Har­vey We­in­stein sued for sex­ual bat­tery by ac­tress

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LOS AN­GE­LES (AP) — An un­named ac­tress has sued Har­vey We­in­stein al­leg­ing he com­mit­ted sex­ual bat­tery against her in Bev­erly Hills ho­tel rooms in 2015 and 2016 af­ter she agreed to meet the pro­ducer to dis­cuss a tele­vi­sion role.

The ac­tress is iden­ti­fied only as Jane Doe in the sex­ual bat­tery law­suit filed Tues­day in Los An­ge­les Su­pe­rior Court. It al­leges that We­in­stein held the woman against her will while We­in­stein en­gaged in sex­ual sit­u­a­tions.

The suit says the woman first met We­in­stein in 2011 at a party and he of­fered to as­sist her with her act­ing ca­reer. For sev­eral years, We­in­stein in­vited the woman to awards show par­ties.

We­in­stein met her at the Mon­tage Ho­tel in Bev­erly Hills in late 2015 to dis­cuss a part in the tele­vi­sion se­ries “Marco Polo,” which We­in­stein and his com­pany were pro­duc­ing. The pro­ducer asked her if he could mas­tur­bate in front of her, and when she re­fused, he held her by the wrist and forced her to watch him, the law­suit said.

The next in­ci­dent hap­pened sev­eral months later at the same ho­tel, ac­cord­ing to the law­suit. The woman agreed to meet We­in­stein to dis­cuss the “Marco Polo” role again, and this time al­leges We­in­stein threw her on a bed, started per­form­ing oral sex on her and put his pe­nis in­side her vagina be­fore start­ing to start mas­tur­bate on her, the law­suit states.

The woman was able to break free and flee the room, the suit said.

“Any al­le­ga­tions of non­con­sen­sual sex are un­equiv­o­cally de­nied by Mr. We­in­stein,” the pro­ducer’s rep­re­sen­ta­tive Holly Baird wrote in a state­ment.

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