New Rape Allegation Made Against Harvey Weinstein

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He has pleaded not guilty to charges of rape and criminal sexual acts in NY, and faces up to 25 years in prison on those charges.

Movie producer Harvey Weinstein was indicted on Wednesday on charges of rape and a criminal sexual act, Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance said, the first case to emerge from a slew of sexual misconduct allegations against him.

CNN reports that Melissa Thompson joined the three other women who filed a class-action lawsuit against the infamous, disgraced Hollywood producer.

"Harvey Weinstein may have been put in handcuffs for his assault on two women, but we are working to see a day of justice for the hundreds of women who were exploited for Weinstein's sexual gratification and silenced by this ring of conspirators", said Elizabeth Fegan, an attorney who worked on Friday's lawsuit.

Mr Weinstein did not testify before the grand jury, whose decision to indict him is a reflection of their view that enough evidence exists to pursue a prosecution.

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Though Thompson's story sounds very similar to the litany of other allegations brought to light by women over the past seven months, it adds a fresh layer of (alleged) insidiousness from Weinstein's lawyer. As she explained the company's services, she alleges that Weinstein began to caress her legs. The actress Asia Argento has already accused Weinstein of raping her at Cannes in 1997.

As she showed him the technology, Weinstein asked "So am I allowed to flirt with you?" the lawsuit said.

"This firm has never represented Melissa Thompson and I personally never met with her or any of the other women named in the lawsuit", said Brafman.

Mr. Weinstein intends to enter a plea of Not Guilty and vigorously defend against these unsupported allegations that he strongly denies. "I left the Brafman firm well before Brafman ever represented Weinstein, and, in fact, I represent one of the key victims, but Ms. Thompson has never been a client". The second time Larissa met with him, Weinstein imprisoned her in his hotel room and threatened, battered and assaulted her, causing her physical and emotional distress and injury to her property and livelihood. Dulany earlier told a version of her encounter in a first-person account for the Wrap, though she did not mention the alleged assault. He allegedly demanded she lay down with him, give him a massage and expose her breast.

The lawsuit asserts that the accusers were lured by Miramax or TWC employees and isolated with Weinstein in his office and hotel rooms to discuss their involvement in film projects.

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