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California Woman Files Suit Against Harvey Weinstein, Alleging 'Sexually Hostile Work Environment'

AP Photo/John Carucci, File

FILE - In this Nov. 23, 2011 file photo, film producer Harvey Weinstein poses for a photo in New York.

AP Photo/John Carucci, File

A California woman who says she was sexually harassed and assaulted by movie producer Harvey Weinstein has filed suit against him in New York.

The woman says she was repeatedly touched inappropriately by Weinstein, forced to clean up after his sexual encounters, and required to manage his erectile dysfunction injections.

The plaintiff also says the Weinstein Company, including his brother Robert and the company's Senior Vice President of Human Resources Frank Gil, "aided and abetted" the creation of a sexually hostile work environment for her and other women."

She says she quit because of emotional distress, anxiety, and depression.

In the complaint, attorney Genie Harrison writes, "Almost every
time Ms. Rehal accompanied Harvey Weinstein in his chauffeured Lexus SUV, he made her sit in the back with him and touched her thigh. After Ms. Rehal started wearing pants instead of
skirts, Harvey Weinstein would rub between her thighs. When Ms. Rehal sat cross legged in an attempt to prevent him from being able to touch her thigh, Harvey Weinstein would touch the
back of her legs and butt."

Weinstein spokeswoman Holly Baird told the Associated Press  Weinstein "categorically denies these claims." She said Weinstein's lawyers "will respond in the appropriate legal forum with evidence proving they are untrue."

The Associated Press contributed to this report

Bob Moffitt

Sacramento Region Reporter

Bob reports on all things northern California and Nevada. His coverage of police technology, local athletes, and the environment has won a regional Associated Press and several Edward R. Murrow awards.   Read Full Bio 

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