British actor Julia Ormond sues Harvey Weinstein saying he sexually assaulted her | CBC News

British actor Julia Ormond sues Harvey Weinstein saying he sexually assaulted her | CBC News

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Julia Ormond, who starred in films alongside the likes of Brad Pitt and Harrison Ford in the 1990s, filed a lawsuit Wednesday accusing disgraced movie producer Harvey Weinstein of sexually assaulting her in 1995 and then hindering her career.

Ormond named CAA, Miramax and Disney as enablers in lawsuit filed in New York state Supreme Court

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Julia Ormond arrives at an NBCUniversal Television Critics Association event in August 2016 in Beverly Hills, Calif. Ormond filed a lawsuit Wednesday accusing disgraced movie producer Harvey Weinstein of sexually assaulting her in 1995 and then hindering her career. (Rich Fury/Invision/AP)

Julia Ormond, who starred in films alongside the likes of Brad Pitt and Harrison Ford in the 1990s, filed a lawsuit Wednesday accusing disgraced movie producer Harvey Weinstein of sexually assaulting her in 1995 and then hindering her career.

Ormond, who also accuses the Walt Disney Company, Miramax and her former agents of knowing that Weinstein was a problem but doing nothing about it, filed the case in state Supreme Court in Manhattan under the Adult Survivors Act, a law passed last year that allows a temporary window for those who allege sexual assault to file past the state’s normal deadlines.

In her suit, Ormond says she was a star on the rise when she met Weinstein in 1994. She says she kept in touch with him to discuss scripts and projects, and in 1995 entered into a production agreement with Miramax, where he was co-chairman.

She accuses him of committing sexual battery against her in December 1995 after a business meeting, and then retaliating against her and negatively affecting her career after she confronted him weeks later.

Actor says CAA, Disney, Miramax enabled Weinstein

The British actor says she told her U.S. agents at the time, Creative Artists Agency (CAA), but received no support and was advised not to take any legal action or other steps.

She accuses CAA, Disney and Miramax of knowing that Weinstein presented a danger to women but doing nothing to stop him or to help her.

Ormond’s film credits include The Curious Case of Benjamin ButtonMy Week With Marilyn and Sabrina. She was nominated for an Emmy Award in 2012 for guest starring on the AMC TV series Mad Men.

Weinstein, 71, was convicted of rape and sexual assault in New York in 2020 and is currently in prison there. Last year, he also was convicted of another rape in Los Angeles. He has appealed both convictions.

Weinstein lawyer Imran Ansari said his client “categorically denies the allegations made against him by Julia Ormond and he is prepared to vehemently defend himself.”

Emails seeking comment were sent to CAA, Disney and Miramax.

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