- Harvey Weinstein can face his first lawsuit in England. A female film producer complains to Weinstein: he would have abused her in London. Meanwhile, Scotland Yard is still investigating eight other formal accusations.
The London law firm Fieldfisher deals with the case. Jill Greenfield, partner and head of the serious injury sector, brought the case to court on behalf of the British Supreme Court. The incident is reportedly not yet reported to the English police, which is currently investigating the allegations at Weinstein via Operation Kaguyak.
The civil claim is not only directed at Weinstein itself, but also at The Weinstein Company and the English branch of the company. The charges include damages for bodily injury, expenses, consequential damages including compelling and exemplary damages and interest arising from a series of sexual assaults that the defendant has inflicted on the claimant. That would add up to more than 300,000 pounds.
According to the lawyer, civil courts can pick up the cases that criminal lawyers leave behind. She sees an enormous determination among the victims to relieve social changes and does not think that prosecutors of the United States can counter this by leaving criminal cases, even if they do not have enough witness statements. She hopes that the civil courts in England will offer the alleged British victims of Weinstein 'some hope for recognition and justice'.
From the beginning of October Harvey Weinstein is under fire because of dozens of accusations of sexual abuse. A lawsuit against The Weinstein Company has already started in America. Actress Dominique Huett endorsed this and claimed that the company knew what kind of misconduct Weinstein exhibited.