Harvey Weinstein hit with rape allegation in new lawsuit

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CNN reports that Melissa Thompson joined the three other women who filed a class-action lawsuit against the infamous, disgraced Hollywood producer.

Weinstein has denied sexually assaulting anyone.

The woman accusing Harvey Weinstein of rape was horrified when the producer groped her during their business meeting, and we have obtained an exclusive image from the encounter.

Thompson claims Weinstein, who was indicted this week in New York City, raped her in 2011 after luring her to his hotel room for a meeting about her internet startup.

Following public revelations a year ago about his predatory behavior, Thompson said she was referred to lawyer Benjamin Brafman and another attorney at his firm, Alex Spiro.

The federal lawsuit claims Weinstein and others at the film company Miramax, and later The Weinstein Co, ran what amounted to a criminal organisation - as defined under the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organisations Act - to "facilitate and hide his pattern of unwanted sexual conduct".

She was referring to the indictment of Weinstein last Friday in NY for a rape in 2013 and a blowjob forced in 2004, his first charge since the first revelations of sexual abuse against the producer in October. Deceptive tactics were used to entice her to turn over her visual and audio evidence of Weinstein's conduct (which she did).

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The incident wasn't reported to authorities, the lawsuit said, because Thompson "knew that Weinstein could and would destroy her if she complained about his sexual misconduct". "I left the Brafman firm well before Brafman ever represented Weinstein, and, in fact, I represent one of the key victims, but Ms. Thompson has never been a client".

Only after sharing the evidence with Spiro did she realize that he worked at Brafman's firm, which was representing Weinstein.

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. The second time Larissa met with him, Weinstein imprisoned her in his hotel room and threatened, battered and assaulted her, causing her physical and emotional distress and injury to her property and livelihood.

Brafman and Spiro, in statements to CNN via a spokesperson, denied Thompson's allegations.

Benjamin Brafman, Lawyer for Movie producer Harvey Weinstein, speaks to the press following a gathering on the Manhattan Legal Court docket in New York, Might 29, 2018.

"Alex Spiro was by no means a companion of this agency he was one in every of many Associates and left this agency in or about Sept 2017", Brafman stated within the assertion.