Harvey Weinstein hit with rape allegation in new lawsuit

Harvey Weinstein leaves the Manhattan Criminal Court in New York, May 25, 2018. The lawsuit alleged that the recorded images captured some of Weinstein's advances. She moved away from him, but continued her sales pitch. It said Thompson, feeling cornered but wanting to finish the demonstration, responded: "Ummmmm". He asked if he "was allowed to flirt" with her, then caressed her leg and put his hand up her skirt as she was trying to demonstrate the product, the suit said.

"Deceptive tactics were used to entice her to turn over her visual and audio evidence of Weinstein's conduct (which she did)", it said. She alleged that he held her down and raped her.

She did not report it to law enforcement authorities because she feared for her safety and career, the lawsuit said.

Almost 100 women have now accused Weinstein of crimes ranging from sexual harassment to assault and rape going back decades.

The attorney of the women is hoping to make the lawsuit a class-action suit to represent the other women who have accused Harvey of similar crimes. Among the allegations are racketeering, witness tampering, mail and wire fraud, assault, civil battery, negligent supervision and retention and intentional infliction of emotional distress.

The lawsuit reportedly names Weinstein, board members from his now-defunct production company and the Miramax film company as defendants.

Brafman and Spiro denied the allegations.

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

Elizabeth Fegan, a partner at Hagens Berman, said "we are working to see a day of justice for the hundreds of women who were exploited for Weinstein's sexual gratification and silenced by this ring of conspirators".

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.

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. In March 1996, Weinstein picked her up at her NY apartment for what she thought was a platonic dinner.