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Harvey Weinstein hit with crushing blow as he’s accused of four more rapes in new lawsuit

More bad news has just come in for disgraced Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein, as he’s been accused of four more rapes in a new lawsuit.

Court documents obtained by The Hollywood Reporter show that four more women have come forward to accuse Weinstein of rape, with one of the victims being just 17 years-old at the time of her alleged attack in 1994.

This now-43 year-old woman claims that she was trying to break into the entertainment industry and was then recruited by an associate of Weinstein “under the guise of doing business.” A meeting was set up in Weinstein’s hotel room, and when she got there, she was shocked to see he was naked.

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She claims that Weinstein told her that in order for her to get a job, she had to “sexually gratify him.” Though she refused, she alleges that the then-Hollywood mogul “forced her to remove her clothes” and raped her. The woman’s claim states that Weinstein forced her to give him her driver’s license after the assault, saying that if she told anyone about what he did, he would not only blacklist her in Hollywood, he would also “have his associates track her down and physically harm her and her family.”

The other three claims listed in the new lawsuit are from attacks that allegedly took place in 1984, 2008 and 2013. The suit also names Bob Weinstein, Miramax and Disney, claiming that they “knew or reasonably should have known that Harvey Weinstein had a propensity to engage in sexual misconduct and would use his position and power to lure Plaintiffs and other similarly situated aspiring female actresses to his apartments, hotel rooms, offices, etc. under the guise of discussing business opportunities to sexually harass, batter, assault, falsely imprison and rape them.”

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Weinstein, 68, was once arguably the most powerful man in Hollywood before he was accused of rape and sexual assault by countless actresses who then launched the #MeToo movement. He was convicted of rape and sexual assault in New York back in February of this year, and he is currently serving his 23-year prison sentence.

Additional charges have been filed against Weinstein in Los Angeles, California, and it is expected that he will be extradited there for a trial at a later date.

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