Fallen movie mogul Harvey Weinstein has been hit with new allegations of sexual assault from a producer on the Netflix series “Marco Polo.” CNN reports that Alexandra Canosa filed a lawsuit in Manhattan Supreme Court accusing Weinstein of rape, physical assault and verbal abuse over the span of five years.
“Weinstein ‘constantly threatened’ Canosa and ‘made it clear that if she did not succumb to his demands for sexual contact or if she exposed his unwanted conduct there would be retaliation, including humiliation, the loss of her job and loss of any ability to work in the entertainment business,’ court documents allege,” CNN reports.
The report adds: “The lawsuit claims the former film executive insisted on meeting with Canosa in ‘isolated environments’ and demanded sex. ‘Marco Polo’ was produced by the Weinstein Company and debuted in 2014.”
The report quotes a comment today from Weinstein attorney Phyllis Kupferstein stating: “Ali Canosa was a friend who had worked for The Weinstein Company for 10 years, traveled the world for the company and held several influential roles; overseeing many projects throughout the years. From someone who has been thought of as a good friend, involved only in a consensual relationship, these claims are not only mystifying to Mr. Weinstein, but deeply upsetting, and they cannot be supported by the facts.”