New Rape Allegation Made Against Harvey Weinstein

The suit comes after Weinstein entered a not guilty plea following a NY grand jury's indictment on Thursday that included two counts of rape and one criminal sexual act.

A new Racketeer Influenced Corrupt Organizations (RICO) lawsuit filed Friday in a Manhattan federal court accuses Harvey Weinstein's defense attorney of deceiving a CT woman who accused Weinstein of rape. When she returned, the producer was naked from the waist down and tried to force her to perform oral sex on him, the suit alleges.

At the end of the meeting, Weinstein promised to make a deal for the technology but asked her to meet for a drink later in the day at a Manhattan hotel bar, the lawsuit said.

The lawsuit is seeking class-action status to represent what it says is hundreds of women victimized by Weinstein and what it describes as his enablers.

"She knew that Weinstein could and would destroy her if she complained about his sexual misconduct", the lawsuit said.

A second woman, Caitlin Dulany, claimed that while attending the Cannes Film Festival in 1996, she was sexually assaulted, battered, threatened and held in Weinstein's hotel room, according to the lawsuit. It alleges racketeering, witness tampering, mail and wire fraud, assault, civil battery, negligent supervision and retention and intentional infliction of emotional distress. He has consistently denied all allegations of nonconsensual sex. Friday's case was filed in NY.

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Following his arrest last week, Weinstein was released on $1 million bail and is required to wear an electronic monitoring bracelet.

The complaint also alleges that Thompson sought help from the law firm of Benjamin Brafman last (northern) autumn and turned over her video evidence to the firm not realising that Brafman was representing Weinstein.

We are told the video, which The Blast previously viewed before the lawsuit, will be evidence of Weinstein's assault and will become a key piece of evidence in the case.

The third woman, Larissa Gomes, says the former media mogul "chased her around the room" at a hotel in Toronto.

Brafman defended Weinstein on the steps of the court house in NY last Friday after the disgraced producer was taken there in handcuffs to face charges. The Associated Press does not identify alleged victims of sexual assaults unless they come forward publicly.

  • Michelle Webb