The attorney for the Italian actress and model who has accused Harvey Weinstein of raping her in 2013 says that she is relieved to finally tell her story.
“What happened to her is horrible and she is relieved to come forward now, but she’s also extremely scared, and rightfully so,” said attorney Dave Ring, in a press conference outside the Stanley Mosk Courthouse in downtown L.A.
The accuser, who has not been identified, was interviewed Thursday by detectives from the LAPD Robbery-Homicide division. The 38-year-old woman alleges that Weinstein raped her in her hotel room at Mr. C Beverly Hills in February 2013. She had met him once before, in Rome, and was in Los Angeles for the Los Angeles, Italia Film, Fashion and Art Fest.
Ring gave few additional details of the case, saying he did not want to jeopardize the investigation.
“He bullied his way into her room,” he said. “She has told me that obviously her greatest regret is opening that door. She had no idea what was coming.”
In an interview with the Los Angeles Times, the woman said that Weinstein quickly demanded to see her naked.
“He grabbed me by the hair and forced me to do something I did not want to do,” she told the Times. “He then dragged me to the bathroom and forcibly raped me.”
Weinstein has denied engaging in any non-consensual sexual encounters.
The statute of limitations for rape in California is 10 years, meaning that Weinstein could be prosecuted if sufficient evidence is found. Ring said his client did not consider reporting the incident to police in 2013, in part because she did not live in the U.S. at the time.
“She has no other purpose and reason other than she wanted to come forward and tell her story about what happened,” he said.
The LAPD confirmed Thursday that it is investigating the case, but had no further comment on Friday.
Weinstein was fired from the Weinstein Company following the publication of a New York Times expose detailing decades of sexual harassment allegations. More than 40 women have since come forward to allege that Weinstein sexually harassed or assaulted them.