On December 1st, a lawsuit filed by an anonymous Ontario actress was served against disgraced Hollywood producer, Harvey Weinstein and Disney. She states that the assault took place when Weinstein’s production company was owned by Disney almost 20 years ago. Disney has denied any responsibility and stated that they intend to defend against the claims.
This isn’t the first time Disney has been caught up in a scandal like this; just recently, their animation chief, John Lasseter took a six month leave of absence over claims that he made staff feel “disrespected or uncomfortable” with “unwanted hugs.”
The actress is not named, as she is filing a publication ban to protect her identity, a move that her lawyer, Alex Smith calls a necessity to protect her from the “irreparable harm to her mental health” going public would ensue. Although her lawyer has been unable to physically hand the lawsuit documents to Weinstein (the actress’ lawyer stated that he is unable to be found), a judge ruled that it can still be considered served. Weinstein has not responded to her suit at this time.
The actress alleges that Weinstein exposed himself and “forced down her skirt” while physically restraining her wrists. She is one of more than 60 women to come forward with a story about Harvey Weinstein’s inappropriate conduct. Citing “mental distress, anxiety, depression, social isolation and feelings of guilt, worthlessness, and shame”, the unnamed actress is seeking “millions of dollars” from the defense.
The lawsuit is returning to the courtroom on December 15, which still gives Weinstein time to respond to the allegations.