New York: A woman who testified against Hollywood magnate Harvey Weinstein against dereliction of duty and imprisonment filed a lawsuit against him on Friday, demanding compensation for what she calls lasting injury.
Miriam Haley filed a lawsuit in Manhattan Federal Court for unspecified compensation for the sexual assault described in her witness testimony in the Weinstein trial earlier this year. When she first told her story publicly, she used the name Mimi Haleyi.
After being convicted of rape and sexual assault on two women in February, Weinstein is serving 23 years in the highest security prison near Buffalo.
In California, Weinstein is awaiting trial on allegations including rape, forced oral sex, restrained sexual assault, and use of force for sexual assault. This statistic involves 5 women and these crimes originated from incidents in Los Angeles and Beverly Hills between 2004 and 2013.
Haley, a former “Project Runway” production assistant, said in the lawsuit that she repeatedly told Weinstein “no” when he forcibly attacked her inside his apartment in July 2006.
She said that he forced himself to obey her verbal, which made her feel fear, humiliation and constant pain.
Weinstein’s spokesperson, Juda Engelmayer, said it was clear that Hailey and others “made up these dishonest allegations and paved the way for civil damage claims.”
He said that the filing of the lawsuit now allows Hai Li to state in court that she did not seek financial compensation for Weinstein in any civil case.
“I guess that was just another stage and another act. At least the truth is finally being uncovered,” Engelmayer said.