An unnamed Canadian actress plans to sue Harvey Weinstein and the Walt Disney Co., contending that the disgraced producer sexually assaulted her in a Toronto hotel room attack that she graphically described in some detail.
The actress is seeking $14 million in damages, including $4 million from Weinstein, and $4 million from both Miramax and Disney for the hotel attack and another incident, both in 2000, according to the National Post in Toronto Thursday.
The plaintiff is also seeking $2 million from Barbara Schneeweiss, a longtime Weinstein associate who the actress asserts knew about her boss’s proclivities but still arranged the meetings.
The actress, who is identified as “Jane Doe,” alleges that Weinstein invited her to his Toronto hotel room while she was working on a Miramax movie in 2000. There, the producer began talking about massages, which, the actress told him, was “not appropriate for a business meeting,” according to the Post.
Weinstein allegedly led her to the bedroom and took out his sex organ. He told her he had made the careers of many famous actresses, and then allegedly pulled down her skirt, held her by the wrists and, despite her saying “no” several times, forcibly performed a sex act on her without her consent, the Post reported.
The second alleged incident took place at the same hotel after Weinstein asked her back to explain the “misunderstanding,” according to the report. The producer allegedly threw his weight onto her and tried to stick his tongue down her throat.
Arguments on the new claim are scheduled to be heard Monday in Toronto.
More than 60 women have accused Weinstein of sexual harassment and assault since Oct. 5. Weinstein has denied claims of nonconsensual sex.
Disney said in a statement that “the Weinsteins operated and managed their business (Miramax) with virtual autonomy, and we were unaware of any complaints, lawsuits, or settlements. There is absolutely no legal basis for this claim against The Walt Disney Company and we will defend against it vigorously.”
Disney parted ways with the Weinsteins in 2005 and sold Miramax five years later.
—City News Service
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