Harvey Weinstein Indicted on Rape, Criminal Sex Act Charges

Attorney Ben Brafman accused of tricking alleged Harvey Weinstein victim into giving him video evidence

Brafman is defending Weinstein following his indictment last week on rape and sex crime charges.

It continues to get worse for disgraced producer Harvey Weinstein, as yet another woman is accusing him of raping her in 2011.

"She had shared important evidence against Weinstein with the very law firm who represented Weinstein - unbeknownst to her", the lawsuit said.

The lawsuit reportedly seeks to have class-action status in order to represent other women that it claims were victimized by Weinstein and what it described as his enablers. It alleges racketeering, witness tampering, mail and wire fraud, assault, civil battery, negligent supervision and retention and intentional infliction of emotional distress. The lawsuit accuses Weinstein of running offices at the movie companies he controlled - Miramax and then the Weinstein Company - and hotel rooms like a "casting couch", and says this was "a choice facilitated and condoned by Miramax, the Weinstein Company and its board of directors".

"As if it wasn't enough that I was assaulted by Harvey Weinstein, Brafman & Associates led me to believe that they were going to help the group of women assaulted by him - when, in fact, they were Weinstein's lead criminal defense attorneys", Thompson said in a statement.

Following his arrest last week, Weinstein was released on $1 million bail and is required to wear an electronic monitoring bracelet.




Melissa Thompson, the primary woman in the suit, claims she was referred to Benjamin Brafman's law firm, the main attorney-at-law for the embattled Hollywood executive.

Elizabeth Fegan, a partner at Hagens Berman, said "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".

Brafman defended Weinstein on the steps of the court house in NY last Friday after the disgraced producer was taken there in handcuffs to face charges.

Weinstein has consistently denied all allegations of non-consensual sex.

The third woman, Larissa Gomes, says the former media mogul "chased her around the room" at a hotel in Toronto. The Associated Press does not identify alleged victims of sexual assaults unless they come forward publicly.

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