Top lawyer says anonymous client remains traumatised over alleged assaults by film producer in UK and US after 2000
Harvey Weinstein could face a civil compensation claim in the UK from a woman who alleges she was sexually assaulted by the Hollywood producer in Britain and the US.
The woman, who worked in the film industry, currently wishes to remain anonymous but is represented by a prominent London lawyer, Jill Greenfield, who has previously won significant damages for a client in a civil rape claim.
The unusual route for redress could lead to further civil claims in the UK against Weinstein, who is facing multiple sexual assault accusations from women on both sides of the Atlantic. He denies any allegations of non-consensual sex.
Scotland Yard has said it is investigating allegations made last month by seven women against Weinstein, some dating back to the 1980s.
The woman in the latest claim has not yet made a complaint to the police but is expected to do so. She is said to remain traumatised by the attacks which allegedly took place after 2000, and has not discussed them with her family.
Greenfield, a partner at the London law firm Fieldfisher who specialises in personal injury cases, told the Guardian: “We have a sent a letter of claim to Harvey Weinstein’s London and New York offices. I am waiting to hear from them but I have indicated that [if it is not settled] we will be pursuing a civil claim in relation to sexual assaults by Harvey Weinstein.
“This is very difficult for her and no doubt for many other victims. I would hope that the Weinstein corporation would want to meet and discuss without having to go too much further. He was a very powerful man but [his victims] now feel they have been given permission to talk about it.”
In criminal courts, the prosecution has to prove the charges of sexual assault or any other offence to the standard of beyond all reasonable doubt. In civil cases, it is a matter of proving it on the balance of probabilities.
Greenfield said she would like to speak to Weinstein’s lawyers about the case.