Disgraced movie mogul Harvey Weinstein is facing new allegations of sexual assault contained in a class-action lawsuit.
TMZ reports that the lawsuit says Weinstein “turned a woman’s sales pitch into a full-on sexual assault — which was captured on video — and followed it up by raping her in his hotel room.”
“Melissa Thompson claims she had a meeting with Weinstein at his New York office in September 2011 to pitch her tech company’s new video platform to use in the movie biz, but almost immediately he started harassing her,” TMZ reports. “She says there’s video evidence of this because her computer’s video camera was on for the pitch.”
TMZ adds: “Thompson and 2 other women have filed the class-action suit against Weinstein, Miramax and several other companies for the alleged rape and other instances of sexual misconduct. They’re asking for damages.”
Variety reports about the initial encounter between Weinstein and Thompson: “As she explained the company’s services, she alleges that Weinstein began to caress her legs. He promised to make a deal that afternoon if she would meet him for a drink at the Tribeca Grand Hotel, the suit alleges. Once there, he brought her to his hotel room, where the alleged rape occurred.”
Variety adds: “A second woman, actress Caitlin Dulany, also alleged that Weinstein sexually assaulted her at the Hotel du Cap in Cannes in 1996. … In the suit, Dulany alleges that Weinstein performed oral sex on her without her consent and then masturbated.”
The third plaintiff, actress Larissa Gomes, describes an incident she says took place with Weinstein in a hotel room in Toronto in 2000, in which Weinstein allegedly forcibly tried to kiss her.
In that incident Gomes quotes Weinstein saying: “You know Gwyneth Paltrow and Ashley Judd were exactly where you are at one point. Look at them now. Ashley Judd had no problem f—ing me.”