A woman who filed a civil complaint last year accusing Harvey Weinstein of forcing her to have sex with him at the Peninsula Beverly Hills Hotel after threatening to derail her fledgling acting career has dropped her lawsuit.
Lawyers representing the plaintiff, identified only as Jane Doe, filed paperwork with the Los Angeles Superior Court last week, requesting that the case be dismissed “without bias,” which would allow her to resubmit the lawsuit in the future. to strain.
The documents do not explain why the prosecution has decided to drop its case against Weinstein at this point.
The 69-year-old disgraced movie mogul is currently serving a 23-year prison term in New York for raping and assaulting two women. In July, he was extradited to Los Angeles for an additional 11 counts of sexual assault and rape following incidents involving five other women between 2004 and 2013.
A woman known as Jane Doe had her lawyers file paperwork with the LA Superior Court last week in an effort to dismiss her civil suit against Harvey Weinstein (pictured in court in July)
Doe sued Weinstein in March 2020, accusing the disgraced movie mogul of sexual assault and violence as a result of an encounter in 2014 (pictured July 29)
Doe, the prosecutor who is now seeking the dismissal of her complaint, took Weinstein to court in March 2020, accusing him of sexual assault and violence in connection with a meeting that took place at the luxurious Peninsular Beverly Hills Hotel in 2014, reported Spectrum news 1.
The prosecution said she first met Weinstein at an event in Los Angeles in 2014, at which time the co-founder of the Miramax film studio bragged to her, then an aspiring actress, “I run Hollywood,” before she died. invited her to a meeting.
The complaint was about the claim that the actress and Weinstein would meet in the lobby of the Peninsula Hotel, but the Shakespeare in Love producer didn’t come down and invited her to his suite.
According to the lawsuit, Weinstein met the woman at the door wearing a belted bathrobe.
During their conversation, Weinstein reportedly referred to herself as the “King of Hollywood,” the actress said she would be “perfect” for several film projects, and urged her to be smart by being nice to the right people in the industry. .
Later, Weinstein apologized for going to the bathroom. The lawsuit said that when the woman heard the shower running, she left the hotel room.
The lawsuit alleged that Weinstein forced the plaintiff – an aspiring actress – to have sex with him at the Peninsula Beverly Hills Hotel (pictured) after threatening to blacklist her
Sometime after that first meeting, Doe complained that Weinstein had sent her a script for a movie and demanded a second face-to-face meeting at the same hotel.
When she went to Weinstein’s room for what the court said would be a business meeting, the producer met him again in a bathrobe.
This time, their conversation took on a menacing tone when the powerful film producer reportedly threatened to derail the actress’ career if she turned down his sexual advances.
“You know I can make you a star or I can call and you’ll never work again,” the suit quoted Weinstein as saying to Doe.
“She was afraid he would blacklist her and destroy her career,” the indictment said. “She was in a total daze, unwilling to please him but at the same time desperate to keep her career from being destroyed by a man who was fully capable of it.”
Weinstein was found guilty of a first-degree criminal sexual act and third-degree rape in February 2020 (photo February 24, 2020 in Manhattan Criminal Court)
Doe said she felt cornered and subject to Weinstein’s demands. The lawsuit alleged that the married father of five had him call him “King” during their sexual encounter and repeatedly promised to “take care of her.”
The woman claimed in the complaint that she left the hotel suite “in shock.” After meeting the married film producer, she fell into depression, had a nervous breakdown, started losing her hair and had not been in a relationship with a man for over five years.
Weinstein was found guilty of a first-degree criminal sexual act and third-degree rape in February 2020, while acquitted of predatory assault.
He was convicted of raping ex-actress Jessica Mann in 2013 and of forcibly performing oral sex on former production assistant Mimi Haleyi in 2006.
Weinstein was extradited to Los Angeles in July to face 11 rape and sexual assault charges
Nearly 90 women, including Angelina Jolie and Salma Hayek, have leveled accusations of sexual misconduct against Weinstein.
In mid-August, a Los Angeles judge dismissed one of 11 charges against Weinstein because the sexual assault charges stemming from a 2010 incident at a Beverly Hills hotel were too old and out of statute of limitations.
Two weeks later, prosecutors filed an amended grand jury indictment against Weinstein for the third time. He has already pleaded not guilty to all 11 charges.
Weinstein is due to appear in court again on September 20 for a hearing. If convicted on the new charges, he could face up to 140 years in prison.