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‘Big name’ celebrity accused of raping personal assistant

A big name celebrity has been accused of raping his personal assistant and exposing her to HIV.

The alleged victim filed a lawsuit suing the man after claiming her boss sexually assaulted her while she was still working for him, according to TMZ.

According to the case, the woman – known by the alias of Jane Doe and the man as David Doe to protect their identities – claims her attacker spat on her and refused to wear a condom when he forced himself upon her.

A huge celebrity has been accused of raping his personal assistant and exposing her to HIV (file image)

Sources connected to the case told TMZ the accused was a big celebrity, but did not elaborate. 

Jane Doe, not her real name, has been described as a ‘vulnerable single mother’ and David Doe, also a fake name, is said to have ‘leveraged his power’ over her, she claims. 

During the alleged attack, he is said to have made her engage in unwanted rough sex and laughed at her when she protested. 

David Doe is also accused of spitting on his alleged victim and threatening to rape her again.

Documents relating to the case state the man refused to wear contraception, according to TMZ, which meant the alleged victim was exposed to HIV.

One of the man’s previous sexual partners is said to have tested positive and Jane Doe said after her ordeal David Doe told her she should get screened for the virus.

If proved to be true, it would be the latest – and most shocking – sexual assault allegation to rock Hollywood this year. 

Harvey Weinstein checked himself into rehab after a slew of sexual assault and harassment allegations were made against him. 

The next big celebrity to be accused was Kevin Spacey, who was accused of being predatory towards young men especially during his time as artistic director of The Old Vic theater in London. 

Harvey Weinstein checked himself into rehab after a slew of sexual assault and harassment allegations were made against him

Just five days ago the LAPD said it has 28 open sex-crime investigations linked to Hollywood and the media, and that it expects more will come.

As well as the investigations it currently has open, the force has also passed on 37 cases to other jurisdictions where it believes the crimes may have occurred.

‘We anticipate the LAPD and other jurisdictions will receive even more high profile sex crime reports in the coming weeks and months,’ Police Chief Charlie Beck told the LA Times.

‘We encourage all victims of sexual assault to come forward to report these crimes.’ 

Beck said that his department is committed to investigating all cases of sexual assault.

To that end, they have opened up two teams of five detectives each, with cold-case investigators on board to help look into historical accusations.

Kevin Spacey, who has been accused of sexual harassment 

However, he noted that some – such as Corey Feldman’s claim that he was sexually abused by two adults while a child actor – had passed the statute of limitations.

However, he thanked Feldman for coming forward, and asked others who believe that they have been affected to do the same.

‘We recognize the significant trauma these victims suffer at the hands of the predators who commit these heinous crimes,’ Beck said

‘Our detectives are coordinating closely with our local prosecutors and other police agencies including the NYPD.

‘The high profile nature of these particular cases has not changed our unyielding commitment to seek justice for ALL victims of sexual assault.’

Los Angeles County District Attorney Jackie Lacey has also announced this month that veteran sex crimes prosecutors will examine the cases put to them by the LAPD.

Hollywood has been abuzz with sex crime allegations since an investigation into eight claims of sexual harassment and assault against Harvey Weinstein snowballed.

More than 50 women have now come forward with claims about Weinstein, with allegations ranging from sexual harassment to rape.

Weinstein is one of those on the LAPD’s books, but he has been joined by a number of other figures as others, emboldened by the high-profile case, have come forward.

Among the others being investigated are Gossip Girl star Ed Westwick, who is accused of raping two actresses and sexually assaulting a third; and Girls writer Murray Miller, who is accused of sexually assaulting an actress.

Hollywood agent Tyler Grasham is also on the books, having been accused of sexually assaulting three men, trading sex for favors with a fourth, and asking a 16-year-old boy to be his boyfriend.

No laughing matter: Matt Lauer (above in 2014 at the Sochi Olympics) is accused of sexually harassing a number of female employees, who detailed their alleged encounters with the Today host in Variety

Cartoon villain: Lauer reportedly had a button under his desk at 30 Rock (above) that allowed him to lock the door while inside the office. A woman said that she had sex with the anchor in 2001 until she passed out, and eventually woke up on his floor with her pants down 

More recently, a married NBC staffer claimed she woke up in Matt Lauer’s office with her pants halfway down her legs after having sex with the anchor until she passed out.

The woman told The New York Times that the longtime Today Show host’s assistant had to take her to see a nurse after the alleged encounter in 2001.

The former employee, who was in her 40s at the time, said Lauer first made advances towards her while covering a story away from their New York headquarters in the late 1990s.

Her revelations came hours before Lauer made a grovelling apology for the ‘hurt and pain’ his actions had caused, admitting there was ‘enough truth’ in the claims made against him.

‘There are no words to express my sorrow and regret for the pain I have caused others by words and actions. To the people I have hurt, I am truly sorry’, he said.

The former employee described moving away from Lauer during a car journey to the airport because he was sitting ‘uncomfortably close’, to which he apparently replied: ‘You’re no fun’.

Then, in 2001, she claims the married Lauer summoned her to his office at 30 Rock in New York to discuss work. She says he then used a button under his desk to lock the door and then told her to unbutton her blouse.

She said the veteran broadcaster then stepped out from behind his desk, pulled out a chair, bent her over, and started having sex with her until she fell unconscious.

The woman told The Times she woke up a while later on the floor of his office with her pants halfway down her legs, prompting his assistant to take her to seek medical attention.

The ex-staffer, who has not been named, is one of a string of women who have come forward accusing Lauer of sexual misconduct.

She did not tell NBC about the alleged incident at the time because she thought she could have done more to stop Lauer’s actions, and she left around a year later.

NBC executives fired Lauer on Tuesday night soon after they saw a string of lewd messages and explicit photos he sent an intern during the Sochi Olympics, reports suggest.

His departure was announced by visibly-shaken co-hosts Savannah Guthrie and Hoda Kotb on Wednesday morning, and a number of explosive stories on his alleged conduct during his time at the Rockefeller Center quickly followed. 



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