Two more women are accusing Harvey Weinstein of rape, bringing the number to more than 50 alleged victims. The first new accuser is Mimi Haleyi, who announced her story in a press conference with attorney Gloria Allred by her side.
Haleyi goes into graphic detail while describing her run in with Weinstein happened at his New York apartment. "He held me down on the bed," Haleyi claims. "I tried to get away, tried to get him off me, and kept asking him to stop but it was impossible. He was extremely persistent and physically overpowering." She says she was adamant about not wanting anything to happen between the two of them and even mentioned she was menstruating. According to Haleyi, that didn't stop Weinstein.
Allred says Haleyi hasn't reported the incident to the New York Police Department yet. Considering New York did away with the statute of limitations for first-degree criminal sex act, it's possible Weinstein could face charges were Haleyi to press charges.
In a separate legal filing, aspiring New York actress Dominique Huettalso accuses Weinstein of sexual assault. Much like other stories, Huett claims she was lured to his room at the Peninsula Hotel in Beverly Hills in November 2010 under the guise of a business meeting. He appeared in a robe and asked for a massage, she declined.
- She says that then, Weinstein "demanded" she comply and ended up performing oral sex on her, at which point Huett "froze." "Unfortunately, what happened to her is what happens to (lots) of women in that situation," Huett's lawyer explains. "It's like an out-of-body experience, a paralysis, like an animal playing dead when it's attacked."
- Huett's lawsuit names The Weinstein Company as the sole defendant because according to her, they had "actual knowledge of Weinstein's repeated acts of sexual misconduct" and knowingly "aided and abetted" his predatory behavior.
Source: New York Daily News