Harvey Weinstein is accused of sexually assaulting a child under 16 in 2002, who filed a lawsuit against the famous former film producer on Thursday after rejecting a settlement resulting from a class action lawsuit.
The lawsuit was filed in state court in New York by Kaja Sokola. At the time of the reported facts, she had just arrived in New York from Poland and was dreaming of being an actress or model, her lawyer Douglas Wigdor said in a statement quoted by AFP.
In 2018, Sokola joined a class action lawsuit against the Hollywood mogul without revealing his identity. When on December 11, Weinstein's lawyers announced that they had reached an agreement in principle with the alleged victims to resolve the class action lawsuit, Kaja Sokola rejected the terms and decided to file a new lawsuit on her behalf.
Although the assault took place 17 years ago, a law that came into force in August in New York considerably extended the statute of limitations for sexual assault on minors.
According to the 23-page action, the young Kaja Sokola was introduced in September 2002 to Weinstein, who invited her to lunch a few days later. He would have given to understand that wanted to help her career. Instead of taking her to a restaurant, she took her to her home, where the complainant claims that Weinstein "terrorized and sexually abused her."
Today, 33-year-old Sokola works as a psychologist and therapist in Poland. The compensation value required was not disclosed.
The agreement with 30 actresses who sued him will allow Weinstein to get rid of most of the complaints against him and his former company, The Weinstein Company. The victims, mostly actresses and staff, accused the producer of sexual harassment and rape.
Of the 25 million dollars (about 22 million euros), 6.2 million (5.6 million euros) will be split between 18 victims, with none getting more than half a million dollars (close to 450,000 euros). .
The $ 18.5 million (16.6 million euros) goes to the plaintiffs and the New York Prosecutor, as well as future plaintiffs in a case that would be conducted by a nominated professional. by the court and to allocate funds according to the severity of each case.