Harvey Weinstein Hit With New Assault Claim In Paz de la Huerta Rape Suit
“Plaintiff alleges that Weinstein opened the door, wearing an opened bathrobe thereby prominently exposing his penis to Plaintiff in a taunting manner,” says a jury seeking filing made today in Los Angeles Superior Court of alleged events at the Four Seasons in Beverly Hills on January 5 2011.
“Plaintiff also observed another woman undressed in the room and was then invited by Weinstein to participate in a three party sexual encounter,” it adds on what was an incident that came after what De la Huerta has previously said were two occasions in which Weinstein raped her in NYC in 2010. “Plaintiff told Defendant Weinstein to stop stalking and harassing her and quickly left the vicinity of Weinstein’s room feeling embarrassed, scared, shocked and humiliated. She noted that Weinstein appeared angered by her rejection and denunciation.”
To explain why De la Huerta was even in the doorway with the much accused Weinstein, the paperwork say: “Plaintiff went to Weinstein’s room in hopes of accomplishing her intention of warning and confronting Weinstein to stop the harassing phone calls, which he had that day resumed, and any further uninvited visits to her building.”
Though previous claims by De a Huerta have been made public, investigated by the NYPD and the Manhattan D.A.’s office, this West Coast encounter has never been revealed until now.
Which is an underpinning of the rejection of it by Weinstein’s primary criminal defense lawyer today. “It is our understanding that the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office carefully reviewed Ms. De la Huerta’s claims of sexual assault by Mr. Weinstein many months ago and made a conscious decision to reject her as a complainant for obvious reasons,” Ben Brafman asserted Tuesday. “We also believe that her newly minted version of events including her new California claims are equally preposterous and unfortunately, the product of an unstable personality with a vivid imagination,” the attorney typically adds.
With a 2005 quote from the always quotable Courtney Love warning young women not to ever take up Weinstein on an invite up to his room or a “private party” at the FourSeasons, the five claim rape and retaliation suit names more than just the producer as a defendant. The now shattered and sold Weinstein Company is also named as are Four Seasons Hotels Ltd, Burton Way Hotels Ltd and Burton Way Hotels LLC and others.
The Canadian owned chain did not respond today to requests for comment on the lawsuit.Along with being accused by more than 60 women of sexual assault orsexual harassment, Weinstein is under investigation by federal prosecutors as well as probes by the Manhattan D.A.’s office and the NYPD. Additional allegations against Weinstein have been reviewed by the LAPD, which sent an initial trio of cases to the L.A. County D.A. on February 8. Another case was handed over to that same office early last month. As UK police continue their investigation, the Beverly Hills Police first passed two cases of sexual assault that they say occurred in their jurisdiction to Lacey’s office on January 2.