Weinstein accuser claims his lawyer used 'deceptive tactics' to obtain evidence

Oscar Cross
June 5, 2018

Harvey Weinstein, after being indicted on multiple rape charges yesterday, is facing a new class-action lawsuit after three women came forward today with allegations ranging from sexual misconduct and assault to rape.

One of the women, Ms Melissa Thompson, accused Weinstein of raping her in a room at the Tribeca Grand Hotel in September 2011 as she was trying to demonstrate an online marketing tool.

Mr Weinstein's lawyer has said he will deny all the charges against him.

Mr Weinstein did not testify before the grand jury, whose decision to indict him is a reflection of their view that enough evidence exists to pursue a prosecution.

In statements given to CNN, Braufman claimed the firm "never represented Melissa Thompson", and that he "personally never met with her or any of the other women named in the lawsuit".

He maintains he has never had non-consensual sex with a woman.

Thompson's lawsuit stated she had audio and video proof of the assault, however alleges she was tricked by Weinstein's protection lawyer Ben Brafman into giving it to him.

Vance revealed that an investigation into Weinstein's alleged crimes "remains active and ongoing" and slammed what he described as Weinstein's "recent assault on the integrity of the survivors and the legal process". He was arrested last week and will return to court for his rape trial on July 30.

"Thompson was fighting back, but could not out-muscle him", the lawsuit states.

Thompson didn't report the alleged encounter to police on the time as a result of, the lawsuit stated, she feared Weinstein's wrath.

"Alex Spiro was never a partner of this firm; he was one of many associates and left this firm in or about Sept 2017", Brafman said in a statement. "To the extent he spoke with or met with any of those ladies, he did so on his personal time after he had left this agency and was already employed by Quinn Emanuel".

"I never have and I never would represent Harvey Weinstein", Spiro continued.

Larissa Gomes, the third woman, alleged in the lawsuit that she was meeting with Weinstein to discuss career opportunities in the film industry but was held in his hotel room, as well as threatened, battered and assaulted.

Caitlin Dulany, another actress, says in the lawsuit that Weinstein became her friend and mentor in early 1996, before assaulting, threatening and falsely imprisoningher in her NY apartment. "She hesitated and then continued with the pitch, believing that if she didn't react he would stop".

It accusses Weinstein of "assaulting, threatening and falsely imprisoning (Dulany) in her apartment" in 1996 and again at the Cannes Film Festival that same year.

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