A lady has filed a civil lawsuit in opposition to disgraced former movie producer Harvey Weinstein for sexual battery, false imprisonment and different claims after he was convicted of raping her final December in Los Angeles.
The mannequin and actress, who’s recognized as Jane Doe 1 in courtroom paperwork, was the primary to testify in Weinstein’s Los Angeles trial in 2022.
The three prices Weinstein was convicted of last December – rape, sexual penetration by a international object and forcible oral copulation – have been all tied to Jane Doe 1, who testified the film mogul assaulted her in a Beverly Hills lodge room in 2013.
However the jury deadlocked on the alleged aggravating components hooked up to the costs, which might have elevated his sentence and the decide declared a mistrial on these allegations.
Weinstein is ready to be sentenced on February 23, at which period the decide will think about a movement from protection attorneys asking for a brand new trial.
The brand new lawsuit, filed February 9 within the Superior Courtroom of California for Los Angeles County, alleges Weinstein met Jane Doe 1 briefly at a movie competition after which confirmed up at her lodge room later that night and assaulted her in February 2013.
The plaintiff is suing Weinstein for sexual battery, false imprisonment, intentional infliction of emotional misery and negligence. She can be looking for an undisclosed quantity in punitive and different damages.
“Harvey has all the time denied the allegations, and much more, has maintained that he was by no means collectively together with her in Mr. Cs lodge in any respect and that these occasions by no means occurred. Sure witnesses lied about essential proof that would have exonerated Mr. Weinstein, and it was deemed pointless by the courtroom for the jury to listen to or learn about these info,” Juda Engelmayer, a consultant for Weinstein, advised CNN in an announcement.
Engelmayer added that Weinstein’s attorneys have “submitted a movement detailing these info and contend that the jury wouldn’t have convicted him had they recognized the specifics…”
The assault occurred after Weinstein allegedly confirmed up on the lodge and requested a entrance desk staffer to attach him with the sufferer, the lawsuit stated. After the entrance desk referred to as Jane Doe, Weinstein ended up speaking on the cellphone with the sufferer and requested her for her room quantity. She declined to supply her room quantity and hung up.
Minutes later, Weinstein confirmed up exterior her room, and when the lady refused to let him inside, he “bullied his manner into her room,” the lawsuit says.
“As soon as within the room, he engaged in small discuss with Plaintiff however in an conceited and intimidating method. He shortly made his actual intentions clear. He needed to have intercourse together with her,” the lawsuit says. “He sat on her mattress after which forcibly grabbed Plaintiff and made her sit down subsequent to him.”
After telling her that she was “fairly,” he commented on her breasts and “grabbed” at them, the lawsuit says.
Jane Doe repeatedly requested Weinstein to go away her lodge room, however he ignored her and have become aggressive verbally and bodily, in line with the lawsuit.
“He then pressured Plaintiff to orally copulate him after which he forcibly moved her into the lavatory, the place he blocked her from leaving after which raped her,” the lawsuit says. “After he was executed raping her, he acted as if nothing out of the strange occurred, and left.”
California legislation permits grownup victims of sexual assault to file a civil motion inside ten years of the alleged assault and inside one 12 months of the defendant being convicted of a felony, in line with the lawsuit.
The sufferer’s lawyer, Dave Ring, stated in an announcement to CNN that they “look ahead to have Weinstein lastly testify underneath oath on this case.”
“Harvey Weinstein has been convicted of raping Jane Doe 1,” Ring stated. “Her lawsuit seeks to get better compensation from him for the horrific rape she endured and all the points she has suffered by for the previous ten years due to that rape.”