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Harvey Weinstein is being sued by a woman who accuses the disgraced mogul of raping her at the Cannes Film Festival in 2006. Attorneys on behalf of Emma Loman, who court documents say is a citizen and resident of Germany and has worked as an actor, producer and model, filed a civil complaint (read it here) with the U.S. District Court Central District of California, Western Division on Monday.
She is suing for violation of human trafficking laws, assault, battery and false imprisonment and seeking compensatory damages of no less than $75,000 as well as punitive damages.
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“Our client brings her claims in an effort to achieve justice for herself, and she hopes that by doing so she can help open the door to justice for the women in her industry who have undergone similar experiences,” said Loman’s attorney, John G. Balestriere. “Mr. Weinstein must answer these allegations and be held accountable for any damage he has caused our client.”
The suit alleges Weinstein “used his status, which arose from his many connections within Los Angeles and its world-dominating film industry, to lure Loman to his personal hotel room at the 59th Cannes Film Festival, where he then forced himself on her.”
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When contacted by Deadline Weinstein’s attorney had no comment.
Seeking a jury trial, the filing alleges that Loman met Weinstein in 2004 at the Venice Film Festival and exchanged information but had no further contact until before Cannes 2006 when Weinstein asked her to come to that festival as his guest “to discuss her appearing in one of Weinstein’s films.”
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Loman’s complaint says she was “initially wary,” but Weinstein “was persistent.” The suit alleges Weinstein had his assistant call Loman “up to 30 times a day, and told her that it would be important for him and TWC that she attend the festival as...
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