Harvey Weinstein is being sued by a woman who claims he raped her at the Cannes Film Festival in 2006. Attorneys for Emma Loman, a resident of Germany who has worked as a producer, actor and model, filed a civil complaint with the U.S. District Court Central District of California, Western Division on Monday, Deadline reports.
The allegations are horrifyingly familiar to those who have followed the Weinstein story: it begins with his dogged pursuit of the alleged victim, is followed by an alleged attack and is concluded when the Oscar-winning producer ends her career.
Generally, the suit claims he violated human trafficking laws, and is accusing him of assault, battery and false imprisonment. The suit seeks compensatory damages of $75,000 as well as punitive damages.
More specifically, the suit says he "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."
Loman also claims in her suit that Weinstein’s pursuit was relentless, including having his assistant call Loman "up to 30 times a day," and that he "told her that it would be important for him and TWC that she attend the festival as his guest so that they could discuss her acting career."
She adds that TWC paid for her flights and accommodation. When she went to his hotel suite nominally to discuss upcoming roles, "Weinstein quickly dropped his professional demeanor. He instead overpowered Loman and raped her."
During the alleged rape, the suit claims Weinstein "bragged that he had recently received a negative result from an HIV test. Then, over Loman’s continued protests, he removed the condom he had been wearing and continued to rape Loman."
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Later, Loman went to L.A. to shop a film she’d been cast in, at which point TWC bought the rights and "then unilaterally had Loman fired from its cast."
The filing is seeking a jury trial. In all, more than 80 women have accused Weinstein of sexual misconduct, including rape, charges he denies.