Lawsuit accuses Harvey Weinstein of raping woman during 2000 presidential debate

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She reportedly rebuffed his advances and, given this was the first time that Weinstein acted this way toward her and that he “had continuously promised to get her roles in his movies, she gave him the benefit of the doubt and the two remained in touch.”

The court papers go on to allege they met again 1994 at The Mayflower Hotel in New York City “under the guise of discussing business,” when Weinstein allegedly exposed his genitals to her and rubbed them against her “before she broke free and quickly exited the room.”

Then “after having reestablished their relationship through years of ‘good’ behaviour,” Weinstein “lured” her to his New York home on a pretence of watching the 2000 presidential debate together, where they ate sushi and drank, the papers claim.

When the woman got up to go to the bathroom, Weinstein “blocked plaintiff’s path, forced her down onto the bed, removed her underwear and forcibly raped her,” per the filing.

“The sheer size and mass of Weinstein prevented plaintiff from being able to escape his clutches, but once he backed up, she broke free, sprinted for the door, and never saw Weinstein again,” the papers explain.

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Since the alleged rape, the woman has apparently endured “severe emotional distress” and “her career was derailed and she all but stopped acting.”

Weinstein’s civil lawyer Imran Ansari said his client “intends to defend against the claims filed anonymously against him.”

Weinstein is currently serving a 23-year sentence in a state prison in New York after being convicted of rape and sexual assault in February. He is currently awaiting extradition to Los Angeles in connection with offences related to three other victims and, last week, he was hit with six additional criminal charges related to three alleged rapes in Beverly Hills, California.

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