German actress files lawsuit against Harvey Weinstein alleging he raped her in 2006 at the Cannes Film Festival
- Actress Emma Loman claims Harvey Weinstein raped her 12 years ago
- German actress says the sexual assault took place at the Cannes Film Festival
- She is suing for assault, human trafficking, battery and false imprisonment
- Weinstein accused by dozens of women of sexual misconduct, assault and rape
A German actress has filed a lawsuit against Harvey Weinstein alleging the disgraced movie mogul raped her in 2006 at the Cannes Film Festival.
Emma Loman says in a complaint filed in Los Angeles that she met Weinstein in 2004 at the Venice Film Festival and he later invited her to Cannes as his guest to discuss her career.
The model-turned-actress says she was initially hesitant to accept the invitation, but Weinstein was persistent, with his assistant calling Loman up to 30 times a day.
German actress Emma Loman is suing Harvey Weinstein, pictured here at his arraignment in New York in July, accusing him of having raped her in 2006 at the Cannes Film Festival
Loman says she finally relented and found Weinstein to be very professional during several meetings.
That changed, however, after he lured her to his hotel suite, presumably to discuss possible acting roles in some of his films, the lawsuit states.
‘Upon arriving at Weinstein’s suite… Weinstein quickly dropped his professional demeanor. He instead overpowered Loman and raped her,’ according to the lawsuit.
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It adds that the 66-year-old former Hollywood titan subsequently made it clear to Loman that he could ruin her career if she came forward.
‘Fearful both that no one would believe her and the potential retaliation from such a powerful figure, Loman stayed silent,’ the lawsuit says.
‘It was only upon the late 2017 revelation of the scope of Weinstein’s wrongful actions… that Loman felt safe coming forward to seek redress for Weinstein’s rape of her.’
Ms Loman says she had been invited by Weinstein to the Cannes Film Festival, the mogul is pictured there with Sarah Jessica Parker in 2011, to ‘discuss her career’ and that he then lured her to his hotel suite where he overpowered her and raped her
Loman is suing Weinstein for assault, violation of human trafficking laws, battery and false imprisonment.
Weinstein has been accused by dozens of women of a litany of sexual misconduct ranging from harassment to rape.
He is out on bail and has pleaded not guilty in New York to six counts allegedly committed against three women in 2004, 2006 and 2013. The next hearing in the case is scheduled for September 20.
The allegations against the once-powerful movie mogul spurred the #MeToo movement that saw women worldwide speak up against sexual harassment and assault.
Weinstein’s agent did not immediately respond to requests for comment in relation to Loman’s lawsuit.
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