German actor Emma Loman has filed a lawsuit against Harvey Weinstein, alleging the disgraced movie mogul raped her in 2006 at the Cannes film festival.
In a complaint filed on Monday in Los Angeles, Loman said that she met Weinstein in 2004 at the Venice film festival and he later invited her to Cannes as his guest to discuss her career.
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Loman said she was initially hesitant to accept the invitation but Weinstein was persistent, with his assistant calling her up to 30 times a day.
Loman said she finally relented and found Weinstein to be very professional during several meetings. The lawsuit says that changed, however, after he lured her to his hotel suite, presumably to discuss possible acting roles in some of his films. “Upon arriving at Weinstein’s suite ... Weinstein quickly dropped his professional demeanor. He instead overpowered Loman and raped her,” the lawsuit says.
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It adds that the 66-year-old former Hollywood producer subsequently made it clear to Loman that he could ruin her career if she came forward.
“Fearful both that no one would believe her and the potential retaliation from such a powerful figure, Loman stayed silent,” the lawsuit says. “It was only upon the late 2017 revelation of the scope of Weinstein’s wrongful actions ... that Loman felt safe coming forward to seek redress for Weinstein’s rape of her.”
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Loman is suing Weinstein for assault, violation of human trafficking laws, battery and false imprisonment.
Weinstein has been accused by dozens of women of numerous incidents of sexual misconduct, ranging from harassment to rape. He is out on bail and has pleaded not guilty in New York to...
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