- A Harvey Weinstein accuser has sued The Weinstein Company for allegedly being complicit in sexual abuse.
- This is the first lawsuit filed since the scandal broke.
The first lawsuit has been filed since the Harvey Weinstein scandal broke three weeks ago.
Dominique Huett, an actress and model, alleges Weinstein “performed oral sex” on her in a hotel room at the Peninsula Hotel in Beverly Hills, in 2010, during what Huett said she believed was a meeting to discuss her career.
On Tuesday, Huett sued The Weinstein Company, which Harvey cofounded with his brother Bob in 2005, alleging that the company was complicit.
The details of the alleged abuse are similar to the dozens of other stories that women have told to outlets like The New York Times and The New Yorker, as well as on social media, detailing Weinstein’s alleged actions over three decades.
According to Huett’s suit, Weinstein insisted Huett give him a massage, and when she finally agreed, he then performed oral sex on her.
“Weinstein displayed persistence and would not take ‘no’ for an answer,” the suit states.
The company is also reportedly on the brink of being sold off, potentially in pieces. The investment company Colony Capital may purchase it, as the TWC library is still of value, but only if “the Weinstein element could be removed,” Colony Capital head Tom Barrack said.
The Huett suit is for a single count of negligence, according to Variety. And though the alleged act took place in 2010, the suit claims that Huett didn’t become aware of TWC’s complicity until the stories in the last few weeks. Some of those stories claim that TWC was aware that Weinstein had reached confidential settlements with multiple women, but did little to nothing to prevent future abuse or harassment. Huett’s attorneys believe her suit should not be barred by the statute of limitations.
Business Insider contacted The Weinstein Company for comment but did not receive an immediate response.
Read Huett’s suit below:
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