Harvey Weinstein scandal: New accuser set to come forward Wednesday

Harvey Weinstein scandal: New accuser set to come forward Wednesday

Another woman said Tuesday that movie mogul Harvey Weinstein sexually assaulted her. Mimi Haleyi, represented by attorney Gloria Allred, said he lured her to a SoHo loft in 2006, where he backed her into what seemed to be a children's bedroom, and forcibly performed oral sex on her.

Harvey Weinstein wouldn't take no for an answer when a NY production assistant rejected his sexual advances and told him she was menstruating, she said Tuesday.

Huett, appearing with her attorney Jeff Herman, reiterated the story that she shared in her lawsuit earlier this week, and said she had first met Weinstein a few years prior to the incident in NY, when she rebuffed him when he asked if she had a boyfriend.

A lawsuit alleges that the Weinstein Company failed in their duty to protect the women who came in contact with the producer.

While being allegedly assaulted by Weinstein, Mimi says she told him that she was on her period - thinking it would get him off of her - but her attempt to halt the alleged assault only made matters worse. "I remember Harvey rolling over and saying, 'Don't you feel like we're so much closer now?"'

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Huett's story, according to her lawsuit, is that she met with Weinstein at the bar at the hotel where he was living to discuss her career aspirations. A few days later, at his office, they spoke again, and he offered her a ride home, along with his assistant. "I didn't know how to say no to someone like him at the time, which I regret", she said. "So within those groups, definitely we shared our horror and just commitment to one another to do whatever we can to make sure that people are outed and that there is justice".

If true, that would be a crime but Allred suggested it might fall outside the statute of limitations in NY. I tried to get him off of me and kept asking him to stop but it was impossible.

"I would not have wanted anyone to do that to me, even if that person had been a romantic partner", said Haleyi. He said that Huett's story "at a minimum" was sexual harassment. "By that time, I was crying, as I felt completely humiliated and stupid for having been excited about meeting with him".

She warned, "As long as we suspect female actors of being somehow complicit in their own victimization, as willing participants in their own humiliation, we shame the victim and enable the culture of silence that allows predators to act with impunity".

More than 40 women have accused Weinstein of inappropriate behavior, ranging from sexual harassment to rape, since The New York Times first published an article exposing decades of Weinstein's alleged misdeeds.

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