Harvey Weinstein ‘claims British ex-assistant suing him for £300,000 for psychiatric damage was instead traumatised by an ex’
- Weinstein, 67, is being sued by his ex-assistant who worked for his Soho firm
- She has accused him of sexual assaulting her in hotels in London and the US
- The individual has claimed the incident has left her with ‘psychiatric damage’
Shamed Hollywood movie executive Harvey Weinstein has claimed a British woman who has accused him of sexual assault was instead traumatised by her ex-partner.
Mr Weinstein is being sued by his ex-assistant who worked for his Soho, London firm for £300,000.
She has accused him of sexual assaulting her in hotels in London, the US and an unnamed ‘European City,’ as well as performing a sex act on himself in front of her.
The individual alleges the incident has left her with ‘psychiatric damage’, including PTSD and anxiety, as reported by The Sun.
Mr Weinstein (pictured in New York in April 2019) is being sued by his ex-assistant who worked for his Soho, London firm for £300,000
But lawyers acting for the 67-year-old producer have dismissed a medical report and blamed her ex-partner in papers filed at the High Court.
In addition they argue the woman is in need of ‘psychiatric treatment’ due to the ‘troubled relationship’ with her previous partner.
They also argue the sex act was ‘manifestly not an assault’, even if it ‘occurred as alleged.’
Weinstein, 67, fell from grace after more than 80 women, mostly young actresses and others in the movie business, accused him of sexual misconduct dating back decades.
His case helped launch the #MeToo movement, where dozens of powerful men in entertainment, politics and other fields were accused of sexual misconduct. Many lost their jobs.
The movie executive also faces a trial later this year in New York.
He has pleaded not guilty to criminal charges arising from his having allegedly forcibly performed oral sex on a woman in his apartment in 2006 and raped another woman in a New York City hotel room in 2013.
He has denied all allegations of wrongdoing.
The producer is also thought to have reached a provisional £35 million deal to pay off his alleged sexual misconduct claims in the US and the UK.