A New York judge dealt disgraced movie mogul Harvey Weinstein a setback Tuesday, telling him that he must face a Netflix producer who has accused him of sexual assault and rape in court, and cannot delay her civil suit while his criminal prosecution is pending.
Judge Paul Engelmayer denied Weinstein’s attempt to dismiss Alexandra Canosa’s case. In court papers, Canosa accused Weinstein of rape, sexual abuse, intimidation and harassment “under the guise of conducting business meetings and promoting her career.”
She says one assault occurred in August of 2010 at the Tribeca Grand Hotel; she claims another occurred four months later at the Toronto Film Festival. Canosa says Weinstein then raped her in Malaysia while they were working on Marco Polo. Weinstein denies the allegations.
Furthermore, Canosa is naming The Weinstein Company in the case and is also alleging Weinstein’s actions violate sex trafficking statues because he flew her around on the company’s dime.
The judge ruled that there is a “symbiotic relationship between TWC and Weinstein, in which the companies affirmatively enabled and concealed Weinstein’s predations as a means of keeping him happy, productive and employable which led the companies to achieve fame and reap financial benefits.”
The judge did remove Weinstein’s brother Bob and other members of TWC’s board of directors from the suit.