The Supreme Court of Los Angeles County in the U.S. state of California received a lawsuit in which a woman demanded damages from the producer Harvey Weinstein for harassment and attempted rape. This was reported Saturday, March 27, the New York Post newspaper, citing court filings.
According to the newspaper, the suit was filed by Hayley Grippe this past Friday, March 26. In it, she alleges Weinstein sexually assaulted her in a Beverly Hilton hotel room in Beverly Hills, California, in 2012, and she fought back and injured the producer. At the time, Grippe was 19 years old.
She claimed that at the time of the incident she knew nothing about Weinstein, who introduced himself by another name, other than that he was a prominent producer. The woman explained that Weinstein’s assistant, who initiated the meeting, threatened her with involuntary psychiatric confinement if she talked about the incident.
That was the reason, Grippe clarified, that she had not previously joined a lawsuit by several women that sentenced the producer to 23 years in prison.
The alleged victim indicated in the lawsuit that she has no plans to bring criminal charges against Weinstein, because, in her opinion, the court verdict in the case of the 69-year-old producer actually means his life sentence. However, the woman wants to seek compensation for an amount to be determined by justice. Weinstein himself denies guilt, calling the new charges “amazingly unconscionable and far-fetched.”
On March 11, 2020, a court in New York sentenced Weinstein to 23 years in prison for raping two women at different times in 2013.
Later that year, he was charged with six more counts of sexual misconduct. The cases involve two victims and relate to incidents that occurred more than 10 years ago.