26 October, 2017
Two more women accused movie mogul Harvey Weinstein of sexual assault Tuesday, and the company he co-founded is facing a potentially costly lawsuit over his conduct.
Meanwhile, celebrity lawyer Gloria Allred, who represents at least three accusers, held yet another press conference, this time in NY, and urged Weinstein to negotiate with her. Her voice occasionally catching, she claimed Weinstein had "orally forced himself" on her after pinning her on to a bed and removing her tampon.
"He was extremely persistent and physically overpowering", said Haleyi. "At the time, I personally did not have the idea to even report anything because I didn't think anyone would care", she said.
A spokeswoman for Weinstein said that "allegations of nonconsensual sex are unequivocally denied".
They watched a little TV, and then Weinstein pounced, she said.
Through his spokesperson, Weinstein has denied any allegations of nonconsensual sex, but police departments in London, Los Angeles, and NY are now investigating, as is the NY attorney general. She said she will seek resolution with Weinstein and his legal team after he returns from rehab.
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Lighthizer said he had no evidence that either Mexico or Canada is willing to "rebalance" this situation. Officials want to avoid tying the hands of their central banks when setting monetary policy, they said.
"There's no decision at this time", Allred said when pressed on whether Haleyi would be willing to meet with the local investigators already probing Weinstein's alleged history of harassment and sexual assault.
Haleyi said she first met Weinstein at the London premiere of The Aviator in 2004. She expressed interest in working on one of his films and he invited her to his hotel room and asked for a massage. "I said, 'No sorry, I'm not a masseuse, ' and I suggested he contact hotel reception", Haleyi said. More meetings followed, though, including an invitation from Weinstein to attend a fashion show in Paris.
Also this week, actress Dominique Huett said Weinstein sexually abused her in 2010 in Beverly Hills and she sued his company for negligence, marking the first civil suit over his alleged abuses since the scandal came to light. She began crying Tuesday as she recounted what she thought would be a professional meeting.
"I said I'm on my period, there's no way this is going to happen, please stop". "I remember Harvey rolling over and saying, 'Don't you feel like we're so much closer now?"'
Weinstein has not commented on Haleyi's accusations at this time. "With respect to any women who have made allegations on the record, Mr Weinstein believes that all of these relationships were consensual". "So within those groups, definitely we shared our horror and just commitment to one another to do whatever we can to make sure that people are outed and that there is justice".