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New accuser: Weinstein pulled out my tampon and forced oral sex

New accuser: Weinstein pulled out my tampon and forced oral sex”

Calling him "extremely persistent and physically overpowering", Mimi Haleyi on Tuesday accused the entertainment mogul of sexually assaulting her using force at his home in 2006. Her voice occasionally catching, she claimed Weinstein had "orally forced himself" on her after pinning her on to a bed and removing her tampon. "I told him, 'No, no, no, ' but he insisted", Haleyi recalled, reading from a prepared statement at a press conference with her lawyer, Gloria Allred.

"It's a civil case and one of her motivations is to kind of clean up Hollywood by holding the (Weinstein) company accountable for the casting couch, which would be a seismic shift in Hollywood", he said.

"Her allegation appears to be beyond the statute of limitations", Allred said of Haleyi.

"He wouldn't take no for an answer and backed me into a room which was not lit, but looked like a kid's bedroom".

She said she ran into the once-mighty mogul again in Cannes, France, in 2006 and agreed to meet him at his hotel to discuss possible job opportunities back in NY. She declined and left, feeling "humiliated and stupid" for having been excited about the meeting, she said.

Messing participated in the #MeToo movement that took social media by storm over a week ago, revealing to her 439k followers that she's experienced sexual harassment or sexual assault. Another incident occurred at Cannes Film Festival in 2006, when Weinstein allegedly asked her up to his hotel room and requested she give him a massage, which she declined.

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Herman again stressed his effort to change the Hollywood culture.

But Weinstein got in touch afterward and offered her a job on one of his TV productions in NY.

When he returned from Paris, Weinstein asked her to meet at his loft apartment in Soho. Another article from The New Yorker said that several women alleged he sexually assaulted them. The lawyer says "numerous" other women have contacted her as well. "So within those groups, definitely we shared our horror and just commitment to one another to do whatever we can to make sure that people are outed and that there is justice".

Haleyi claims Weinstein later came to her NY apartment and pleaded with her to come on a romantic-sounding trip to Paris. "I didn't think at that time that enough people were sharing their stories".

Actresses Rose McGowan, Asia Argento and Lucia Evans say Weinstein forced sex acts on them without consent.

Harvey's brother Bob Weinstein and the Board of Directors, it claims, knew of "Weinstein's propensity to engage in sexual misconduct" and of the "substantial likelihood for sexual misconduct" when Weinstein met with an aspiring actress in private.



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