Harvey Weinstein has scored a small victory in court after a discrimination and harassment lawsuit filed against him by his former assistant was dismissed.
In a lawsuit filed in New York federal court last month (Jan18), Sandeep Rehal, who worked at The Weinstein Company from 2013 to 2015, alleged her ex-boss would grope her, call her derogatory names, use profane language towards her, and strip down naked in front of her.
Rehal also claimed Weinstein would threaten her job by telling her, “I am Harvey Weinstein and you are at Weinstein University. I decide whether or not you graduate.” And she alleged she would have to clean up used condoms and semen from his office.
Rehal was seeking unspecified damages, but according to the New York Post’s Page Six Manhattan federal court Judge Jesse Furman dismissed the lawsuit on Monday (26Feb18), because her lawyers were unable to prove the Southern District of New York had jurisdiction to hear the case.
However, the lawsuit can be filed in a different jurisdiction and attorney Genie Harrison is planning to refile it later this week (begs26Feb18).
More than 80 women, including Mira Sorvino, Rose McGowan, and Ashley Judd, have accused the disgraced studio boss of inappropriate behavior, assault, rape, and misconduct since exposes detailing his bad behavior were published in The New York Times and New Yorker last year (Oct17).
Weinstein has denied all allegations of non-consensual sex, but he had apologized for his past bad behavior and the way he has treated some people.
– Cover Media0