• Harvey Weinstein is facing new allegations of sexual assault and attempted rape in Los Angeles
  • A woman alleged Weinstein assaulted her in a suite at the Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills in 2012 when she was 19
  • Weinstein has denied the allegations, describing them as "stunningly dishonest and contrived"

A woman has come forward with new allegations of sexual assault and attempted rape against Harvey Weinstein.

In a lawsuit filed Friday in California Superior Court in Los Angeles, Hayley Gripp alleged that the disgraced movie mogul and convicted rapist, who is serving 23 years in prison in New York, assaulted her in a suite at the Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills in November 2012, New York Post first reported. She was 19 years old at the time.

Gripp kept the encounter to herself because she was "scared that she would get into trouble for fighting back," per the lawsuit. She also said she didn't realize that the "big producer" who allegedly assaulted her was Weinstein until she saw him on the news in 2017. The suit also said Gripp was diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder stemming from the alleged incident.

Her lawyer, Eric Lerner, told New York Post that Gripp has not been able to file a complaint against the assailant until now because it took years before she identified Weinstein as her alleged attacker and injuries resulting from the attack were recognized. His client has requested a jury trial and recovery of damages.

"This lawsuit is about Ms. Gripp reclaiming her power, becoming a survivor, not a victim, and getting restitution for the sexual crimes perpetrated against her. She has real damages from this that are lasting," Lerner said. "Harvey Weinstein along with those who helped him perpetrate these crimes of sexual assault and attempted rape against Ms. Gripp must be held responsible for ruining her life."

Weinstein has denied the allegations, claiming "the new accusation is stunningly dishonest and contrived."

"It's a money grab that comes conveniently as my NY appeal is coming up and the LA case is looming," he said in a statement to NBC News. "While media takes great lengths to confirm and reject the veracity of any explanation offered by me, they run any unconfirmed and absurd claim by anyone who dares."

Meanwhile, Gripp declined to be interviewed. However, according to court papers describing the harrowing incident, a female "Weinstein associate" approached Gripp and engaged her in a friendly conversation where she talked about her life, Tourette's syndrome and modeling gigs while the latter was waiting in the Beverly Hilton hotel lobby. Gripp, who was an aspiring actress, shared that she was waiting for a casting nearby.

The woman then invited Gripp to enjoy a fuller breakfast with industry guests who were in town for the Britannia Awards to "fuel up" before the "big casting," the lawsuit said.

According to the suit, the associate suggested after breakfast that she meet her "big producer" friend who could help her career and assured her that the Hollywood power player was worth missing the casting. Gripp resisted the invitation at first but reluctantly agreed to meet the producer.

Gripp followed the woman to a suite where Weinstein introduced himself as "Dom," the lawsuit said. The associate handed her a glass of wine, and when she declined because she was not 21, the woman allegedly told her, "It’s rude not to accept a drink from someone who feeds you and shows you hospitality," according to the court documents.

Gripp drank a half glass of wine and experienced a "brief blackout." When she regained consciousness, Weinstein's "body was rubbing up against her as he pinned her against the coffee table," the documents stated.

"To escape his hold, Ms. Gripp began flailing her arms and, in doing so, broke her acrylic nail against the coffee table. Ms. Gripp then stabbed Weinstein on the bottom part of his scrotum with her sharp broken nail," the lawsuit read. "Weinstein let out a quiet scream and grabbed her hand, inadvertently causing her nail to move up and inward, deeper into his scrotum."

A bleeding Weinstein went for a towel, and Gripp took it as an opportunity to flee the room. However, his associate appeared to have been standing guard the whole time and even called her "crazy," the documents said. The woman also allegedly warned Gripp to never tell anyone about it or "she would end up in a mental hospital."

"At this time, Ms. Gripp does not intend to file criminal charges because Harvey Weinstein has received what amounts to a lifetime sentence and is unable to abuse another woman," Christa Riggins, a second attorney for Gripp, told The Post. "However, Hayley will fully cooperate with the Los Angeles Police Department or any other agency regarding an investigation or prosecution against Harvey Weinstein."

In October 2020, Weinstein was also charged with six additional counts of sexual assault in Los Angeles involving two women. In August last year, a new lawsuit was also filed against him by an actress who used the pseudonym Jane Doe and alleged that he sexually assaulted her over the span of nine years.

Harvey Weinstein was brought from the notorious Rikers Island jail into the Manhattan criminal court in a wheelchair
Harvey Weinstein was brought from the notorious Rikers Island jail into the Manhattan criminal court in a wheelchair AFP / Johannes EISELE