A Toronto actress and model is launching a $4-million lawsuit against disgraced Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein, claiming he sexually assaulted her twice in 2000 when she was in her 20s and starring in her first small movie role.
“Weinstein is a serial sexual predator who, by the time of the assaults on (Jane) Doe, had well-developed methods for targeting young actresses and luring them into situations that he considered optimal for sexually harassing and assaulting them,” her lawsuit alleges.
According to her proposed statement of claim, the woman, identified only as Jane Doe, said the famous movie mogul introduced himself on the Toronto set of his Miramax film when she was on her third and final day of filming and told her she looked like a famous actress.
That actress is among the 60 women who have since accused the movie producer of misconduct, including sexual assault and rape.
The day after meeting Weinstein, the Toronto woman said his assistant, Barbara Schneeweiss, called to tell her the famous producer had been impressed by her talent after watching the film’s “dailies” and wanted to have a breakfast meeting at the Sutton Place Hotel “to discuss her career and potential opportunities with Miramax.”
I hope she wins, and I hope she collects, but the line to sue Weinstein is pretty long. Maybe it would be a good idea to bring criminal charges and protect the public at large?