Harvey Weinstein Urges New York Supreme Court to Dismiss All Remaining Charges

Harvey Weinstein, through his lawyer Benjamin Brafman, filed paperwork in New York Supreme Court on Monday asking that it dismiss the five remaining counts in his sexual assault case.

Weinstein argues that the entire prosecution has been contaminated by police misconduct.

The request comes just a few weeks after Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr. dismissed the accusations of Lucia Evans, who had accused Weinstein of forcing her to perform oral sex on him back in 2004. That was one of the six criminal charges Weinstein faced.

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In the court documents filed on Monday, Brafman said the entire superseding indictment should be dismissed “because it was based on a defective Grand Jury proceeding, that was irreparably tainted by police misconduct, Lucia Evans’ false testimony and the District Attorney’s failure to provide the Grand Jury with exculpatory evidence of the long-term, consensual, intimate relationship between Mr. Weinstein and the alleged rape victim in counts three, four and five.”

The Manhattan D.A.’s office declined to comment on the filing.

In his filing, Weinstein references evidence he brought to the court in August when he argued for the dismissal of his New York rape case by citing an email in which he says his accuser declared her love for him and said she didn’t want to feel like a “booty call.”

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The D.A.’s office said in response that it was not required to show those emails to the Grand Jury, as “the emails were not exculpatory as none of the ‘emails contained the denial of the charged rape.’”

Weinstein was initially indicted on six charges, including predatory sexual assault, criminal sexual act in the first degree, rape in the first degree and rape in the third degree. He has pleaded not guilty to all of the charges. He is also being investigated by police in Los Angeles and London.

Last week, in an amended complaint to another ongoing lawsuit, Weinstein was accused of sexually assaulting a 16-year-old girl, who was also a virgin at the time, at a 2002 event in New York City.

Also Read: Woman Says Weinstein Sexually Assaulted Her When She Was 16

The complaint, filed last Wednesday and obtained by TheWrap, said Weinstein “lured” a woman identified as Jane Doe “to his apartment and sexually assaulted her.” The complaint said that Weinstein “continued to emotionally abuse and sexually harass her for nearly a decade thereafter.”

Pamela Chelin contributed to this reporting.

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Harvey Weinstein, through his lawyer Benjamin Brafman, filed paperwork in New York Supreme Court on Monday asking that it dismiss the five remaining counts in his sexual assault case.

Weinstein argues that the entire prosecution has been contaminated by police misconduct.

The request comes just a few weeks after Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr. dismissed the accusations of Lucia Evans, who had accused Weinstein of forcing her to perform oral sex on him back in 2004. That was one of the six criminal charges Weinstein faced.

In the court documents filed on Monday, Brafman said the entire superseding indictment should be dismissed “because it was based on a defective Grand Jury proceeding, that was irreparably tainted by police misconduct, Lucia Evans’ false testimony and the District Attorney’s failure to provide the Grand Jury with exculpatory evidence of the long-term, consensual, intimate relationship between Mr. Weinstein and the alleged rape victim in counts three, four and five.”

The Manhattan D.A.’s office declined to comment on the filing.

In his filing, Weinstein references evidence he brought to the court in August when he argued for the dismissal of his New York rape case by citing an email in which he says his accuser declared her love for him and said she didn’t want to feel like a “booty call.”

The D.A.’s office said in response that it was not required to show those emails to the Grand Jury, as “the emails were not exculpatory as none of the ‘emails contained the denial of the charged rape.'”

Weinstein was initially indicted on six charges, including predatory sexual assault, criminal sexual act in the first degree, rape in the first degree and rape in the third degree. He has pleaded not guilty to all of the charges. He is also being investigated by police in Los Angeles and London.

Last week, in an amended complaint to another ongoing lawsuit, Weinstein was accused of sexually assaulting a 16-year-old girl, who was also a virgin at the time, at a 2002 event in New York City.

The complaint, filed last Wednesday and obtained by TheWrap, said Weinstein “lured” a woman identified as Jane Doe “to his apartment and sexually assaulted her.” The complaint said that Weinstein “continued to emotionally abuse and sexually harass her for nearly a decade thereafter.”

Pamela Chelin contributed to this reporting.

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Mary Elizabeth Winstead on ‘All About Nina’ in #MeToo Era: ‘These Roles Tend to Find Me’

In “All About Nina,” Mary Elizabeth Winstead plays Nina Geld, a smart, angry and often vexing stand-up comedian on the rise. But, her life is a mess: Her romantic relationships are toxic and she has demons in her past that need exorcising. And it just so happens, that’s exactly what piqued Winstead’s interest about the project.

“As an actress, you’re often tasked with fitting into some sort of mold that pleases everybody all the time both on and off screen. The fact that she’s not always likable is probably one of the main things that drew me to the role,” Winstead told TheWrap during a recent phone interview. “It was kind of liberating to get this opportunity to play a character that’s unapologetic in the way that she behaves and the way that she acts and the way that she is on stage, even if she’s sort of wrestling with her demons and she may have some things she needs to work through.”

“All About Nina,” in theaters now and by indie distributor The Orchard, was written, directed and produced by first-time feature director Eva Vives, who gives Winstead a lot to chew on and a lot to say, in a myriad of provocative ways.

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Nina is unapologetic and independent, sure, but she is also acrimonious, on edge and often not at all likable. Not until a major late-act revelation during a crucial stand-up set for Nina is the audience clued in to why and what the demons are that Nina is working through.

The film draws parallels to Hannah Gadsby’s critically acclaimed Netflix special “Nanette,” though Nina’s revelation surfaces more out of her frustration.

“That’s to me exciting as an actor to get the opportunity to work through those things alongside her and with her,” Winstead said of playing Nina. “It’s an incredible time, really, and I feel like in some ways this movie, as well as ‘Nanette’ and other projects coming out right now, and the conversations that are happening, captures that exciting shift that’s in the air that’s also a little bit uncomfortable, you know?” she added.

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“It’s important to talk about these things and to be open about it and to be honest about it and for women to be able to come forward with their stories, no matter what they are and no matter what’s happened to them and to own that and be able to say ‘I’m worthy in spite of what happened to me and I don’t have to bare the responsibility of it.’”

Winstead is making a conscious decision now more than ever to work with filmmakers whose voices she said deserve to be heard and previously haven’t been. She said she’s often drawn to female characters in films who have substance, who are strong and have complexity — otherwise her heart’s just not in it, she said.

Winstead was recently cast as The Huntress in Warner Bros. all-female superhero team-up “Birds of Prey.” Winstead will star in that film alongside Margot Robbie and Jurnee Smollett-Bell, and it’s being directed by Cathy Yan (“Dead Pigs”) from a script penned by Christina Hodson, who is also writing “Batgirl” for the studio.

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Winstead told TheWrap that meeting with Yan, testing with the other actresses and the prospect of working with so many women has been an extraordinary experience so far, and one of the things that drew her to that project.

“These roles just tend to find me and it really just brings me a lot of joy to be able to bring these characters to life. It tends to be all I’m really good at, but I love them so it’s cool,” Winstead said. “Hopefully more and more women and people of all backgrounds get their voices on screen. That’s something I’m really excited about.”

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In “All About Nina,” Mary Elizabeth Winstead plays Nina Geld, a smart, angry and often vexing stand-up comedian on the rise. But, her life is a mess: Her romantic relationships are toxic and she has demons in her past that need exorcising. And it just so happens, that’s exactly what piqued Winstead’s interest about the project.

“As an actress, you’re often tasked with fitting into some sort of mold that pleases everybody all the time both on and off screen. The fact that she’s not always likable is probably one of the main things that drew me to the role,” Winstead told TheWrap during a recent phone interview. “It was kind of liberating to get this opportunity to play a character that’s unapologetic in the way that she behaves and the way that she acts and the way that she is on stage, even if she’s sort of wrestling with her demons and she may have some things she needs to work through.”

“All About Nina,” in theaters now and by indie distributor The Orchard, was written, directed and produced by first-time feature director Eva Vives, who gives Winstead a lot to chew on and a lot to say, in a myriad of provocative ways.

Nina is unapologetic and independent, sure, but she is also acrimonious, on edge and often not at all likable. Not until a major late-act revelation during a crucial stand-up set for Nina is the audience clued in to why and what the demons are that Nina is working through.

The film draws parallels to Hannah Gadsby’s critically acclaimed Netflix special “Nanette,” though Nina’s revelation surfaces more out of her frustration.

“That’s to me exciting as an actor to get the opportunity to work through those things alongside her and with her,” Winstead said of playing Nina. “It’s an incredible time, really, and I feel like in some ways this movie, as well as ‘Nanette’ and other projects coming out right now, and the conversations that are happening, captures that exciting shift that’s in the air that’s also a little bit uncomfortable, you know?” she added.

“It’s important to talk about these things and to be open about it and to be honest about it and for women to be able to come forward with their stories, no matter what they are and no matter what’s happened to them and to own that and be able to say ‘I’m worthy in spite of what happened to me and I don’t have to bare the responsibility of it.'”

Winstead is making a conscious decision now more than ever to work with filmmakers whose voices she said deserve to be heard and previously haven’t been. She said she’s often drawn to female characters in films who have substance, who are strong and have complexity — otherwise her heart’s just not in it, she said.

Winstead was recently cast as The Huntress in Warner Bros. all-female superhero team-up “Birds of Prey.” Winstead will star in that film alongside Margot Robbie and Jurnee Smollett-Bell, and it’s being directed by Cathy Yan (“Dead Pigs”) from a script penned by Christina Hodson, who is also writing “Batgirl” for the studio.

Winstead told TheWrap that meeting with Yan, testing with the other actresses and the prospect of working with so many women has been an extraordinary experience so far, and one of the things that drew her to that project.

“These roles just tend to find me and it really just brings me a lot of joy to be able to bring these characters to life. It tends to be all I’m really good at, but I love them so it’s cool,” Winstead said. “Hopefully more and more women and people of all backgrounds get their voices on screen. That’s something I’m really excited about.”

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Roman Polanski’s Next Film, ‘J’accuse,’ Will Be About a Wrongly Accused Man

Roman Polanski apparently has something to say about a man being wrongfully convicted of a crime. The infamous director has started production on his next film “J’accuse,” his first project in the #MeToo era.

The film tells the story of the Dreyfus Affair, a political scandal in which Jewish French captain Alfred Dreyfus was wrongfully convicted of treason in 1894, and sentenced to life imprisonment at Devil’s island.

Polanski, a French-Polish filmmaker, fled the U.S. in 1977 after pleading guilty to the statutory rape of 13-year-old Samantha Geimer in 1977. He was imprisoned for 42 days, after which he was released and put on probation as part of a plea bargain. When Polanski learned the judge planned to revoke the plea deal, the director fled to Paris before the sentencing.

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Since the accusations and revelations of roughly 30 years of sexual harassment and assault against former power producer, Harvey Weinstein came to light nearly a year ago, the #MeToo movement has toppled a number of powerful men in the industry. The accusations against Bill Cosby have led to the comedian serving anywhere from three to ten years in prison.

Polanski, however, has managed to not only stay out of jail but continue to write, produce and direct films.

“J’accuse” will begin filming this fall in Paris. Louis Garrel will star as Captain Alfred Dreyfus, the real-life French-Jewish soldier wrongly convicted of spying for the Germans. While imprisoned, evidence arose identifying the actual culprit, but it was suppressed by the French military, which then falsified documents used to accuse Dreyfus of further crimes. Dreyfus became a cause celebre however, and after more than a decade was fully exonerated. But the matter exposed deep strains of antisemitism in France with profound effects during the following decades.

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Academy Award-winning actor Jean Dujardin (“The Artist”) will star as the counter-espionage officer who vindicated Dreyfus. Mathieu Amalric, Olivier Gourmet, and Polanski’s wife Emmanuelle Seigner round out the cast. Polanski has been developing the film since 2012, from a script penned by British novelist Robert Harris.

Polanski has already let his opinion be known on the subject of the #MeToo movement, calling it a “Total hypocrisy.” Now he’s getting the chance to explore a man reeling for a wrongful accusation through his art.

In May, Polanski was expelled from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, along with Cosby. He was expelled 15 years after his film “The Pianist” took home Oscars for Best Director, Best Adapted Screenplay and Best Actor at the 75th Academy Awards. The film was nominated for Best Picture, but lost to “Chicago.”

The news was first reported by The Hollywood Reporter

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Roman Polanski apparently has something to say about a man being wrongfully convicted of a crime. The infamous director has started production on his next film “J’accuse,” his first project in the #MeToo era.

The film tells the story of the Dreyfus Affair, a political scandal in which Jewish French captain Alfred Dreyfus was wrongfully convicted of treason in 1894, and sentenced to life imprisonment at Devil’s island.

Polanski, a French-Polish filmmaker, fled the U.S. in 1977 after pleading guilty to the statutory rape of 13-year-old Samantha Geimer in 1977. He was imprisoned for 42 days, after which he was released and put on probation as part of a plea bargain. When Polanski learned the judge planned to revoke the plea deal, the director fled to Paris before the sentencing.

Since the accusations and revelations of roughly 30 years of sexual harassment and assault against former power producer, Harvey Weinstein came to light nearly a year ago, the #MeToo movement has toppled a number of powerful men in the industry. The accusations against Bill Cosby have led to the comedian serving anywhere from three to ten years in prison.

Polanski, however, has managed to not only stay out of jail but continue to write, produce and direct films.

“J’accuse” will begin filming this fall in Paris. Louis Garrel will star as Captain Alfred Dreyfus, the real-life French-Jewish soldier wrongly convicted of spying for the Germans. While imprisoned, evidence arose identifying the actual culprit, but it was suppressed by the French military, which then falsified documents used to accuse Dreyfus of further crimes. Dreyfus became a cause celebre however, and after more than a decade was fully exonerated. But the matter exposed deep strains of antisemitism in France with profound effects during the following decades.

Academy Award-winning actor Jean Dujardin (“The Artist”) will star as the counter-espionage officer who vindicated Dreyfus. Mathieu Amalric, Olivier Gourmet, and Polanski’s wife Emmanuelle Seigner round out the cast. Polanski has been developing the film since 2012, from a script penned by British novelist Robert Harris.

Polanski has already let his opinion be known on the subject of the #MeToo movement, calling it a “Total hypocrisy.” Now he’s getting the chance to explore a man reeling for a wrongful accusation through his art.

In May, Polanski was expelled from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, along with Cosby. He was expelled 15 years after his film “The Pianist” took home Oscars for Best Director, Best Adapted Screenplay and Best Actor at the 75th Academy Awards. The film was nominated for Best Picture, but lost to “Chicago.”

The news was first reported by The Hollywood Reporter

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Fellow Weinstein Accuser Lysette Anthony Speaks Out in Defense of Asia Argento

British actress Lysette Anthony has offered a staunch defense of fellow Harvey Weinstein accuser Asia Argento, who is currently facing an accusation that she sexually assaulted former child star Jimmy Bennett.

“I’m going to be flayed alive for speaking out, but I cannot stand by while Asia Argento is hurled under a bus,” Anthony wrote in a column for U.K.’s The Sunday Times. “She has been extraordinarily courageous standing up to Weinstein. And now she’s being punished. She’s being vilified and abused.”

Last Sunday, The New York Times reported that Argento — the actress-director who was one of the first women to accuse Weinstein of sexual assault and has since been at the forefront of the #MeToo movement — had paid a $380,000 settlement to Bennett, who accused her of sexually assaulting him in 2013 when he was just 17.

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Argento released a statement last Tuesday in which she rebuts the allegation, saying, “I strongly deny and oppose the contents of the New York Times article. I am deeply shocked and hurt by having read news that is absolutely false. I have never had any sexual relationship with Bennett.”

That denial moved Anthony to speak up. “When Asia told her story it was absolutely akin to mine and I cannot in good conscience let her carry the burden,” Anthony wrote. “It’s shaming and humiliating to stand up and say that man abused, raped and humiliated me and seriously damaged my career for many years.”

In her column, Anthony brought up that journalist Ronan Farrow reported the tactics Weinstein would use to prevent people from coming forward. Although Anthony doesn’t say that she believes some form of this is what happened to Argento, she does go on to say: “We should remind everyone that Weinstein paid former Mossad agents to obtain information. I have also been battling against a ‘little spy’ of my own whom I suspect may have been conducting a fishing operation. I obviously got the budget version.”

Weinstein has consistently denied that he ever engaged in non-consensual sex.

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Anthony, a British soap star of “Hollyoaks,” came out last October in an interview with the Sunday Times and accused Weinstein of raping her in 1982.

“I know people have been sitting around dinner tables looking to find us complicit. But this is not a story of actresses trying to further their careers. This is the story of a predator and a rapist. He’s hurt a shocking number of women,” Anthony wrote.

Anthony said she is currently working with police both in the U.K. and in the U.S. regarding the Weinstein cases and believes “the day of judgment for Harvey Weinstein is fast approaching.” She went on to say that if Weinstein is ever extradited to the U.K., that a British case will be primed and ready.

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“I have been intimidated, bullied and frightened, but he seriously underestimated me. He is not a monster in a fairy tale, but a disgusting man who has preyed on, abused and hurt dozens of women,” Anthony wrote. “If you don’t understand, be thankful, because no one should have to go through what I went through — or what Asia is going through now. It’s barbaric.”

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British actress Lysette Anthony has offered a staunch defense of fellow Harvey Weinstein accuser Asia Argento, who is currently facing an accusation that she sexually assaulted former child star Jimmy Bennett.

“I’m going to be flayed alive for speaking out, but I cannot stand by while Asia Argento is hurled under a bus,” Anthony wrote in a column for U.K.’s The Sunday Times. “She has been extraordinarily courageous standing up to Weinstein. And now she’s being punished. She’s being vilified and abused.”

Last Sunday, The New York Times reported that Argento — the actress-director who was one of the first women to accuse Weinstein of sexual assault and has since been at the forefront of the #MeToo movement — had paid a $380,000 settlement to Bennett, who accused her of sexually assaulting him in 2013 when he was just 17.

Argento released a statement last Tuesday in which she rebuts the allegation, saying, “I strongly deny and oppose the contents of the New York Times article. I am deeply shocked and hurt by having read news that is absolutely false. I have never had any sexual relationship with Bennett.”

That denial moved Anthony to speak up. “When Asia told her story it was absolutely akin to mine and I cannot in good conscience let her carry the burden,” Anthony wrote. “It’s shaming and humiliating to stand up and say that man abused, raped and humiliated me and seriously damaged my career for many years.”

In her column, Anthony brought up that journalist Ronan Farrow reported the tactics Weinstein would use to prevent people from coming forward. Although Anthony doesn’t say that she believes some form of this is what happened to Argento, she does go on to say: “We should remind everyone that Weinstein paid former Mossad agents to obtain information. I have also been battling against a ‘little spy’ of my own whom I suspect may have been conducting a fishing operation. I obviously got the budget version.”

Weinstein has consistently denied that he ever engaged in non-consensual sex.

Anthony, a British soap star of “Hollyoaks,” came out last October in an interview with the Sunday Times and accused Weinstein of raping her in 1982.

“I know people have been sitting around dinner tables looking to find us complicit. But this is not a story of actresses trying to further their careers. This is the story of a predator and a rapist. He’s hurt a shocking number of women,” Anthony wrote.

Anthony said she is currently working with police both in the U.K. and in the U.S. regarding the Weinstein cases and believes “the day of judgment for Harvey Weinstein is fast approaching.” She went on to say that if Weinstein is ever extradited to the U.K., that a British case will be primed and ready.

“I have been intimidated, bullied and frightened, but he seriously underestimated me. He is not a monster in a fairy tale, but a disgusting man who has preyed on, abused and hurt dozens of women,” Anthony wrote. “If you don’t understand, be thankful, because no one should have to go through what I went through — or what Asia is going through now. It’s barbaric.”

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Harvey Weinstein Accused of Rape in New Lawsuit

Harvey Weinstein has been accused of rape in a new lawsuit filed Monday in the U.S. District Court Central District of California, Western Division.

The accuser, a woman described as a resident of Germany, said in her lawsuit that the disgraced mogul raped her in 2006, in a hotel room at the Cannes Film Festival, and that he later threatened her into silence. In a subsequent filing Tuesday, her lawyers asked that she be able to use the pseudonym “Emma Loman” because she “fears severe professional and economic retaliation and injury if her identity is disclosed.”

A representative for Weinstein’s lawyer Benjamin Brafman told TheWrap that Brafman was not yet able to comment on the lawsuit.

The lawsuit says Loman was initially fearful no one would believe her, and that Weinstein would retaliate. But after the wave of Weinstein accusers came forward beginning last fall, she “felt safe coming forward to seek redress for Weinstein’s rape of her, which she began pursuing immediately.”

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The lawsuit says Loman met Weinstein at the Venice Film Festival in 2004, but that Weinstein didn’t contact her again until shortly before the 2006 Cannes festival, when he asked her to attend as his guest and discuss possible acting roles.

According to Loman’s account, Weinstein’s assistant called her “up to 30 times a day” to convince her to attend, and when she agreed, The Weinstein Company paid for her travel and lodging.

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The suit offers a detail familiar from other accusations against the disgraced mogul: Weinstein said he had some roles in mind for Loman and invited her to his “office,” which she says turned out to be his hotel suite. There, the suit says, Weinstein “quickly dropped his professional demeanor” and “instead overpowered Loman and raped her.”

“Weinstein proceeded to treat the rape like a standard component of their business, as if the professional discussion he offered Loman had actually taken place,” the lawsuit continues. “Immediately after raping Loman, Weinstein told her that he would follow up with a call, and although Loman wanted to make clear to Weinstein again that he had just severely violated her, he quickly made her leave his suite, citing his busy schedule.”

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The suit says that at an unspecified later date, Weinstein “lured” Loman back to his suite, where he told her that “even if she could somehow overpower” him, that his security guards would not let her leave until “she promised to keep silent about Weinstein’s assault and rape.”

Loman also accuses Weinstein of buying a film she had been cast in, then firing her in what the suit describes a “pointed reminder of both his power and memory.”

Loman is seeking a trial by jury and damages in an amount no less than $75,000. The suit also seeks punitive damages for assault, battery, and false imprisonment in an amount to be determined at trial, damages pursuant to the civil remedy for human trafficking, attorneys’ fees and any such other relief the court deems necessary.

Weinstein faces possible life in prison after being indicted in New York on six charges including predatory sexual assault, criminal sexual act in the first degree, rape in the first degree and rape in the third degree. He has pleaded not guilty to all of the charges.

Pamela Chelin contributed to this reporting.

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Harvey Weinstein has been accused of rape in a new lawsuit filed Monday in the U.S. District Court Central District of California, Western Division.

The accuser, a woman described as a resident of Germany, said in her lawsuit that the disgraced mogul raped her in 2006, in a hotel room at the Cannes Film Festival, and that he later threatened her into silence. In a subsequent filing Tuesday, her lawyers asked that she be able to use the pseudonym “Emma Loman” because she “fears severe professional and economic retaliation and injury if her identity is disclosed.”

A representative for Weinstein’s lawyer Benjamin Brafman told TheWrap that Brafman was not yet able to comment on the lawsuit.

The lawsuit says Loman was initially fearful no one would believe her, and that Weinstein would retaliate. But after the wave of Weinstein accusers came forward beginning last fall, she “felt safe coming forward to seek redress for Weinstein’s rape of her, which she began pursuing immediately.”

The lawsuit says Loman met Weinstein at the Venice Film Festival in 2004, but that Weinstein didn’t contact her again until shortly before the 2006 Cannes festival, when he asked her to attend as his guest and discuss possible acting roles.

According to Loman’s account, Weinstein’s assistant called her “up to 30 times a day” to convince her to attend, and when she agreed, The Weinstein Company paid for her travel and lodging.

The suit offers a detail familiar from other accusations against the disgraced mogul: Weinstein said he had some roles in mind for Loman and invited her to his “office,” which she says turned out to be his hotel suite. There, the suit says, Weinstein “quickly dropped his professional demeanor” and “instead overpowered Loman and raped her.”

“Weinstein proceeded to treat the rape like a standard component of their business, as if the professional discussion he offered Loman had actually taken place,” the lawsuit continues. “Immediately after raping Loman, Weinstein told her that he would follow up with a call, and although Loman wanted to make clear to Weinstein again that he had just severely violated her, he quickly made her leave his suite, citing his busy schedule.”

The suit says that at an unspecified later date, Weinstein “lured” Loman back to his suite, where he told her that “even if she could somehow overpower” him, that his security guards would not let her leave until “she promised to keep silent about Weinstein’s assault and rape.”

Loman also accuses Weinstein of buying a film she had been cast in, then firing her in what the suit describes a “pointed reminder of both his power and memory.”

Loman is seeking a trial by jury and damages in an amount no less than $75,000. The suit also seeks punitive damages for assault, battery, and false imprisonment in an amount to be determined at trial, damages pursuant to the civil remedy for human trafficking, attorneys’ fees and any such other relief the court deems necessary.

Weinstein faces possible life in prison after being indicted in New York on six charges including predatory sexual assault, criminal sexual act in the first degree, rape in the first degree and rape in the third degree. He has pleaded not guilty to all of the charges.

Pamela Chelin contributed to this reporting.

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Harvey Weinstein is arguing for the dismissal of his New York rape case by citing an email in which he says his accuser declared her love for him and said she didn’t want to feel like a “booty call.”

Weinstein and his lawyer Benjamin Brafman said the grand jury that indicted Weinstein should have been shown the email and other messages, because they suggest a consensual relationship between Weinstein and the woman and “appear to contradict that [the accuser] ever believed she had been forcibly raped weeks earlier.”

The woman accuses Weinstein of raping her in 2013. An email that Weinstein said she sent him in 2017 read: “I love you, always do. But I hate feeling like a booty call. :).”

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According to Weinstein and his lawyer, the email suggests that the accuser wanted a deeper relationship.

“Although reflecting neither Mr. Weinstein’s words nor feelings, by using the term ‘booty call,’ the complaining witness appears to acknowledge the consensual, intimate nature of her relationship with Mr. Weinstein and perhaps, most importantly, signaled her desire for a fuller and more emotionally committed relationship. This evidence should not have been kept from the Grand Jury.”

Brafman’s filing said the email and other communications should have been presented to the grand jury because they might have made the grand jury less likely to indict.

“[Her] extensive communications and contact immediately following the now claimed forcible rape instead reflect a consensual, intimate relationship with Mr. Weinstein in an exchange of more than 400 warm, complimentary and solicitous emails with an alleged rapist for more than four years after the alleged rape, never once in those 9 communications claiming to have ever been harmed by Mr. Weinstein,” the filing reads.

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Weinstein, who’s been indicted on six counts including two counts of rape, said in the filing that the Manhattan D.A. “failed to provide the grand jury with exculpatory evidence of the long-term, consensual, intimate relationship between Mr. Weinstein and the alleged rape victim.”

Weinstein was indicted on six charges including predatory sexual assault, criminal sexual act in the first degree, rape in the first degree and rape in the third degree. He has pleaded not guilty to all of the charges.

Pamela Chelin contributed to this report.

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Harvey Weinstein is arguing for the dismissal of his New York rape case by citing an email in which he says his accuser declared her love for him and said she didn’t want to feel like a “booty call.”

Weinstein and his lawyer Benjamin Brafman said the grand jury that indicted Weinstein should have been shown the email and other messages, because they suggest a consensual relationship between Weinstein and the woman and “appear to contradict that [the accuser] ever believed she had been forcibly raped weeks earlier.”

The woman accuses Weinstein of raping her in 2013. An email that Weinstein said she sent him in 2017 read: “I love you, always do. But I hate feeling like a booty call. :).”

According to Weinstein and his lawyer, the email suggests that the accuser wanted a deeper relationship.

“Although reflecting neither Mr. Weinstein’s words nor feelings, by using the term ‘booty call,’ the complaining witness appears to acknowledge the consensual, intimate nature of her relationship with Mr. Weinstein and perhaps, most importantly, signaled her desire for a fuller and more emotionally committed relationship. This evidence should not have been kept from the Grand Jury.”

Brafman’s filing said the email and other communications should have been presented to the grand jury because they might have made the grand jury less likely to indict.

“[Her] extensive communications and contact immediately following the now claimed forcible rape instead reflect a consensual, intimate relationship with Mr. Weinstein in an exchange of more than 400 warm, complimentary and solicitous emails with an alleged rapist for more than four years after the alleged rape, never once in those 9 communications claiming to have ever been harmed by Mr. Weinstein,” the filing reads.

Weinstein, who’s been indicted on six counts including two counts of rape, said in the filing that the Manhattan D.A. “failed to provide the grand jury with exculpatory evidence of the long-term, consensual, intimate relationship between Mr. Weinstein and the alleged rape victim.”

Weinstein was indicted on six charges including predatory sexual assault, criminal sexual act in the first degree, rape in the first degree and rape in the third degree. He has pleaded not guilty to all of the charges.

Pamela Chelin contributed to this report.

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Harvey Weinstein Asks Judge to Dismiss Sexual Assault Case

Harvey Weinstein on Friday made a push to have a New York judge toss out the criminal sexual assault case brought against him.

Weinstein, who’s been indicted on six counts including two counts of rape, said in a lengthy court filing from his lawyer Benjamin Brafman that the Manhattan D.A. “failed to provide the Grand Jury with exculpatory evidence of the long-term, consensual, intimate relationship between Mr. Weinstein and the alleged rape victim.”

Weinstein and his lawyer continued to point to what they consider failures on the part of the District Attorney, saying that the office did not give adequate notice that it was presenting new, far more serious charges to the Grand Jury.

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The former Hollywood mogul is facing a six-count indictment stemming from a more than eight-month investigation by the D.A’s Office into alleged misconduct by Mr. Weinstein. The indictment alleges crimes of predatory sexual assault, criminal sexual act in the first degree, rape in the first degree and rape in the third degree.

Weinstein has pleaded not guilty to all charges.

Accusing the District Attorney of acting in “the face of outside pressure and political influences,” Friday’s filing says that the prosecutor likely presented the Grand Jury with an alleged rape victim “without presenting the actual and complete communications between the parties. This flawed presentation, we submit, knowingly allowed the Grand Jury to receive a materially incomplete picture of the evidence known to exist in this case, namely the long-term, consensual, intimate relationship between [the alleged victim] and Mr. Weinstein.”

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The filing continues, “What is apparent instead is that the prosecutors already knew that [the alleged victim] and Mr. Weinstein had a long-term, consensual, intimate relationship at the time of the alleged rape and that it continued for years after.”

However, the filing cites “extensive communications and contact immediately following the now claimed forcible rape” that “instead reflect a consensual, intimate relationship with Mr. Weinstein in an exchange of more than 400 warm, complimentary and solicitous emails with an alleged rapist for more than four years after the alleged rape.”

Those communications, according to the filing, include emails from the alleged victim to Weinstein reading, “[I] hope to see you sooner than[] later. . . .,” “It would be great to see you again, and catch up!” and “Miss you big guy.”

The filing also says that the alleged rape victim sent a number of emails to Weinstein that “could also be reasonably understood to reflect [the victim’s] intention that she wanted the relationship to be deeper,” including a February 8, 2017, email saying, “I love you, always do. But I hate feeling like a booty call. :).”

The filing goes on to argue that the only reason that the accusations are not bound by the five-year statue of limitations is because the prosecution alleges that Weinstein used “forcible compulsion,” but that Weinstein’s team believes “the evidence before the Grand Jury was insufficient to meet the required standard of forcible compulsion and therefore all of these charges must be dismissed.”

Weinstein, who was arrested in May 2018, has been accused of sexual misconduct by more than 80 women and faces possible life in prison for the charges against him in New York City.

He is also under criminal investigation in Los Angeles and London for additional accusations of misconduct. In addition, he faces several lawsuits, including a class-action RICO suit filed by several of his accusers, and a separate one filed by actress Ashley Judd, who accused him of sabotaging her career.

He has denied the accusations leveled against him.

Pamela Chelin contributed to this report

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Harvey Weinstein on Friday made a push to have a New York judge toss out the criminal sexual assault case brought against him.

Weinstein, who’s been indicted on six counts including two counts of rape, said in a lengthy court filing from his lawyer Benjamin Brafman that the Manhattan D.A. “failed to provide the Grand Jury with exculpatory evidence of the long-term, consensual, intimate relationship between Mr. Weinstein and the alleged rape victim.”

Weinstein and his lawyer continued to point to what they consider failures on the part of the District Attorney, saying that the office did not give adequate notice that it was presenting new, far more serious charges to the Grand Jury.

The former Hollywood mogul is facing a six-count indictment stemming from a more than eight-month investigation by the D.A’s Office into alleged misconduct by Mr. Weinstein. The indictment alleges crimes of predatory sexual assault, criminal sexual act in the first degree, rape in the first degree and rape in the third degree.

Weinstein has pleaded not guilty to all charges.

Accusing the District Attorney of acting in “the face of outside pressure and political influences,” Friday’s filing says that the prosecutor likely presented the Grand Jury with an alleged rape victim “without presenting the actual and complete communications between the parties. This flawed presentation, we submit, knowingly allowed the Grand Jury to receive a materially incomplete picture of the evidence known to exist in this case, namely the long-term, consensual, intimate relationship between [the alleged victim] and Mr. Weinstein.”

The filing continues, “What is apparent instead is that the prosecutors already knew that [the alleged victim] and Mr. Weinstein had a long-term, consensual, intimate relationship at the time of the alleged rape and that it continued for years after.”

However, the filing cites “extensive communications and contact immediately following the now claimed forcible rape” that “instead reflect a consensual, intimate relationship with Mr. Weinstein in an exchange of more than 400 warm, complimentary and solicitous emails with an alleged rapist for more than four years after the alleged rape.”

Those communications, according to the filing, include emails from the alleged victim to Weinstein reading, “[I] hope to see you sooner than[] later. . . .,” “It would be great to see you again, and catch up!” and “Miss you big guy.”

The filing also says that the alleged rape victim sent a number of emails to Weinstein that “could also be reasonably understood to reflect [the victim’s] intention that she wanted the relationship to be deeper,” including a February 8, 2017, email saying, “I love you, always do. But I hate feeling like a booty call. :).”

The filing goes on to argue that the only reason that the accusations are not bound by the five-year statue of limitations is because the prosecution alleges that Weinstein used “forcible compulsion,” but that Weinstein’s team believes “the evidence before the Grand Jury was insufficient to meet the required standard of forcible compulsion and therefore all of these charges must be dismissed.”

Weinstein, who was arrested in May 2018, has been accused of sexual misconduct by more than 80 women and faces possible life in prison for the charges against him in New York City.

He is also under criminal investigation in Los Angeles and London for additional accusations of misconduct. In addition, he faces several lawsuits, including a class-action RICO suit filed by several of his accusers, and a separate one filed by actress Ashley Judd, who accused him of sabotaging her career.

He has denied the accusations leveled against him.

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Disney Insurance Company Tells Court It’s Not Obligated to Pay Weinstein’s Criminal Defense

Steadfast Insurance Company, which covers Walt Disney Co., filed a complaint on Tuesday arguing that it “has no obligation to provide coverage” to disgraced former Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein in his criminal prosecution by the New York District Attorney’s Office.

Steadfast issued Disney an employment practices policy and now Weinstein’s attorneys are seeking reimbursement through that policy, according to the suit.

Weinstein was charged last month with two counts of rape and another count of a criminal sexual act stemming from two incidents in 2004 and 2013. Weinstein has been accused of rape, sexual assault or harassment by more than 80 women.

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The criminal sex act charge comes from a case involving aspiring actress Lucia Evans, who accused the Hollywood mogul of forcing her to perform oral sex on him during a meeting at his office in 2004.

The two rape charges stem from an unidentified accuser who accused Weinstein of keeping her against her will in a room at the DoubleTree Metropolitan hotel in midtown Manhattan in 2013.

Weinstein’s bail was set at $1 million cash after he was arrested in May, for which his lawyers are requesting reimbursement.

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Steadfast is seeking declaration from the court that the criminal proceeding is not within the scope of coverage and doesn’t trigger the agreements of the insurance policy.

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Steadfast Insurance Company, which covers Walt Disney Co., filed a complaint on Tuesday arguing that it “has no obligation to provide coverage” to disgraced former Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein in his criminal prosecution by the New York District Attorney’s Office.

Steadfast issued Disney an employment practices policy and now Weinstein’s attorneys are seeking reimbursement through that policy, according to the suit.

Weinstein was charged last month with two counts of rape and another count of a criminal sexual act stemming from two incidents in 2004 and 2013. Weinstein has been accused of rape, sexual assault or harassment by more than 80 women.

The criminal sex act charge comes from a case involving aspiring actress Lucia Evans, who accused the Hollywood mogul of forcing her to perform oral sex on him during a meeting at his office in 2004.

The two rape charges stem from an unidentified accuser who accused Weinstein of keeping her against her will in a room at the DoubleTree Metropolitan hotel in midtown Manhattan in 2013.

Weinstein’s bail was set at $1 million cash after he was arrested in May, for which his lawyers are requesting reimbursement.

Steadfast is seeking declaration from the court that the criminal proceeding is not within the scope of coverage and doesn’t trigger the agreements of the insurance policy.

Pamela Chelin contributed to this reporting.

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Harvey Weinstein faces new charges of sexual assault and rape, after three women on Friday filed a class action lawsuit against the disgraced former producer.

The lawsuit states that Weinstein isolated the women “in an attempt to engage in unwanted sexual conduct that took many forms: flashing, groping, fondling, harassing, battering, false imprisonment, sexual assault and attempted rape, and/or completed rape.”

The women said in the lawsuit that they were lured by Miramax or The Weinstein Company employees and isolated with Weinstein in his office and hotel rooms.

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One of the women, Caitlin Dulany, said in the lawsuit that in 1996, Weinstein assaulted, threatened, and falsely imprisoned her in her apartment in New York City. She also accused Weinstein of sexually assaulting, battering, threatening, and falsely imprisoning her again, several months later, in his Miramax hotel suite at the Cannes Film Festival.

Larissa Gomes, the second woman named in the lawsuit, said she met with Weinstein twice to discuss opportunities to work as an actor, singer, and dancer in Miramax films. On the second occasion, she accused Weinstein of imprisoning her in his hotel room, where he threatened, battered and assaulted her.

The third woman in the lawsuit, Melissa Thompson, alleges that during a pitch of a new marketing tool for TWC films and productions Weinstein sexually harassed her and subsequently sexually assaulted her.

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According to a release from the accusers’ lawyers, the suit highlights that at all times, Weinstein’s victims and those who met to discuss projects or audition for him “operated under duress and the threat of being blacklisted” by Weinstein and major producers at Miramax if they refused, or spoke up.

Lawyers for the women said in a statement that they are taking legal action against Weinstein, his former companies and other parties responsible for “facilitating Weinstein’s organized pattern of predatory behavior,” which they equated to an enterprise violating the RICO Act — the same law brought against members of the Mafia for organized crime.

The lawsuit names a host of individuals and businesses as being a part of what the lawyers called the “Weinstein Sexual Enterprise.” The list includes members of the TWC board, private intelligence agency Black Cube, private investigators Jack Palladino and Sara Ness of Palladino & Sutherland, casting directors and agencies, an unnamed freelance journalist, as well as reporters from — and the chief content officer, Dylan Howard — for National Enquirer publisher American Media Inc.

Pamela Chelin contributed to this report.

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Harvey Weinstein faces new charges of sexual assault and rape, after three women on Friday filed a class action lawsuit against the disgraced former producer.

The lawsuit states that Weinstein isolated the women “in an attempt to engage in unwanted sexual conduct that took many forms: flashing, groping, fondling, harassing, battering, false imprisonment, sexual assault and attempted rape, and/or completed rape.”

The women said in the lawsuit that they were lured by Miramax or The Weinstein Company employees and isolated with Weinstein in his office and hotel rooms.

One of the women, Caitlin Dulany, said in the lawsuit that in 1996, Weinstein assaulted, threatened, and falsely imprisoned her in her apartment in New York City. She also accused Weinstein of sexually assaulting, battering, threatening, and falsely imprisoning her again, several months later, in his Miramax hotel suite at the Cannes Film Festival.

Larissa Gomes, the second woman named in the lawsuit, said she met with Weinstein twice to discuss opportunities to work as an actor, singer, and dancer in Miramax films. On the second occasion, she accused Weinstein of imprisoning her in his hotel room, where he threatened, battered and assaulted her.

The third woman in the lawsuit, Melissa Thompson, alleges that during a pitch of a new marketing tool for TWC films and productions Weinstein sexually harassed her and subsequently sexually assaulted her.

According to a release from the accusers’ lawyers, the suit highlights that at all times, Weinstein’s victims and those who met to discuss projects or audition for him “operated under duress and the threat of being blacklisted” by Weinstein and major producers at Miramax if they refused, or spoke up.

Lawyers for the women said in a statement that they are taking legal action against Weinstein, his former companies and other parties responsible for “facilitating Weinstein’s organized pattern of predatory behavior,” which they equated to an enterprise violating the RICO Act — the same law brought against members of the Mafia for organized crime.

The lawsuit names a host of individuals and businesses as being a part of what the lawyers called the “Weinstein Sexual Enterprise.” The list includes members of the TWC board, private intelligence agency Black Cube, private investigators Jack Palladino and Sara Ness of Palladino & Sutherland, casting directors and agencies, an unnamed freelance journalist, as well as reporters from — and the chief content officer, Dylan Howard — for National Enquirer publisher American Media Inc.

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Russell Simmons Argues Jane Doe Complaint Should Be Dismissed For Falling Outside Statute Of Limitations

Def Jam founder Russell Simmons is asking a court to throw out a complaint filed by a woman identified as Jane Doe, who claims he raped her after a concert she attended in Sacramento with her elementary-school-age son.
Simmons calls the allegations “a work of pure fiction,” saying his accuser used “two of the most vile allegations possible” — threatening to molest her son before raping her — as a ploy to extract a large settlement.
In a response filed today in Los Angeles…

Def Jam founder Russell Simmons is asking a court to throw out a complaint filed by a woman identified as Jane Doe, who claims he raped her after a concert she attended in Sacramento with her elementary-school-age son. Simmons calls the allegations “a work of pure fiction,” saying his accuser used “two of the most vile allegations possible” — threatening to molest her son before raping her — as a ploy to extract a large settlement. In a response filed today in Los Angeles…

Russell Simmons Accused Of Rape In New Civil Suit Seeking $10 Million In Damages

A woman identified only as Jane Doe is suing Def Jam founder Russell Simmons for $10 million, alleging he raped her after a concert she attended in Sacramento with her elementary-school-age son.
In a suit filed today in Los Angeles Superior Court (read it here), the woman claims that Simmons approached her during the concert and invited her and her son to come backstage to meet some of the Def Jam artists. The music industry veteran extended an invitation for the woman to…

A woman identified only as Jane Doe is suing Def Jam founder Russell Simmons for $10 million, alleging he raped her after a concert she attended in Sacramento with her elementary-school-age son. In a suit filed today in Los Angeles Superior Court (read it here), the woman claims that Simmons approached her during the concert and invited her and her son to come backstage to meet some of the Def Jam artists. The music industry veteran extended an invitation for the woman to…

Russell Simmons Hit With $10 Million Rape Lawsuit

Russell Simmons is being sued for at least $10 million by a woman who alleges that Simmons threatened her son, then raped her, according to court papers obtained by TheWrap.

In the suit filed Friday in Los Angeles Superior Court, the anonymous California woman says she was chaperoning her son, at the time in elementary school, to a concert of rap and hip-hop acts associated with Simmons when the Def Jam Records co-founder approached her and invited the two backstage to meet the acts, after which Simmons invited the woman to an after party at the Clarion hotel.

After dropping off her son with a babysitter, the suit says, the woman went to a nightclub, then to the hotel. The woman said Simmons asked her to accompany him to his hotel room, where he had to get something.

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“She was reluctant, but Simmons insisted it was not an invitation to have sexual relations since he was dating a well-known model,” the suit reads.

Once in the room, the suit says, Simmons told the woman “I am going to f— you.” When the woman objected, according to the complaint, he responded, “I am going to f— you or I’m going to f— your son. You decide.”

After which, the suit says, “Simmons threw her on the bed and raped her.”

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According to the suit, at least one witness saw the woman leave the hotel room in tears, and the woman told several people about the incident.

Alleging forcible rape, as well as intentional and negligent infliction of emotional distress, the suit seeks damages “of at least $10 million.”

In a statement provided to TheWrap on Friday, Simmons said, “I vehemently deny all the allegations made against me. They have shocked me to my core as I have never been abusive or violent in any way in my relations with women. I have submitted myself to multiple lie detector tests. I denied forced sex and sexual harassment allegations brought against me in each test; I also answered no to the question, ‘Have you ever physically forced any woman to have sexual intercourse?’ I passed all of the lie detector tests.”

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Simmons has been accused of sexual misconduct by numerous women, including Jennifer Jarosik, who filed a $5 million suit against Simmons in January, saying that Simmons raped her in 2016 at his Los Angeles home in August 2016.

Simmons has denied the accusations against him.

Pamela Chelin contributed to this report.

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Russell Simmons is being sued for at least $10 million by a woman who alleges that Simmons threatened her son, then raped her, according to court papers obtained by TheWrap.

In the suit filed Friday in Los Angeles Superior Court, the anonymous California woman says she was chaperoning her son, at the time in elementary school, to a concert of rap and hip-hop acts associated with Simmons when the Def Jam Records co-founder approached her and invited the two backstage to meet the acts, after which Simmons invited the woman to an after party at the Clarion hotel.

After dropping off her son with a babysitter, the suit says, the woman went to a nightclub, then to the hotel. The woman said Simmons asked her to accompany him to his hotel room, where he had to get something.

“She was reluctant, but Simmons insisted it was not an invitation to have sexual relations since he was dating a well-known model,” the suit reads.

Once in the room, the suit says, Simmons told the woman “I am going to f— you.” When the woman objected, according to the complaint, he responded, “I am going to f— you or I’m going to f— your son. You decide.”

After which, the suit says, “Simmons threw her on the bed and raped her.”

According to the suit, at least one witness saw the woman leave the hotel room in tears, and the woman told several people about the incident.

Alleging forcible rape, as well as intentional and negligent infliction of emotional distress, the suit seeks damages “of at least $10 million.”

In a statement provided to TheWrap on Friday, Simmons said, “I vehemently deny all the allegations made against me. They have shocked me to my core as I have never been abusive or violent in any way in my relations with women. I have submitted myself to multiple lie detector tests. I denied forced sex and sexual harassment allegations brought against me in each test; I also answered no to the question, ‘Have you ever physically forced any woman to have sexual intercourse?’ I passed all of the lie detector tests.”

Simmons has been accused of sexual misconduct by numerous women, including Jennifer Jarosik, who filed a $5 million suit against Simmons in January, saying that Simmons raped her in 2016 at his Los Angeles home in August 2016.

Simmons has denied the accusations against him.

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Russell Simmons has proclaimed his innocence following numerous rape allegations leveled against him — but the NYPD apparently isn’t so eager to take his word for it.

A spokesman for the NYPD told TheWrap on Thursday that the department has received information regarding allegations against the music mogul in the New York City area, and that detectives are in the process of reviewing the information.

The review comes a day after the New York Times reported that three women had accused Simmons of rape — former Def Jam Records employee Drew Dixon, former music journalist Toni Sallie and performer Tina Baker. The three women said that Simmons raped them in separate incidents that spanned from 1988 to 2014.

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Wednesday’s report followed previous accusations made by actress and “Rachel Getting Married” screenwriter Jenny Lumet, as well as former model Keri Claussen Khalighi, who Simmons allegedly sexually assaulted when she was 17.

Simmons has denied the allegations, and on Thursday vowed to clear his name.

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“Today, I begin to properly defend myself. I will prove without any doubt that I am innocent of all rape charges. Today, I will focus on ‘The Original Sin’ (Keri Claussen), the claim that created this insane pile on of my #MeToo,” Simmons wrote.

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Russell Simmons has proclaimed his innocence following numerous rape allegations leveled against him — but the NYPD apparently isn’t so eager to take his word for it.

A spokesman for the NYPD told TheWrap on Thursday that the department has received information regarding allegations against the music mogul in the New York City area, and that detectives are in the process of reviewing the information.

The review comes a day after the New York Times reported that three women had accused Simmons of rape — former Def Jam Records employee Drew Dixon, former music journalist Toni Sallie and performer Tina Baker. The three women said that Simmons raped them in separate incidents that spanned from 1988 to 2014.

Wednesday’s report followed previous accusations made by actress and “Rachel Getting Married” screenwriter Jenny Lumet, as well as former model Keri Claussen Khalighi, who Simmons allegedly sexually assaulted when she was 17.

Simmons has denied the allegations, and on Thursday vowed to clear his name.

“Today, I begin to properly defend myself. I will prove without any doubt that I am innocent of all rape charges. Today, I will focus on ‘The Original Sin’ (Keri Claussen), the claim that created this insane pile on of my #MeToo,” Simmons wrote.

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Music mogul Russell Simmons, who has been besieged by accusations of rape by multiple women, vowed Thursday to clear his name.

In an Instagram post, Simmons said that he will “properly defend myself” and “prove without any doubt” that the accusations against him are false.

“Today, I begin to properly defend myself. I will prove without any doubt that I am innocent of all rape charges. Today, I will focus on ‘The Original Sin’ (Keri Claussen), the claim that created this insane pile on of my #MeToo,” Simmons wrote, referring to former model Keri Claussen Khalighi, who Simmons is accused of sexually assaulting when she was 17. Simmons has previously said that his encounter with the former model was “completely consensual.”

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Since that accusation, Simmons has also been accused of sexual misconduct by “Rachel Getting Married” screenwriter Jenny Lumet.

On Wednesday, the New York Times published a report in which former Def Jam Records employee Drew Dixon, former music journalist Toni Sallie and performer Tina Baker accused Simmons of raping them.

In a statement to the Times, Simmons denied the trio’s accusations, saying, “I vehemently deny all these allegations. These horrific accusations have shocked me to my core and all of my relations have been consensual.”

In Thursday’s social-media missive, Simmons said that he will focus on Lumet’s accusation on Friday.

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“Stay tuned! We’ll share information today… And tomorrow the case of Jenny Lumet. My intention is not to diminish the #MeToo movement in anyway, but instead hold my accusers accountable,” Simmons wrote. “#NotMe Again, this is not a movement against or even in conjunction with #Metoo . It’s just a statement about my innocence.”

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Music mogul Russell Simmons, who has been besieged by accusations of rape by multiple women, vowed Thursday to clear his name.

In an Instagram post, Simmons said that he will “properly defend myself” and “prove without any doubt” that the accusations against him are false.

“Today, I begin to properly defend myself. I will prove without any doubt that I am innocent of all rape charges. Today, I will focus on ‘The Original Sin’ (Keri Claussen), the claim that created this insane pile on of my #MeToo,” Simmons wrote, referring to former model Keri Claussen Khalighi, who Simmons is accused of sexually assaulting when she was 17. Simmons has previously said that his encounter with the former model was “completely consensual.”

Since that accusation, Simmons has also been accused of sexual misconduct by “Rachel Getting Married” screenwriter Jenny Lumet.

On Wednesday, the New York Times published a report in which former Def Jam Records employee Drew Dixon, former music journalist Toni Sallie and performer Tina Baker accused Simmons of raping them.

In a statement to the Times, Simmons denied the trio’s accusations, saying, “I vehemently deny all these allegations. These horrific accusations have shocked me to my core and all of my relations have been consensual.”

In Thursday’s social-media missive, Simmons said that he will focus on Lumet’s accusation on Friday.

“Stay tuned! We’ll share information today… And tomorrow the case of Jenny Lumet. My intention is not to diminish the #MeToo movement in anyway, but instead hold my accusers accountable,” Simmons wrote. “#NotMe Again, this is not a movement against or even in conjunction with #Metoo . It’s just a statement about my innocence.”

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Lawyers for ‘Girls’ Writer Accused of Rape Retract Claim His Accuser Demanded Money

Lawyers for “Girls” writer Murray Miller has retracted a claim that actress Aurora Perrineau, who accuses Miller of raping her was 17, only went to police after Miller refused to pay her a “substantial” amount of money.

Perrineau, a star of “Passengers” and the daughter of “Lost” star Harold Perrineau, filed a police report on Nov. 17 accusing Miller of raping her in 2012. The case received widespread attention because “Girls” star Lena Dunham accused Perrineau of lying, despite her support of other women who have come forward with assault accusations.

Dunham backtracked — just as Miller’s legal team is now doing.

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“In a previous statement to the media, we stated that Aurora Perrineau sought substantial monetary damages from our client, Murray Miller,” attorneys Donald and Matthew Walterstein told TheWrap in a statement Thursday. “Neither Ms. Perrineau nor her attorneys have ever made a demand for money. Our previous above statement was incorrect and the result of a good-faith misunderstanding.”

When Perrineau filed charges on Nov. 17 — as first reported by TheWrap — Matthew Walerstein issued the following statement:

After being contacted several weeks ago by lawyers who-on Ms. Perrineau’s behalf-sought substantial monetary damages from him, Mr. Miller’s legal team gathered overwhelming evidence directly contradicting these false and offensive claims. Only after her demands for money were rebuffed did Ms. Perrineau go to the police. Mr. Miller looks forward to sharing all evidence and information with any and all authorities seeking the truth in this matter.

When Perrineau came forward,  TheWrap obtained the results of a polygraph test that Perrineau said she passed in September in which she detailed her accusations against Murray.

She said in her statement for the polygraph test that she met Miller while out with some friends at the Standard Hotel, where she “consumed some alcoholic beverages.” She said he flirted with her despite her telling him repeatedly that she was 17. Miller was 35 at the time.

He later asked her friends to drive him home because he was drunk, and she “woke up in Murray’s bed naked,” she said in her statement for the polygraph test.

“He was on top of me having sexual intercourse with me. At no time did I consent to any sexual contact with Murray,” she said.

Dunham and “Girls” showrunner Jenni Konner then weighed in with a statement saying that “while our first instinct is to listen to every woman’s story,” they believed Perrineau had falsely accused Miller.

Dunham’s subsequent apology said it “was absolutely the wrong time to come forward with such a statement and I am so sorry.”

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Lawyers for “Girls” writer Murray Miller has retracted a claim that actress Aurora Perrineau, who accuses Miller of raping her was 17, only went to police after Miller refused to pay her a “substantial” amount of money.

Perrineau, a star of “Passengers” and the daughter of “Lost” star Harold Perrineau, filed a police report on Nov. 17 accusing Miller of raping her in 2012. The case received widespread attention because “Girls” star Lena Dunham accused Perrineau of lying, despite her support of other women who have come forward with assault accusations.

Dunham backtracked — just as Miller’s legal team is now doing.

“In a previous statement to the media, we stated that Aurora Perrineau sought substantial monetary damages from our client, Murray Miller,” attorneys Donald and Matthew Walterstein told TheWrap in a statement Thursday. “Neither Ms. Perrineau nor her attorneys have ever made a demand for money. Our previous above statement was incorrect and the result of a good-faith misunderstanding.”

When Perrineau filed charges on Nov. 17 — as first reported by TheWrap — Matthew Walerstein issued the following statement:

After being contacted several weeks ago by lawyers who-on Ms. Perrineau’s behalf-sought substantial monetary damages from him, Mr. Miller’s legal team gathered overwhelming evidence directly contradicting these false and offensive claims. Only after her demands for money were rebuffed did Ms. Perrineau go to the police. Mr. Miller looks forward to sharing all evidence and information with any and all authorities seeking the truth in this matter.

When Perrineau came forward,  TheWrap obtained the results of a polygraph test that Perrineau said she passed in September in which she detailed her accusations against Murray.

She said in her statement for the polygraph test that she met Miller while out with some friends at the Standard Hotel, where she “consumed some alcoholic beverages.” She said he flirted with her despite her telling him repeatedly that she was 17. Miller was 35 at the time.

He later asked her friends to drive him home because he was drunk, and she “woke up in Murray’s bed naked,” she said in her statement for the polygraph test.

“He was on top of me having sexual intercourse with me. At no time did I consent to any sexual contact with Murray,” she said.

Dunham and “Girls” showrunner Jenni Konner then weighed in with a statement saying that “while our first instinct is to listen to every woman’s story,” they believed Perrineau had falsely accused Miller.

Dunham’s subsequent apology said it “was absolutely the wrong time to come forward with such a statement and I am so sorry.”

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Danny Masterson has been written out of Netflix’s The Ranch amid rape claims

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Israeli Broadcasting Boss ‘Temporarily Stepping Aside’ After Rape Accusations

Alex Gilady, the president of Israeli media company Keshet Broadcasting, is stepping aside amid charges of sexual assault and rape leveled against him in recent days.

“I’m temporarily stepping aside from my position at Keshet until my innocence is proved.” said Gilady said in a statement first reported by Haaretz Wednesday. “I will fight to prove my innocence against these unsubstantiated claims. I reiterate that the allegations are false and I will take the necessary legal steps against these false accusations.”

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Three women have now come forward to accuse Gilady of rape in the 1970s and 1990s. Gilady has previously worked as an executive at NBC Sports and also sits on the International Olympic Committee.

Representatives for Keshet did not immediately respond to TheWrap’s request for comment.

The Haaretz reports describes the accounts in graphic detail.

One told Haaretz that Gilady raped her when he was her boss on a television project in the late ’70s. He had asked her to pick up some material from his house, she said, and they drove there together. But as soon as they entered, she related, he attacked her.

“He threw me on the sofa, removed my underwear and simply penetrated [me],” she alleged. “That’s it. Wham, bang, he penetrated and withdrew.” He then drove her back to the office. Today, she said, “I want to die when I think of it.”
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Alex Gilady, the president of Israeli media company Keshet Broadcasting, is stepping aside amid charges of sexual assault and rape leveled against him in recent days.

“I’m temporarily stepping aside from my position at Keshet until my innocence is proved.” said Gilady said in a statement first reported by Haaretz Wednesday. “I will fight to prove my innocence against these unsubstantiated claims. I reiterate that the allegations are false and I will take the necessary legal steps against these false accusations.”

Three women have now come forward to accuse Gilady of rape in the 1970s and 1990s. Gilady has previously worked as an executive at NBC Sports and also sits on the International Olympic Committee.

Representatives for Keshet did not immediately respond to TheWrap’s request for comment.

The Haaretz reports describes the accounts in graphic detail.

One told Haaretz that Gilady raped her when he was her boss on a television project in the late ’70s. He had asked her to pick up some material from his house, she said, and they drove there together. But as soon as they entered, she related, he attacked her.

“He threw me on the sofa, removed my underwear and simply penetrated [me],” she alleged. “That’s it. Wham, bang, he penetrated and withdrew.” He then drove her back to the office. Today, she said, “I want to die when I think of it.”
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Ed Westwick Says He’s ‘Cooperating With Authorities’ to Clear His Name Amid Rape Accusations

Ed Westwick wants to put the gossip to a stop — and he’s working with authorities to clear the air, along with his name.

“Gossip Girl” alum Westwick, who has been accused of sexual misconduct by two women, took to Twitter on Thursday to weigh in on the accusations, denying them and saying that he’s “cooperating with authorities” to set the record straight.

“It is disheartening and sad to me that as a result of two unverified and provably untrue social media claims, there are some in this environment who could ever conclude I have anything to do with such vile and horrific conduct,” the actor wrote via Twitter. “I have absolutely not, and I am cooperating with the authorities so that they can clear my name as soon as possible.”

Westwick was first accused on Monday by actress Kristina Cohen, who said in a lengthy Facebook post that Westwick forced himself on her three years ago, sexually assaulting her while she was napping at his house.

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“I was woken up abruptly by Ed on top of me, his fingers entering my body,” Cohen wrote.

“I told him to stop, but he was strong,” she continued. “I fought him off as hard as I could but he grabbed my face in his hands, shaking me, telling me he wanted to f– me. I was paralyzed, terrified. I couldn’t speak, I could no longer move. He held me down and raped me.”

Westwick subsequently denied Cohen’s accusation, tweeting, “I do not know this woman. I have never forced myself in any manner, on any woman. I certainly have never committed rape.”

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Westwick was accused by a second woman, Aurelie Wynn, via a Facebook post on Wednesday.

In her post, Wynn said that, in July 2014, Westwick attacked her after a late-night gathering at the actor’s residence.

“And like Kristina, I said no and he pushed me face down and was powerless under his weight. I was wearing a one piece bathing suit that he ripped, I was in complete shock,” Wynn wrote.

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Wynn went on to say that she informed her then-boyfriend, “Glee” actor Mark Salling, of the attack, but was dismissed by him.

“I told the guy I was seeing that I got raped, Mark Salling, and when he found out by who he pretended not to know him, then blamed me for it and broke it off with me,” Wynn wrote.

pic.twitter.com/n2gIWP582P

– Ed Westwick (@EdWestwick) November 9, 2017

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Ed Westwick wants to put the gossip to a stop — and he’s working with authorities to clear the air, along with his name.

“Gossip Girl” alum Westwick, who has been accused of sexual misconduct by two women, took to Twitter on Thursday to weigh in on the accusations, denying them and saying that he’s “cooperating with authorities” to set the record straight.

“It is disheartening and sad to me that as a result of two unverified and provably untrue social media claims, there are some in this environment who could ever conclude I have anything to do with such vile and horrific conduct,” the actor wrote via Twitter. “I have absolutely not, and I am cooperating with the authorities so that they can clear my name as soon as possible.”

Westwick was first accused on Monday by actress Kristina Cohen, who said in a lengthy Facebook post that Westwick forced himself on her three years ago, sexually assaulting her while she was napping at his house.

“I was woken up abruptly by Ed on top of me, his fingers entering my body,” Cohen wrote.

“I told him to stop, but he was strong,” she continued. “I fought him off as hard as I could but he grabbed my face in his hands, shaking me, telling me he wanted to f– me. I was paralyzed, terrified. I couldn’t speak, I could no longer move. He held me down and raped me.”

Westwick subsequently denied Cohen’s accusation, tweeting, “I do not know this woman. I have never forced myself in any manner, on any woman. I certainly have never committed rape.”

Westwick was accused by a second woman, Aurelie Wynn, via a Facebook post on Wednesday.

In her post, Wynn said that, in July 2014, Westwick attacked her after a late-night gathering at the actor’s residence.

“And like Kristina, I said no and he pushed me face down and was powerless under his weight. I was wearing a one piece bathing suit that he ripped, I was in complete shock,” Wynn wrote.

Wynn went on to say that she informed her then-boyfriend, “Glee” actor Mark Salling, of the attack, but was dismissed by him.

“I told the guy I was seeing that I got raped, Mark Salling, and when he found out by who he pretended not to know him, then blamed me for it and broke it off with me,” Wynn wrote.

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Marlee Matlin Accused William Hurt of Rape in 2010 Memoir

Marlee Matlin detailed the abuse she says she suffered at the hand of her former boyfriend William Hurt in her 2010 memoir, “I’ll Scream Later,” which recently resurfaced in a Daily Beast article.

Though the accusations seemed to be taken lightly by the media at the time, amid the many sexual harassment and assault allegations recently made in Hollywood, Matlin’s disturbing tale of her two-year relationship with the actor in the late ’80s takes on a new dimension.

In her book, Matlin said Hurt — her co-star from “Children of a Lesser God,” the film for which she won a Best Actress Academy Award — physically and emotional abused her.

In one particularly dark passage, Matlin described a night when Hurt raped her after coming home drunk around 4:30 a.m. while filming “Broadcast News.” The actress wrote that the Oscar-winner woke her up and “the next thing I knew he’d pulled me out of the bed, screaming at me, shaking me.”

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“I was scared, I was sobbing,” she continued. “Then he threw me on the bed, started ripping off his clothes and mine. I was crying. ‘No, no, no. Please Bill, no.’ The next thing I remember is Bill ramming himself inside me as I sobbed.”

Matlin detailed other disturbing incidents in her book, saying Hurt verbally attacked her on the night she won her Oscar in 1987. Matlin wrote that Hurt asked her, “What makes you think you deserve it?” while they were sitting in a limo after she became the first deaf actress to ever win an Oscar. “There are hundreds of actors who have worked for years for the recognition you just got handed to you,” he continued. “Think about that.”

Hurt (who was nominated for Best Actor that year) was the one to present Matlin’s category that night and used sign language to communicate her name, then kissed her, when she won.

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TheWrap reached out to a representative for Matlin for comment but did not hear back in time for publication.

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Marlee Matlin detailed the abuse she says she suffered at the hand of her former boyfriend William Hurt in her 2010 memoir, “I’ll Scream Later,” which recently resurfaced in a Daily Beast article.

Though the accusations seemed to be taken lightly by the media at the time, amid the many sexual harassment and assault allegations recently made in Hollywood, Matlin’s disturbing tale of her two-year relationship with the actor in the late ’80s takes on a new dimension.

In her book, Matlin said Hurt — her co-star from “Children of a Lesser God,” the film for which she won a Best Actress Academy Award — physically and emotional abused her.

In one particularly dark passage, Matlin described a night when Hurt raped her after coming home drunk around 4:30 a.m. while filming “Broadcast News.” The actress wrote that the Oscar-winner woke her up and “the next thing I knew he’d pulled me out of the bed, screaming at me, shaking me.”

“I was scared, I was sobbing,” she continued. “Then he threw me on the bed, started ripping off his clothes and mine. I was crying. ‘No, no, no. Please Bill, no.’ The next thing I remember is Bill ramming himself inside me as I sobbed.”

Matlin detailed other disturbing incidents in her book, saying Hurt verbally attacked her on the night she won her Oscar in 1987. Matlin wrote that Hurt asked her, “What makes you think you deserve it?” while they were sitting in a limo after she became the first deaf actress to ever win an Oscar. “There are hundreds of actors who have worked for years for the recognition you just got handed to you,” he continued. “Think about that.”

Hurt (who was nominated for Best Actor that year) was the one to present Matlin’s category that night and used sign language to communicate her name, then kissed her, when she won.

TheWrap reached out to a representative for Matlin for comment but did not hear back in time for publication.

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‘Game of Thrones’ Star Jason Momoa Grilled on Twitter for 2011 Rape Joke

“Game of Thrones” star Jason Momoa is feeling the heat on Twitter after a video surfaced of the actor saying he enjoyed working on the hit HBO show because he got to “rape beautiful women.”

Momoa made the comment at San Diego Comic-Con in 2011, where both the actor and a portion of the crowd got a laugh out of it.

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a horrific clip of jason momoa saying he loved working on #gameofthrones bc he “got to rape beautiful women.” men are trash. pic.twitter.com/K2RBmsWEt6

— elizabeth (@peeanofreek) October 12, 2017

The clip surfaced in the wake of the Harvey Weinstein scandal, where the dishonored Hollywood powerhouse has been accused by nearly 30 women of sexual misconduct.

Momoa’s “joke” hasn’t aged well, and Twitter users are now sharing their disappointment. Some have already wiped him off “the list.”

*crosses Jason Momoa off list* pic.twitter.com/SjhgGs2wB9

— perspiration ting. (@heyalyshahey) October 12, 2017

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King Crissle chimed in she should’ve known “Momoa was too fine to be worth a damn.”

I shoulda known Jason Momoa was too fine to be worth a damn. Wow. https://t.co/EmuqEsknzo

— king crissle (@crissles) October 12, 2017

Others wanted to know if the actor had to be on drugs to say something that dumb.

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What the fuck are you doing Steve Harvey?

Nene what the fuck were you thinking?

Are you smoking crack Jason Momoa?

— You Know My Name (@LookAtDustin) October 12, 2017

Twitter user “Monster King” got right to the point, saying the upcoming “Aquaman” star had “f—ed up royally.”

Jason Momoa has fucked up and fucked up royally. Why would you say that

— MonsterKing (@CerromeRussell) October 12, 2017

Fangirls who wanted to believe Momoa wasn’t “trash” ended up getting their hearts broken, according to one commenter.

Female fantasy fans to Jason Momoa: we wanted to believe you weren’t typical male trash. We wanted it so, so much. pic.twitter.com/jvRZr1tG5E

— Leigh Cuen (@La__Cuen) October 12, 2017

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What better way to share your disappointment than to post a meme of Denzel chucking his glasses down in anger. “Jason Momoa was too fine and perfect,” lamented one observer. “Knew there had to be something wrong. But damn it!”

Jason Momoa was too fine & perfect…knew there had to be something wrong. But damn it! pic.twitter.com/5OnwOjB91c

— Pettywise (@Mrknowitalll_) October 12, 2017

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“Game of Thrones” star Jason Momoa is feeling the heat on Twitter after a video surfaced of the actor saying he enjoyed working on the hit HBO show because he got to “rape beautiful women.”

Momoa made the comment at San Diego Comic-Con in 2011, where both the actor and a portion of the crowd got a laugh out of it.

The clip surfaced in the wake of the Harvey Weinstein scandal, where the dishonored Hollywood powerhouse has been accused by nearly 30 women of sexual misconduct.

Momoa’s “joke” hasn’t aged well, and Twitter users are now sharing their disappointment. Some have already wiped him off “the list.”

King Crissle chimed in she should’ve known “Momoa was too fine to be worth a damn.”

Others wanted to know if the actor had to be on drugs to say something that dumb.

Twitter user “Monster King” got right to the point, saying the upcoming “Aquaman” star had “f—ed up royally.”

Fangirls who wanted to believe Momoa wasn’t “trash” ended up getting their hearts broken, according to one commenter.

What better way to share your disappointment than to post a meme of Denzel chucking his glasses down in anger. “Jason Momoa was too fine and perfect,” lamented one observer. “Knew there had to be something wrong. But damn it!”

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