A German actor has claimed Harvey Weinstein raped and threatened to silence her in 2006 in a new lawsuit, it has been reported.
The Hollywood producer has been accused of sexual misconduct by multiple women since October 2017. Last month (July 2), he was charged with a first-degree criminal sexual act and two counts of predatory sexual assault by the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office. He has denied all claims made against him.
Emma Loman has now filed a lawsuit against Weinstein relating to an alleged incident that she says took place at Cannes Film Festival in 2006. She is suing him for violation of human trafficking laws, assault, battery, and false imprisonment.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Loman’s complaint claims Weinstein used his status to get her to go to his hotel room, where he then raped her.
The actor said she was making the move from modelling to acting at that time and Weinstein had invited her to the film festival to discuss her appearing in one of his films. She said she was reluctant to accept but the filmmaker was persistent and his assistant called her up to 30 times a day.
Loman said Weinstein had told her there were several parts she could be fit for in upcoming movies but, because the scripts were confidential, they would have to be discussed in his office. During Cannes, that meant his hotel suite, the lawsuit said.
Attorney Joseph Ferrucci said in the complaint: “Upon arriving at Weinstein’s suite, however, Weinstein quickly dropped his professional demeanour. He instead overpowered Loman and raped her. Shocked and betrayed, Loman did not know what to do. Furthering Loman’s disorientation, Weinstein proceeded to treat the rape like a standard component of their business, as if the professional discussion he offered Loman had actually taken place.”
Loman also alleged that the producer cornered her later and told her his security guards wouldn’t let her leave until she had promised to keep quiet about the assault.
“The following year, when Loman was visiting Los Angeles to shop a film that she had been cast in, Weinstein sent another pointed reminder of both his power and his memory,” Ferrucci added. “He had TWC [The Weinstein Company] purchase the film Loman had been cast in – solely because Loman had been cast in the film – and then unilaterally had Loman fired from its cast.”
Weinstein has yet to comment on the new allegations.