Dominique Huett, an actress and model, alleges that Weinstein lured her to his room at the Peninsula hotel in Beverly Hills in November 2010. She says she was there to discuss her career, but that Weinstein quickly insisted that she give him a massage. She initially refused, but he was relentless and she ultimately agreed. Weinstein then suggested that he perform oral sex on her, the lawsuit states.
“Again, Weinstein displayed persistence and would not take ‘no’ for an answer,” according to the suit. “Weinstein initiated and Plaintiff froze as Weinstein removed her clothing and performed oral sex on her. Weinstein performed oral sex on Plaintiff for several minutes. After performing oral sex on Plaintiff, Weinstein masturbated in front of Plaintiff until he reached orgasm.”
The lawsuit is the first to be filed since the Weinstein scandal broke three weeks ago, and could be the first of several. The Weinstein Company is already on the brink of collapse, with Colony Capital exploring a purchase of some or all of its assets in order to avoid bankruptcy. Deals have fallen apart in the wake of the scandal, leaving the company struggling to stay in business.
Ordinarily in California, a complainant in a sexual harassment suit would have to file with the Department of Fair Employment and Housing within a year of the incident.
Huett’s attorney, Jeff Herman, did not sue Weinstein. Instead, he filed against TWC, alleging a single count of negligence. The suit states that Huett only became aware of TWC’s complicity with the recent reports. Those included claims that the company was aware that Weinstein had reached confidential settlements with multiple women, and that the company had done little to nothing to prevent further incidents. Huett’s attorneys contend that she could not have known of the alleged pattern of misconduct until this month, and that therefore her suit should not be barred by the statute of limitations.
“Defendant was aware of multiple claims of sexual misconduct which were settled with the victims prior to the filing of suit. This knowledge was possessed by Defendant’s Board of Directors including, upon information and belief, Bob Weinstein,” the lawsuit states. “Prior to the incident involving Plaintiff, Defendant often aided and abetted Weinstein in the commission of his sexual misconduct. For example, female Weinstein Company employees were often used as ‘honeypots’ to lure his victims into a false sense of security.”
The Weinstein Company did not immediately respond to requests for comment.
“Any allegations of non-consensual sex are unequivocally denied by Mr. Weinstein,” his rep said.
Huett and Herman are expected to appear at a press conference in Los Angeles on Wednesday.