Harvey Weinstein has been sued by an actress who alleges he committed sexual battery against her in 2015 and 2016, the AP reports.
“The actress is identified only as Jane Doe in the sexual battery lawsuit filed Tuesday in Los Angeles Superior Court,” the story reports. “It alleges that Weinstein held the woman against her will while Weinstein engaged in sexual situations.”
The report adds: “Weinstein met her at the Montage Hotel in Beverly Hills in late 2015 to discuss a part in the television series ‘Marco Polo,’ which Weinstein and his company were producing. The producer asked her if he could masturbate in front of her, and when she refused, he held her by the wrist and forced her to watch him, the lawsuit said.”
The report also describes a second incident several months later at the same hotel: “The woman agreed to meet Weinstein to discuss the ‘Marco Polo’ role again, and this time alleges Weinstein threw her on a bed, started performing oral sex on her and put his penis inside her vagina before starting to start masturbate on her, the lawsuit states.”
Weinstein is denying the allegations. Holly Baird, a representative for Weinstein, said in a statement: “Any allegations of non-consensual sex are unequivocally denied by Mr. Weinstein. Mr. Weinstein obviously can’t speak to anonymous allegations, but with respect to any women who have made allegations on the record, Mr. Weinstein believes that all of these relationships were consensual.”
The Weinstein Co. is also reportedly named in the suit.