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Harvey Weinstein accused of sexually assaulting 16-year-old in 2002

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  • Former Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein is accused of
    sexually assaulting a 16-year-old model in New York in
    2002.
  • “He then took off his pants and forcibly held Jane Doe
    while taking her hand and making her touch and massage his
    penis,” court documents reportedly said.
  • The anonymous woman, who at the time was an aspiring
    model and actress, reportedly moved to the US from
    Poland.
  • The woman claimed she informed Weinstein she was only
    16-years-old.
  • The latest allegation was included in a class-action
    lawsuit that includes 10 women who allege Weinstein attempted
    to “engage in unwanted sexual conduct.”

Former Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein is accused of sexually
assaulting a 16-year-old model in New York in 2002, according to
a class-action lawsuit.

“He then took off his pants and forcibly held Jane Doe while
taking her hand and making her touch and massage his penis,”
court documents said, according to multiple news outlets.

The anonymous woman, who at the time was an aspiring model and
actress, reportedly moved to the US from Poland. The woman
claimed she met Weinstein at an event, and then three days later,
went to his apartment in the SoHo neighborhood of Manhattan for
what she believed was a business lunch.

The
woman claimed
she informed Weinstein she was only
16-years-old before entering his apartment.

Weinstein allegedly promised he would acquire a role for the
woman in a movie, but never delivered after she rejected his
sexual advances, BuzzFeed News said, citing the
complaint.

The court filing went on to allege that Weinstein “threatened and
pressured” the woman. Weinstein allegedly also claimed “that he
had ‘made’ the careers of Penelope Cruz and Gwyneth Paltrow, and
that neither would be working without him.”


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Weinstein was said to have obtained her a role as an extra in the
“Nanny Diaries” in 2004, but had also “ensured she never received
work” because she rejected his advances, according to court
documents.

Ben Brafman, Weinstein’s attorney, described the allegation as
“preposterous” and “patently false.”

The woman’s claim is included in a growing class-action lawsuit
in which at least 10 women claim that Weinstein attempted to
“engage in unwanted sexual conduct.”

“Plaintiffs and members of the [lawsuit] had or wanted to have
careers or wanted to make deals in the entertainment industry and
correctly understood that Weinstein was a powerful force in the
entertainment production world,” the class-action lawsuit said in
June.

“At all times, Plaintiffs and the Class operated under duress and
the credible and objective threat of being threatened or
blacklisted by Weinstein and major film producers … if they
refused Weinstein’s unwanted sexual advances or complained about
his behavior,” the lawsuit added.

The disgraced Miramax cofounder was indicted in July after a
grand jury in New York voted to charge him with two counts of
predatory assault, with each charge carrying a minimum 10-year
sentence. Weinstein faces
six charges
that includes rape in the first and third degree.

“If you are a survivor of the predatory abuse with which Mr.
Weinstein is charged, there is still time to pursue justice,”
Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr. said in July.

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