Harvey Weinstein sued by former assistant for sexual harassment

Sandeep Rehal has alleged that she worked in a “severely sexually hostile” environment when employed by the film mogul

Harvey Weinstein has been hit with a new sexual harassment lawsuit from one of his former personal assistants.

The federal suit is the latest scandal to implicate Weinstein, who has been the subject of a series of rape and sexual assault allegations made by numerous women in recent months. Weinstein has “unequivocally denied” all claims, but he is being investigated by police over the allegations.

Sandeep Rehal has filed the new lawsuit, alleging that she was forced to work in a “severely sexually hostile” environment while under the employment of the Weinstein Company in New York City from 2013 to 2015.

After quickly learning that “there were no boundaries” between Weinstein’s work and personal lives, Rehal said that she now suffers from “severe emotional distress” from working for and being subject to “incessant sexual harassment” from the disgraced producer.

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Rehal – who also alleges that she was subjected to groping and lewd remarks from Weinstein – says she had to set up an apartment near Weinstein’s New York office for his sexual liaisons, and had to, according to the suit, “aid Harvey Weinstein’s sexual encounters [by] cleaning up the semen on the couch in Harvey Weinstein’s office.”

“Much of Rehal’s work as an employee of TWC involved catering to Harvey Weinstein’s sexual appetites and activities,” the filing also states. “Ms. Rehal was required to be involved in and aware of the preparations for, and clean up after, Harvey Weinstein’s extremely prolific sexual encounters.”

A spokeswoman for Weinstein said he “categorically” denied the claims, adding that Weinstein’s lawyers “will respond in the appropriate legal forum with evidence proving they are untrue”.

In a statement issued to The Hollywood Reporter, Rehal’s attorney Genie Harrison said: “To say Weinstein’s behaviour was harmful, tawdry, demeaning and offensive is an understatement.

“Weinstein’s abuse of power has been well documented, allowing Sandeep finally to reveal the details of her employment, which before now might have seemed too incredibly horrifying to believe.”