Attorneys for the disgraced movie mogul are trying to find a loophole in the law to help Weinstein
22 Febrero 2018 17:33
Harvey Weinstein has zero shame.
The disgraced Hollywood mogul is asking a federal judge to dismiss a sexual assault lawsuit filed against him by six women because he says that even if what they allege did happen, none of it would be considered a sex act under the law, Buzzfeed reports.
Louisette Geiss, Katherine Kendall, Zoe Brock, Sarah Ann Thomas (Sarah Ann Masse), Melissa Sagemiller, and Nannette Klatt together filed a class action lawsuit on Dec. 6. The suit alleges Weinstein sexually assaulted them, with allegations ranging from forcible kissing, insisting on massages while naked, demands to see breasts, and asking to watch him masturbate.
The group also allege the producer's alleged misconduct was covered up by the Weinstein Company. They say that refusing Weinstein’s sexual requests led to a ‘credible and objective threat’ of being blacklisted by Weinstein and major film producers.
However, Weinstein's attorneys argue that a ‘sex act’ requires ‘contact between the penis and the vulva or the penis and the anus,’ or the penetration of the anal or genital opening of another by a hand, finger, or foreign object ‘with intent to abuse, humiliate, harass, degrade, or arouse or gratify the sexual desire of any person.’
‘Neither a kiss (Sagemiller), a hug (Thomas), being asked to give a massage (Brock, Klatt), being 'chased' around an apartment (Kendall), nor being asked to watch someone masturbate (Geiss) — even if those alleged events happened — constitutes a “sex act” within the sex trafficking statute,’ attorneys for Weinstein said.
The lawsuit comes after dozens of women came forward with allegations of sexual assault and harassment in the wake of articles published by the New York Times and the New Yorker.