Longtime Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein, who has been accused by multiple women of sexual misconduct, faces new allegations that he sexually assaulted a minor, according to media reports.
A civil court filing from Wednesday alleges that Weinstein forced a 16-year-old Polish model, referred to in the filing as Jane Doe, to touch him inappropriately in 2002 at his New York City apartment, ABC News reports. The model was under the impression that they were meeting for a business lunch to discuss her career, but that Weinstein instead "aggressively and threateningly" pressed her for sexual favors.
"Terrified and struggling to hold back tears, Jane Doe said she would not and resisted his demands," the filing says, according to ABC News. "Jane Doe was a virgin, and had no intention or understanding when she agreed to a business lunch that she would be put in this alarming position."
"He then took off his pants and forcibly held Jane Doe while taking her hand and making her touch and massage his penis,” the filing says, per Fox News.
The filing also claims that Weinstein sexually harassed and emotionally abused the model for years following the incident.
A lawyer for Weinstein, Benjamin Brafman, rejected the allegations and characterized them as “preposterous.”
"Eventually, just as others have been exposed to be liars, this uncorroborated allegation that is almost 20 years old will be shown to be patently false," Brafman said, according to ABC News.
A series of accusations against Weinstein started last year when The New York Times reported on multiple settlements he had reached with multiple women over the span of several decades. He has been charged in New York and California.