The Los Angeles theater came under scrutiny in August for sexual misconduct allegations against the theater's executive director Hadrian Belove and board member Shadie Elnashai, a month prior to the culture shifting Harvey Weinstein revelations. That 2016 meeting turned into a sexual assault that saw Weinstein penetrating the woman forcefully and against her will.
Weinstein's representatives denied the allegations.
The plaintiff, represented by attorney Gloria Allred, filed suit against both Weinstein and the Weinstein Co.
"Any allegations of non-consensual sex are unequivocally denied by Mr. Weinstein". From there, he invited her to awards show parties and maintained regular communication over the next few years.
The actress says she met with Weinstein at the hotel again in 2016, gave her the impression she had won the "Marco Polo" role and said he wanted to celebrate. "Despite her telling Weinstein 'no, ' Weinstein proceeded to grab her wrist with one hand while using the other to masturbate in front of her until completion". The rep adds, "Mr. Weinstein has further confirmed that there were never any acts of retaliation against any women for refusing his advances". Before she could leave, she alleges that Weinstein pulled her into the bedroom.
Weinstein allegedly pushed her onto the bed, pulled her trousers down and began to perform oral sex while she implored him to stop, according to TMZ. "Mr. Weinstein obviously can't speak to anonymous allegations, but with respect to any women who have made allegations on the record, Mr. Weinstein believes that all of these relationships were consensual".
He then used his "weight and strength" to force himself inside her. Weinstein later called her as if nothing had happened and told her he would be coming to Los Angeles, the suit states.
She never received the part in "Marco Polo". As well as claiming sexual battery, gender violence, battery, assault, and negligence, the wide ranging damages seeking complaint also wants an injunction from the courts that stop Weinstein and TWC from "engaging in similar conduct toward other women".