Paz De La Huerta Takes Harvey Weinstein To Court For Rape And "Professional Retaliation"
Paz de la Huerta - the actress and model - is now suing Harvey Weinstein claiming that he raped her not once, but twice. As a result of his actions, she claims, she lost a role on HBO's Boardwalk Empire in which she starred for several episodes before eventually getting the ax.
Last year, De la Huerta was one of the many women who came forward with allegations regarding the disgraced Hollywood juggernaut. Other women to accuse Harvey of serious misconduct, and even rape, includes Asia Argento and Rose McGowan.
Previously, her charges were at the center of a New York investigation regarding Mr. Weinstein. Later, some of these charges were dropped.
In a civil suit filed today in the LA County Superior Court, the actress is also singling out the Four Seasons Beverly Hills, who she states was negligent by allowing someone like Harvey to rent out rooms for the sake of abusing women.
In a statement released on Tuesday, an attorney for Weinstein says her claims are bogus. Ben Brafman said that Harvey didn't give her the job for other obvious reasons, notably, that she is "unstable."
Brafman said she is an "unstable person with a vivid imagination." Huerta claims Mr. Weinstein raped her in a hotel room in December 2010 after a party celebrating Blue Valentine , released by The Weinstein Company. The movie stars Ryan Gosling and Michelle Williams.
According to the ex-model, Weinstein drove her home one night and insisted on coming to her apartment where he then raped her. And later that same month, Ms. Huerta claims he raped her again shortly before Christmas.
De la Huerta accused Harvey of coming to her house once again in New York and forcing himself on her property. She said he performed "unconsented vaginal intercourse" through his physicality.
In 2012, she lost her role on the show after a meeting between herself, Martin Scorsese, and Harvey Weinstein. Martin was an executive producer on the show at the time. Due to the date of her firing happening around the same time as the assault, Huerta believes Weinstein played a key role in this decision.