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Lawsuit Makes New Rape Allegation Against Harvey Weinstein

June 01, 2018 - 3:17 pm
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NEW YORK (WCBS 880/AP) — A new rape allegation has been made against Harvey Weinstein as part of a lawsuit alleging he had help covering up his misconduct with women.

The lawsuit was filed Friday in New York by three women, including one who says Weinstein assaulted her at a Manhattan hotel in 2011.

Melissa Thompson says that when she was meeting with Weinstein to pitch internet technology, he cornered her and "out-muscled" her as she tried to fight him off.

She alleges he then held her down and raped her. A lawyer for Weinstein did not immediately respond to a request to comment. Weinstein has denied sexually assaulting anyone.

The lawsuit is seeking class-action status to represent what it says is hundreds of women victimized by Weinstein and what it describes as his enablers.

Through her law firm, Thompson said she was comfortable with being named publicly.

Weinstein was indicted Wednesday by a New York grand jury on rape and other sex charges.

The rape charges stem from an alleged incident in March 2013 with a woman who has not been publicly identified. Weinstein's attorney Ben Brafman said the woman and Weinstein had been in a 10-year consensual relationship that continued for years after alleged rape. The woman, who hasn't been identified publicly, told investigators Weinstein confined her in a hotel room and raped her.

The other accuser in the case, former actress Lucia Evans, has gone public with her account of Weinstein forcing her to perform oral sex at his office in 2004. 

Beyond the two women involved in the New York case, dozens more women have accused Weinstein of sexual misconduct ranging from harassment to assault in various locales.

(© 2018 WCBS 880. The Associated Press contributed to this report.)