Harvey Weinstein faces new rape accusation in a class-action lawsuit filed Friday


Harvey Weinstein in court

Harvey Weinstein exits the court room after his arraignment at Manhattan Criminal Court on May 25, 2018 in New York City. The former movie producer faces charges in connection with accusations made by aspiring actress Lucia Evans who has said that Weinstein forced her to perform oral sex on him in his Manhattan office in 2004. Weinstein (66) has been accused by dozens of other women of forcing them into sexual acts using both pressure and threats. The revelations of the his behavior helped to spawn the global #MeToo movement.(Photo by Stephanie Keith/Getty Images)

- A class-action lawsuit filed by three women against Harvey Weinstein Friday includes a new allegation of rape, just days after the former movie executive was indicted on first- and third-degree rape and first-degree criminal sexual act charges in New York City.

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Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr. announced the criminal indictment Wednesday, less than a week after Weinstein turned himself in to New York police and was arrested on sex crimes charges.

>>Related: Harvey Weinstein indicted on first-degree rape, other charges by New York grand jury, reports say

In the class-action lawsuit filed Friday, Melissa Thompson claims Weinstein raped her in his New York hotel room, where she was meeting with him about a marketing idea for his company in 2011, according to CNN.

Thompson also claims two attorneys who have represented Weinstein obtained evidence from her under false pretenses, according to the report.

The two other women named in Friday’s class-action suit accuse Weinstein of sexual assaults that allegedly took place in 1996 and 2000.

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