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Actress Names Disney Executives in New Lawsuit against Harvey Weinstein

LOS ANGELES – American actress Paz de la Huerta filed a new lawsuit against disgraced Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein in which she also named two senior Disney executives for making decisions that harmed employees of the producer’s companies.

In November, De la Huerta had filed a lawsuit against Weinstein – who has been accused by dozens of women of sexual assault – in which she alleged that he raped her twice.

According to Hollywood media reports, in the new lawsuit, filed in the Los Angeles Superior Court, the actress included Disney’s former CEO Michael Eisner, as at the time that the two incidents allegedly took place, Miramax – which Weinstein founded and later left – was a subsidiary of Disney.

She also named current Dischairman Bob Iger as a defendant in her complaint.

According to the new lawsuit, Eisner and Iger “made a series of decisions that allowed a range of actions by Harvey Weinstein that unacceptably harmed certain employees of Miramax,” The Hollywood Reporter said.

The Walt Disney Company acquired Miramax in 1993 and sold it in 2010, although the Weinstein brothers left the studio in 2005 to found their own production company, The Weinstein Company, which closed due to bankruptcy following a wave of sexual abuse charges against the brothers in recent years.

The lawsuit also states that, following the Weinsteins’ departure from Miramax, Iger “made no effort to identify or remediate harms by Harvey Weinstein to current or former employees of Disney-Miramax.”

A Disney representative told Variety that the Weinsteins “operated and managed their business with virtual autonomy.”

De La Huerta, who is best known for her role in the HBO show “Boardwalk Empire,” had said in her earlier suit that she met the film mogul in 1999, when she was 14 years old and cast in “The Cider House Rules,” a drama produced by Miramax.

The actress alleges that a decade later, in October 2010, Weinstein offered her a ride home after a party (as they both lived in the same New York neighborhood), after which he entered her apartment and forced her to have sex with him.

According to her complaint, on Dec. 23 of the same year, Weinstein showed up again at her apartment and allegedly raped her a second time.

 

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