New lawsuit accuses Harvey Weinstein of sexual assault, attempted rape

New York, New York - A New York woman has filed suit against fallen film producer Harvey Weinstein, claiming he sexually assaulted her in his suite at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in November 2012.

Harvey Weinstein arriving at the Manhattan Criminal Court with his attorneys on February 24, 2020.
Harvey Weinstein arriving at the Manhattan Criminal Court with his attorneys on February 24, 2020.  © IMAGO / ZUMA Wire

The complaint filed Friday in Los Angeles Superior Court said the woman, Hayley Gripp, now 27, was lured into Weinstein's room by a female associate who struck up a conversation with her in the hotel lobby.

Once inside the room, Weinstein allegedly sexually assaulted and attempted to rape Gripp, pinning her down, forcibly penetrating her with his fingers, and exposing his genitals to her as he masturbated over her body.

Gripp fought and managed to escape the attack and, in doing so, "caused a significant injury to Weinstein's genitals," the suit said.

The suit alleges that the assault was facilitated by Weinstein's associate, who persuaded Gripp to meet Weinstein, coerced her to drink an alcoholic beverage, guarded the door during the attack, and threatened to "ruin Gripp's life" if she reported the incident.

Gripp, an aspiring actor and model, was 19 years old at the time of the alleged incident. She was at the Beverly Hilton before heading to a casting appointment.

The unnamed Weinstein associate invited Gripp to meet the producer and discuss the woman's work for the Tourette Syndrome Foundation. Gripp, who has Tourette syndrome, was a youth ambassador for the organization, now known as the Tourette Association of America.

Weinstein is serving a 20-year sentence on charges of rape and sexual assault

Protesters united in the common struggle against systemic violence against women during Harvey Weinstein's trial in New York, January 2020.
Protesters united in the common struggle against systemic violence against women during Harvey Weinstein's trial in New York, January 2020.  © IMAGO / ZUMA Wire

Gripp did not reveal the incident to anyone, saying in the suit that she was "scared and intimidated" by Weinstein's threats. She also feared that she would "get into trouble" for fighting back.

The suit said Gripp did not realize that Weinstein was her alleged assailant until November 2018, when numerous sex abuse allegations against the producer became widely circulated, sparking the #MeToo movement. Gripp said she was subsequently diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder, which she recognized as being connected to the alleged assault.

Weinstein (69) was convicted in February 2020 of committing a criminal sexual act and third-degree rape. He is serving a 20-year sentence for a 2006 attack against former production assistant Mimi Haley. Weinstein must serve an additional three years in prison for raping aspiring actor Jessica Mann in a Manhattan hotel in 2013. The sentences will run consecutively.

In October, Los Angeles County prosecutors charged the disgraced Hollywood mogul with six additional sexual assault counts involving two more alleged victims. He stands accused of raping and sexually assaulting five women in L.A. County from 2004 to 2013.

Christa Riggins, an attorney for Gripp, said the woman is not filing criminal charges against Weinstein, but is willing to cooperate with police if they pursue the case. Gripp is asking for a jury trial and seeks unspecified damages.

Imran H. Ansari, an attorney for Weinstein, told the New York Post that his client denies Gripp's allegations.

"Mr. Weinstein categorically denies the allegations made against him in the complaint that has come out of the woodwork, and intends to vigorously defend against the lawsuit," Ansari said.

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