A woman only identified as Jane Doe V accused Harvey Weinstein of raping her during the 2000 presidential debate in a new lawsuit.
The woman, who is now 55, claims she met Weinstein when she was 19 years old at the 1984 Cannes Film Festival, according to a report published Thursday by Page Six. She ran into Weinstein again in 1992. The woman claimed Weinstein took an interest in her career, but the interest would “quickly turn into unwanted sexual advances.”
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The woman claimed she had three encounters with Weinstein and alleged they all were sexually inappropriate. The third encounter occurred in 2000 when he invited the plaintiff over to his home to watch the debate. The pair reportedly ate sushi together and drank.
The alleged rape happened when she got up to go to the bathroom. (RELATED: Harvey Weinstein Hit With New Sexual Assault Charges In Los Angeles, Bringing Total To 11)
The complaint claimed Weinstein “blocked plaintiff’s path, forced her down onto the bed, removed her underwear and forcibly raped her,” according to Page Six.
“The sheer size and mass of Weinstein prevented plaintiff from being able to escape his clutches, but once he backed up, she broke free, sprinted for the door, and never saw Weinstein again,” the complaint said, the outlet reported.
Weinstein is now facing 11 sexual assault charges in California after being hit with six new ones Friday in the Los Angeles trial. In March, he was sentenced to 23 years in prison after being convicted of rape in the third degree and committing a criminal sexual act in the first degree.
Weinstein has repeatedly denied any non-consensual sexual encounters ever happened.