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Harvey Weinstein accused of rape in new class-action lawsuit
A class-action lawsuit filed by three women on Friday accuses disgraced Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein of an additional rape allegation after his indictment for rape and sexual crimes this week.
The lawsuit, first reported by Variety, includes an allegation by one woman that Weinstein raped her in his office when she was there to pitch a business proposal.
The suit comes after Weinstein entered a not guilty plea following a New York grand jury's indictment on Thursday that included two counts of rape and one criminal sexual act.
A second plaintiff says Weinstein sexually assaulted her in 1996 at the Cannes film festival in France, where at least two other women have said the director harassed them in the past.
The third woman said Weinstein tried to forcibly kiss her in his hotel room, claims similar to those shared by many of the dozens of women who have accused him of sexual misconduct.
Weinstein's lawyer Benjamin Brafman, who said the jury's indictment this week "does not add anything to the case we did not already know," has yet to publicly react to the new lawsuit.
The lawsuit reportedly names Weinstein, board members from his now-defunct production company and the Miramax film company as defendants.
Weinstein could face up to 25 years in prison if found guilty on the standing charges.