Wednesday, 17 April 2024
WorldJulia Ormond sues Harvey Weinstein for sexually assaulting her in 1995

Julia Ormond sues Harvey Weinstein for sexually assaulting her in 1995

British actress Julia Ormond sued The Walt Disney Company, the talent company CAA, the production company Miramax and Harvey Weinstein on Wednesday for sexual assault allegedly carried out by the former producer in 1995.

In the lawsuit filed before the New York Supreme Court, Ormond alleges that Weinstein, currently in prison, abused her after a work dinner and claims that CAA and Disney – owners of Miramax – knew of the producer’s behavior and did nothing. to protect her.

In the legal document obtained by the specialized media Variety, the “Legends of the Fall” or “First Knight” actress describes that Weinstein seduced her to give her a massage, climbed on top of her, masturbated her and forced her to perform oral sex.

According to his story, Ormond informed his then agents Bryan Lourd and Kevin Huvane – today co-presidents of CAA – of what had happened with the producer of “Pulp Fiction”, among other great hits, and they warned him not to speak and protected him. .

Neither Lourd nor Huvane are named as defendants, but they are mentioned repeatedly throughout the lawsuit as Ormond’s representatives at the time.

Ormond is suing CAA, one of Hollywood’s biggest talent agencies, for negligence and breach of fiduciary duty, and accuses Miramax, a company founded by Weinstein that acquired Disney in the 1990s, of negligent supervision and retention.

That last term refers to the fact of keeping an employee despite the company being aware of the potential harm it may cause to others.

Weinstein, 71, is currently serving a 23-year prison sentence for sexual assault in New York, and in February he was sentenced to an additional 16 years in Los Angeles.

Although the alleged assault happened almost 30 years ago, Ormond can take legal action thanks to the Adult Survivors Act, which New York passed in 2022 as a result of the #MeToo movement.

The wave of accusations against Weinstein began in 2015, when some actresses began to speak out about his abuse.

But Weinstein did not see his career collapse until October 2017, when The New York Times and days later The New Yorker magazine uncovered a history of sexual harassment perpetuated by the producer for decades.

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