Weinstein indicted on charges of rape and criminal sexual acts

Three women filed a class action lawsuit against Harvey Weinstein on Friday - a fresh blow for the fallen movie mogul, who was arrested in NY and indicted on rape and other charges related to sexual misconduct last week.

Three women filed the suit in Manhattan federal court on Friday accusing the man behind "Shakespeare in Love" of luring them to various hotel rooms around the world under the false pretenses of talking business, and then assaulting them.

Harvey Weinstein was indicted on charges of rape and criminal sexual acts by a New York City grand jury on Wednesday.

Ms Dulany accused Weinstein of sexually assaulting her in a room at a hotel in France in 1996.

When she met him at the bar, according to the lawsuit, Weinstein nearly immediately led her to a room at the hotel and then cornered and "out-muscled" her as she tried to fight off his advances.

In response, Weinstein's lawyer Benjamin Brafman, said in a statement that he was not surprised by the indictment.

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The lawsuit reportedly names Weinstein, board members from his now-defunct production company and the Miramax film company as defendants. She alleges she was tricked into sharing evidence of her alleged assault with a lawyer named Alex Spiro and even discussed legal strategies accusers could employ against Weinstein. She recoiled and Weinstein became angry.

The lawsuit alleges that Weinstein was supported in his sexual pursuits by film companies and dozens of workers for those companies who knew he was abusing women.

As for Brafman, he left room to walk back his own claims, saying that if Spiro ever had spoken with or met these women, he'd done so on his own time after leaving Brafman's firm for another.

"In addition, while at this firm, he never met with Mr Weinstein nor did he have any responsibility whatsoever in connection with our representation of Mr Weinstein in any matter". He has consistently denied all allegations of nonconsensual sex.

Thompson says she never reported it out of fear for her safety and career.

It is the second sexual assault class-action lawsuit filed against Weinstein by law firms Hagens Berman and the Armenta Law Firm, which sued Weinstein, Miramax and The Weinstein Group in December. He promised to make a deal that afternoon if she would meet him for a drink at the Tribeca Grand Hotel, the suit alleges. Brafman had argued Weinstein was denied access to information about the case and lacked preparation time. Brafman is an attorney for Weinstein.

  • Stacy Houston