Harvey Weinstein Accused of Sexually Assaulting Girl, 16

She says he 'threateningly' demanded sex
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Nov 1, 2018 2:14 AM CDT
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In this Oct. 11, 2018 photo, Harvey Weinstein enters State Supreme Court in New York.   (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)
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(Newser) – Harvey Weinstein was accused in a civil court filing Wednesday of forcing a 16-year-old Polish model to touch his penis, subjecting her to years of harassment and emotional abuse, and blocking her from a successful acting career as payback for refusing his advances. The accuser, identified as Jane Doe, alleges that Weinstein assaulted her at his New York City apartment in 2002, just days after they'd met at an event involving her modeling agency, the AP reports. Doe alleges the movie mogul promised to take her to lunch to discuss her career, but instead took her to his empty SoHo apartment and "aggressively and threateningly" demanded sex.

Weinstein instructed Doe to take off her clothes and intimated that she'd never work as an actress unless she gave in to his demands, according to the filing, the latest revelation in a lawsuit alleging Weinstein's movie studio board enabled his behavior. "Terrified and struggling to hold back tears, Jane Doe said she would not and resisted his demands," the filing states. "Jane Doe was a virgin, and had no intention or understanding when she agreed to a business lunch that she would be put in this alarming position." Weinstein's lawyer, Benjamin Brafman, called the allegations "preposterous." Weinstein denies all allegations of nonconsensual sex. (The criminal case against Weinstein has run into trouble.)


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