Harvey Weinstein faces new allegation of rape as women file lawsuit

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Harvey Weinstein's legal problems have multiplied after three women filed a lawsuit in a United States federal court accusing him of using his power as a movie producer to lure them into hotel rooms where he sexually assaulted them.

Harvey Weinstein, center, listens during a court proceeding in NY during his arraignment on rape and other charges on May 25.

She says she turned on her computer's video recording capability to help demonstrate internet technology she was trying to sell him.

Thompson says that back in 2011, she pitched Weinstein on a tech marketing idea. It said Thompson, feeling cornered but wanting to finish the demonstration, responded: "Ummmmm". 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.

Weinstein has been accused of sexual misconduct - including harassment, assault, and rape - by more than 80 women since last fall. As a substitute of constant the assembly within the resort's restaurant space, Weinstein informed Thompson to comply with him to what she thought can be a screening room within the resort, based on the criticism.

The lawsuit is seeking class-action status to represent what it says is hundreds of women victimized by Weinstein and what it describes as his enablers. "They're asking for damages". And accuse Miramax and The Weinstein Company have "facilitated and concealed the predator behaviour of Weinstein". Brafman had argued Weinstein was denied access to information about the case and lacked preparation time.

Though Thompson's story sounds very similar to the litany of other allegations brought to light by women over the past seven months, it adds a fresh layer of (alleged) insidiousness from Weinstein's lawyer.

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Mr Weinstein is now free on $1m (£751,000) bail, and has agreed to wear a Global Positioning System tracker and to surrender his passport.

On Wednesday, Weinstein was indicted and charged with several counts of rape and sexual assault.

Weinstein has denied engaging in nonconsensual sex.

Weinstein's lawyer Benjamin Brafman claims the allegations are "unsupported".

Caitlin Dulany, a second plaintiff, was sexually assaulted, battered, threatened and falsely imprisoned in Weinstein's hotel suite during the Cannes Film Festival in 1996, the lawsuit said.

And the third complainant, actress Larissa Gomes, accuses the producer of attacking her in a Toronto hotel in 2000.

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