NEW YORK (AP) — Julia Ormond, who starred in movies alongside the likes of Brad Pitt and Harrison Ford within the Nineteen Nineties earlier than her highlight pale, filed a lawsuit Wednesday accusing disgraced film producer Harvey Weinstein of sexually assaulting her in 1995 after which hindering her profession.
Ormond, who additionally accuses The Walt Disney Co., Miramax and her former brokers of figuring out Weinstein was an issue however doing nothing about it, filed the case in state Supreme Court docket in Manhattan beneath the Grownup Survivors Act, a legislation handed final 12 months that enables a short lived window for individuals who allege sexual assault to file previous the state’s regular deadlines.
In her swimsuit, Ormond says she was a star on the rise when she met Weinstein in 1994. She says she stored in contact with him to debate scripts and initiatives, and in 1995 entered right into a manufacturing settlement with Miramax, the place he was co-chairman. She accuses him of committing sexual battery in opposition to her in December 1995 after a enterprise assembly, after which retaliating in opposition to her and negatively affecting her profession after she confronted him weeks later.
The British actress says she instructed her U.S. brokers on the time, Inventive Artists Company, however acquired no assist and was suggested to not take any authorized motion or different steps. She accuses CAA, Disney and Miramax, saying that they knew Weinstein introduced a hazard to girls however did nothing to cease him or to assist her.
Based on the submitting, “none of those distinguished corporations warned Ormond that Weinstein had a historical past of assaulting girls as a result of he was too vital, too highly effective, and made them an excessive amount of cash.”
The lawsuit marks the primary time Ormond has publicly accused Weinstein of sexual assault. The Related Press typically doesn’t identify the alleged victims of sexual assault, however is on this case as a result of Ormond has spoken publicly about it, together with in an interview with Selection.
Weinstein, 71, was convicted of rape and sexual assault in New York in 2020 and is in jail within the state. Final 12 months, he additionally was convicted of one other rape in Los Angeles. He has appealed each convictions.
Weinstein lawyer Imran Ansari mentioned his shopper “categorically denies the allegations made in opposition to him by Julia Ormond and he’s ready to vehemently defend himself.”
Emails in search of remark had been despatched to CAA, Disney and Miramax.
Ormond’s movies embody “Legends of the Fall” with Pitt; “Sabrina” with Ford, and “First Knight” with Sean Connery and Richard Gere.
Dalton reported from Los Angeles.