Harvey Weinstein faces new rape accusation in class action lawsuit


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He promised to make a deal that afternoon if she would meet him for a drink at the Tribeca Grand Hotel, the suit alleges. It said Thompson, feeling cornered but wanting to finish the demonstration, responded: "Ummmmm". At one point in the video, Weinstein sticks his hand up her skirt while asking her to continue speaking.

"Deceptive tactics were used to entice her to turn over her visual and audio evidence of Weinstein's conduct (which she did)", it said.

Instead of continuing the meeting in the hotel's restaurant area, Weinstein told Thompson to follow him to what she thought would be a screening room in the hotel, according to the complaint. In the suit, Dulany alleges that Weinstein performed oral sex on her without her consent and then masturbated.

She did not report it to law enforcement authorities because she feared for her safety and career, the lawsuit said.

Weinstein has been accused by more than a dozen women of sexual misconduct.

It is the second sexual assault class-action lawsuit filed against Weinstein by law firms Hagens Berman and the Armenta Law Firm, which sued Weinstein, Miramax and The Weinstein Group in December. Among the allegations are racketeering, witness tampering, mail and wire fraud, assault, civil battery, negligent supervision and retention and intentional infliction of emotional distress.

In this courtroom sketch, Harvey Weinstein, center, is escorted into New York County Criminal Court in New York on Friday, May 25, 2018.

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Brafman and Spiro denied the allegations.

Harvey Weinstein was arrested and charged with rape last week.

In a statement to ABC News, Brafman said his firm "has never represented" Thompson and that he has "personally never met with her or any of the other women named in the lawsuit".

After news broke of Weinstein's string of sexual accusers in October 2017, Thompson "was led to believe that Brafman and Spiro were representing victims against Weinstein", according to the plaintiffs' lawyers.

Melissa Thompson's claim was included in a proposed class-action lawsuit in which she and two other women allege they were sexually assaulted by the disgraced film producer.

Dulaney's co-plaintiff, Larissa Gomes, met Weinstein in 2000 while employed as an ensemble dancer/actress in "Get Over It", a Miramax film with Kirsten Dunst and Mila Kunis released the following year.

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