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Harvey Weinstein Faces New Rape Charge In Class Action Lawsuit

Harvey Weinstein Faces New Rape Charge In Class Action Lawsuit”

Harvey Weinstein has been hit with another sexual misconduct and assault complaint just days after he was indicted for his actions in NY - and this one comes with an alleged video.

The woman, Melissa Thompson, accuses Weinstein of luring her to his hotel room for a meeting in 2011 and then forcibly raping her.

Weinstein, who has denied sexually assaulting anyone, was indicted and charged this week on multiple counts of felony sex crimes against two women in NY dating to 2004 and as recently as 2013.

A second plaintiff says Weinstein sexually assaulted her in 1996 at the Cannes film festival in France, where at least two other women have said the director harassed them in the past.

Earlier that day, Thompson said that she went to Weinstein's Tribeca office to pitch him on a marketing startup called Intercast Networks.

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In the new lawsuit, filed on Friday in the US District Court in Manhattan, Ms Thompson said Weinstein touched her inappropriately as she was trying to show a product at his office.

Weinstein could face up to 25 years in prison if found guilty on the standing charges. She alleged a lawyer with the firm presented himself as working for the victims of Weinstein, and she didn't learn that fact until after she handed material over to the firm.

The incident wasn't reported to authorities, the lawsuit said, because Thompson "knew that Weinstein could and would destroy her if she complained about his sexual misconduct".

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".

"I never have and I never would represent Harvey Weinstein", Spiro continued. The suit adds Brafman & Associates to the list of Law Firm Participants in the Weinstein Sexual Enterprise that violated RICO.

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Thompson said she was referred to Ben Brafman's law firm amid allegations from dozens of women that surfaced in the fall, according to a release obtained by The Associated Press.

She says he agreed to make a deal, but wanted to meet her for a drink later at a Manhattan hotel.

The 66-year-old is already faced with a class action lawsuit filed by six women in California, while he has been indicted on rape charges in NY.

A lawyer for Weinstein says the case lacks merit.

His spokesperson previously said: "Any allegations of non-consensual sex are unequivocally denied by Mr Weinstein".

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