Quite a few of the allegations against human-shaped nightmare Harvey Weinstein happened outside the statute of limitations. But some didn’t, like those from Paz de la Huerta. In November, Paz came forward with two allegations of rape, and was working with the NYPD. Now Paz has decided to take it one step further by filing a lawsuit against Harvey.
Paz alleged that Harvey, who she’s known since she was 14, took her home from a NYC Bar in 2010. Once at her apartment, Harvey allegedly raped her. Paz alleges that Harvey would call her incessantly and would show up unannounced at hotels and her apartment. During once such occasion later in 2010, Paz and Harvey allegedly got into an argument in her apartment lobby, which then moved into her apartment at Harvey’s alleged suggestion. Once inside, Paz claims she was raped again.
In May, Harvey turned himself in to police and faced several counts of sexual assault and rape, although it appeared that none had stemmed from Paz’s allegations. But Paz is still seeking justice. TMZ says that Paz filed a lawsuit on Monday against Harvey for pretty much exactly what she accused him of last year, which is two alleged rapes, with an addition of alleged lost wages.
Paz claims in the lawsuit that one of the more important parts of her story is that she was very drunk during the second alleged encounter. According to Paz, Harvey called her and told her he’d be waiting for her at her apartment. That allegedly caused Paz to decide to finally confront him about their first alleged encounter, which led to her drinking heavily on her way home. Once there, she believes she was too drunk to consent to anything.
That wasn’t the end of their awful alleged run-ins. Paz says in her lawsuit that in 2011, she was invited to Harvey’s hotel room at the Four Seasons in Beverly Hills. While there, Harvey allegedly opened his robe and exposed himself, and invited Paz into a threesome with himself and a naked woman who was present in the room. Paz claims in the lawsuit that she said no, and got the hell out. Paz believes that telling him “No” in that hotel room was the reason for why she was let go from Boardwalk Empire in 2012. She also believes that her termination from the show has cost her $55 million in lost earnings ever since.
Not long after TMZ broke the news about Paz’s lawsuit, Harvey’s lawyer Benjamin Brafman released the following statement denying it all:
“It is our understanding that the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office carefully reviewed Ms. De la Huerta’s claims of sexual assault by Mr Weinstein many months ago and made a conscious decision to reject her as a complainant for obvious reasons. We also believe that her newly minted version of events including her new California claims are equally preposterous and unfortunately, the product of an unstable personality with a vivid imagination.”
She’s suing Harvey for assault, sexual battery, and emotional distress. Paz is also going after The Weinstein Company and the Four Seasons. This isn’t the first time one of Harvey’s accusers have sued The Weinstein Company. But it might be the first example of someone also suing the hotel where the allegations took place. And yet, it’s not the Harvey Weinstein/hotel lawsuit I was expecting. I was at least expecting a hotel to sue Harvey for gross misconduct with a bathrobe. Those bathrobes are compliments of the hotel, for one purpose and one purpose only: to feel fancy and plush while you eat room service in bed.