Disgraced movie mogul Harvey Weinstein assaulted woman in London's Savoy Hotel, suit says

Harvey Weinstein arrives at a New York court for the second day of his trial in January 2020.
Harvey Weinstein arrives at a New York court for the second day of his trial in January 2020.PHOTO: AFP

LONDON (BLOOMBERG) - Harvey Weinstein allegedly sexually assaulted one of his employees at London's luxury Savoy Hotel, according to details of lawsuits that shed light on some of the allegations the disgraced Hollywood mogul faces in Britain.

The allegations came to light in a hearing at London's High Court on Tuesday (Oct 5) where some of the alleged victims were given permission by a judge to withdraw claims against the 69-year-old.

A woman, who cannot be identified for legal reasons, said she was "summonsed to the hotel" where other people were asked to leave and she was left alone with Weinstein, who went on to sexually abuse her, according to court documents.

The documents also revealed a claim from another woman who alleged she suffered a number of assaults, including at least one in an unnamed London hotel.

No reason was given for the withdrawl of some of the claims.

The woman, who was employed by both the British and US entities of The Weinstein Company, said she was required to meet Weinstein at Heathrow Airport on his return to London. She then had to accompany him to a hotel where he removed his clothes and sexually assaulted her, her lawyers said in the documents.

Neither Weinstein or Miramax were represented in court on Tuesday. Weinstein's lawyers at Kingsley Napley and Miramax's attorneys at Latham & Watkins could not immediately comment.

Weinstein's New York-based spokesman could not immediately comment.

Arthur Aidala, a US-based lawyer for Weinstein, did not immediately return voicemail and email messages seeking comment.

Though Weinstein, who is serving a 23-year sentence after being convicted of rape by a New York jury, has faced multiple lawsuits in the US, far fewer cases have appeared publicly in Europe.

A London employment tribunal is considering a former employee's claim that he assaulted and harassed her last year.

In January, a lawyer for Weinstein lost a bid to dismiss claims that he sought confidentiality agreements to silence an employee who brought sexual assault claims.