A new woman joins the class-action lawsuit against Harvey Weinstein

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

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

Three women have filed a new class action lawsuit against Harvey Weinstein, including one who alleged that Weinstein raped her after she came to his office to pitch her internet startup.

Melissa Thompson says she was pitching Weinstein a marketing tech idea for The Weinstein Company in 2011 and alleges Weinstein raped her in his hotel room in NY, the lawsuit alleges.

Thompson went to a follow-up meeting with Weinstein at a restaurant at the Tribeca Grand Hotel that same day, and the meeting quickly moved to a hotel room, the suit says.

The complaint also details how she initially approached the law firm of Benjamin Brafman a year ago, and turned over evidence, before realizing that Weinstein was actually a client of Brafman's.

The law firms have brought additional suits representing other survivors, and accuse Miramax, The Weinstein Company and other parties of facilitating Weinstein's organized pattern of predatory behavior, equating to an enterprise that violates the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act, commonly referred to as the RICO Act, the same law brought against members of the Mafia for organized criminal behavior.

The friend, a NY modeling executive named Paolo Zampolli, who has reported ties to both Weinstein and President Donald Trump, urged her to follow through by citing Brafman's credentials, and later insisted Brafman had told him "he was representing girls", the suit alleged. As she explained the company's services, she alleges that Weinstein began to caress her legs.

The lawsuit states that Dulany and Weinstein allegedly ran into each other again two months later at the Cannes Film Festival, where they attended a few events together.

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"I left the Brafman firm well before Brafman ever represented Weinstein", Spiro said, "and in fact I represent one of the key victims, but Ms. Thompson has never been a client".

Mr. Weinstein intends to enter a plea of Not Guilty and vigorously defend against these unsupported allegations that he strongly denies.

According to the complaint, Thompson was not told the Brafman firm was actually working for Weinstein.

The attorney of the women is hoping to make the lawsuit a class-action suit to represent the other women who have accused Harvey of similar crimes.

Weinstein then asked her to meet him for a drink at a hotel to continue the conversation.

The lawsuit alleges that Alex Spiro, when with the Brafman firm, interacted with Thompson.

Benjamin Brafman, Lawyer for Movie producer Harvey Weinstein, speaks to the press following a gathering on the Manhattan Legal Court docket in New York, Might 29, 2018.

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