the law, as this plaintiff does not appear to be a complainant in Mr. Weinstein’s criminal case.
More than 90 women have come forward and accused Harvey Weinstein of sexual misconduct, including rape and sexual harassment, in the past. He is currently serving a 23 year-long prison sentence for his convictions in New York. Along with that, he has multiple sexual assault charges pending in Los Angeles due to the pandemic.