The actress had accused the movie mogul of raping her twice in 2010
Harvey Weinstein is being sued for allegedly spying on Paz de la Huerta.
The actress is one of many women who have come forward in recent months with accusations of sexual misconduct against the producer. Weinstein has “unequivocally denied” all claims, including de la Huerta’s allegations that he raped her twice in 2010.
Aaron Filler, who represented the actress at the time she made the accusations, is suing Weinstein for allegedly employing an attorney to spy on de la Huerta in an attempt to stop her reporting the alleged rapes. Filler also claims Weinstein and the attorney, Michael F. Rubin, worked together to get de la Huerta to fire him.
As Variety reports, Rubin has denied ever meeting or working for Weinstein. “Every allegation in that lawsuit is false,” he said. “I don’t know Harvey Weinstein. I never met Harvey Weinstein. I had nothing but Paz de la Huerta’s interests in mind. This guy is upset he lost a potential client.”
A spokesperson for Weinstein told The Associated Press via email that it was “insanity” to suggest the filmmaker “had any involvement” in the alleged events.
Meanwhile, over three hundred women working within the film industry have launched the ‘Time’s Up’ initiative, with the aim of combatting systemic sexual harassment in the entertainment industry and beyond.
Backed by the likes of Natalie Portman, Emma Stone and Reese Witherspoon, the initiative includes a $13m legal defence fund to help those in less privileged positions protect themselves from assault and the legal ramifications of reporting it.