The Weinstein Co. fired Harvey Weinstein on October 8 after dozens of women came forward to accuse him of sexual harassment, assault or rape. There are now more than 60 women claiming sexual abuse.
Allred is representing several of the victims, and said:
It’s time for The Weinstein Co. to put their money where their mouths are. They made many, many, many millions of dollars while Harvey Weinstein was behaving in the most egregious and reprehensible acts imaginable.”
Allred revealed that actress Natassia Malthe said Weinstein raped her in her London hotel room in 2008. Another actress, Dominique Huett, filed a lawsuit after she was raped at a Beverly Hills hotel in 2010.
Huett alleges that The Weinstein Co. was aware of Harvey Weinstein’s sexual misconduct dating back to the 1990s. Her attorney, Jeff Herman, said that information is crucial to overcoming the statute-of-limitations that would normally block these cases.
“It really is about the casting couch and the company knowing about it,” said Herman.
The Weinstein Co.’s other co-founder, Bob Weinstein, has insisted that he was not aware of the extent of his brother’s sexual misconduct.
Bob Weinstein is pushing to keep the film studio running by renaming it and recruiting women to occupy all of the vacant board seats.