The actress Julia Ormond, identified for “Legends of the Fall” and “Sabrina,” accused Harvey Weinstein of sexual battery in a lawsuit filed on Wednesday in a New York courtroom, claiming that the previous movie producer compelled her to provide him oral intercourse throughout a enterprise assembly in 1995.
Ms. Ormond additionally sued Inventive Artists Company, which represented her on the time, saying within the criticism that two of its senior brokers cautioned her from talking out — and knowledgeable her of the “going price” for settlements paid to ladies who accused Mr. Weinstein of intercourse crimes. She mentioned the sum was $100,000.
Mr. Weinstein, now 71, was convicted in 2020 by a New York jury on fees of rape and prison sexual assault and sentenced to 23 years in jail. He was later convicted of comparable crimes in Los Angeles and sentenced to 16 years, to be served after his New York time period. Mr. Weinstein has denied the claims in opposition to him, saying all encounters had been consensual, and is interesting each convictions.
“Harvey Weinstein categorically denies the allegations made in opposition to him by Julia Ormond, and he’s ready to vehemently defend himself,” Imran H. Ansari, a lawyer for Mr. Weinstein, mentioned in a press release. Mr. Ansari added that her lawsuit was “one more instance of a criticism filed in opposition to Mr. Weinstein after the passing of a long time.”
CAA didn’t reply to requests for remark. Attorneys for Ms. Ormond mentioned her criticism was the primary to sue the highly effective company for what the go well with claims was its function in overlaying up and enabling Mr. Weinstein’s conduct.
Ms. Ormond’s criticism, filed in New York Supreme Courtroom, additionally named the Walt Disney Firm and Miramax, which Disney owned from 1993 to 2010. Ms. Ormond claimed the businesses additionally knew about Mr. Weinstein’s predation and failed to guard her from him.
Disney declined to remark. Miramax, now owned partly by Paramount World, didn’t reply to requests for remark.
In accordance with the criticism, CAA secured a two-year manufacturing deal between Ms. Ormond and Miramax. She claims that Mr. Weinstein sexually assaulted her in 1995 after a enterprise dinner. In accordance with the go well with, Mr. Weinstein mentioned he would focus on a undertaking she was curious about solely on the house that Miramax had offered for Ms. Ormond as a part of her deal.
On the house, the go well with mentioned, Mr. Weinstein stripped bare and compelled Ms. Ormond to provide him oral intercourse.
Afterward, Ms. Ormond instructed her brokers, Bryan Lourd, now the chief govt of CAA, and Kevin Huvane, now a co-chairman of the company, about what had occurred, in accordance with the criticism.
“Slightly than take Ormond’s facet and advocate for her curiosity, they urged that if she reported Weinstein to the authorities, she wouldn’t be believed, and he would critically injury her profession,” the criticism mentioned.
Ms. Ormond didn’t pursue additional motion, the criticism mentioned, however Mr. Weinstein terminated her contract at Miramax. CAA additionally transferred her to a youthful, much less skilled agent, diminishing her profession potential, the lawsuit mentioned.
In a press release, Ms. Ormond mentioned her lawsuit was a “strategy to make clear how highly effective individuals and establishments like my expertise brokers at CAA, Miramax and Disney enabled and offered cowl for Weinstein to assault me and numerous others.”