A fresh lawsuit has been lodged against Harvey Weinstein. A former Polish model has now come forward with allegations that the Hollywood director sexually assaulted her when she was only 16-years-old.
Kaja Sokola had previously been known as “Jane Doe” in an earlier class action lawsuit. She is now removing herself from that suit and going public, motivated in part by news that Weinstein and his former film studio’s board have reached a wide-ranging settlement that includes a total of $25m for more than two dozen actresses and former employees who claim Weinstein sexually harassed them.
“I cannot accept the proposed ‘global settlement’ as fair or just. There is no accountability for the perpetrators, insufficient compensation for all of the victims, and millions of dollars going to people that I believe enabled Weinstein.
“Therefore, today I am filing my own case, in my own name, under New York’s Child Victims Act,” Sokola said in a statement.
Scores of women have accused Weinstein of sexual misconduct. He faces a 6 January criminal trial in New York on rape and sexual assault charges in state court, where he has pleaded not guilty. Weinstein has denied any non-consensual sex allegations by his accusers.
In the meantime, Hollyoaks actress, Lysette Anthony is one of around 80 women who claim they were harassed or sexually assaulted by Weinstein. She has now alleged that he raped her on two occasions, first in her London home and subsequently in a hotel during the Cannes film festival.