(Reuters) – Harvey Weinstein and the movie company he co-founded, The Weinstein Company, were sued in California state court on Tuesday by an anonymous actress who said she was raped by the movie producer in the spring of 2016.
The actress, who is represented by attorney Gloria Allred and identified in the documents as Jane Doe, said in the lawsuit filed in Los Angeles County Superior Court that Weinstein invited the actress to a hotel to discuss a role in a television show, but instead forced her onto a bed, pulled off her jeans and raped her despite her telling him no.
Because the Weinstein Co knew of the movie producer’s misconduct toward women, it was liable for the pain he inflicted, according to the lawsuit, which is seeking undisclosed damages.
Allred could not be reached to comment, but a copy of the lawsuit was posted online by Variety.
Reuters was unable to immediately reach Sallie Hofmeister, a representative for Weinstein, or a spokesman for The Weinstein Co, for comment.
The Hollywood Reporter reported that a Weinstein representative said in a statement: “Any allegations of non-consensual sex are unequivocally denied by Mr. Weinstein. Mr. Weinstein has further confirmed that there were never any acts of retaliation against any women for refusing his advances. Mr. Weinstein obviously can’t speak to anonymous allegations, but with respect to any women who have made allegations on the record, Mr. Weinstein believes that all of these relationships were consensual.”
Weinstein, who was fired by the Weinstein Co last month, has sued his former employer for company records that he says could help him defend himself against sexual assault allegations, and for a wrongful termination case, according to court documents.
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