New Lawsuit Accuses Harvey Weinstein of Sexual Assault Against Netflix Producer in Budapest
Fanni Kaszás 2018.05.02.
Following last year’s sexual assault scandals, in a new lawsuit Alexandra Canosa, producer of the Netflix series Marco Polo, has accused Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein of harassing and raping her at least nine times at hotels across the world, including Los Angeles, Malaysia and Budapest.
Canosa, who was working as a producer at the Weinstein Company, alleges that Weinstein repeatedly raped and abused her over a five-year period under threat of ruining her career. She claims that in Budapest, where they were shooting the second series of Marco Polo, Weinstein abused her physically and verbally in her hotel room.
Canosa also claims that during the 2017 scandal, when almost 100 women accused Weinstein of sexual abuse, the producer threatened her in an attempt to force her to remain silent. His lawyer denied the allegations in a statement to CNN, claiming that it was a “consensual relationship” between the two. This statement, however, was updated twice within an hour of its publication; notably, references to a “consensual relationship” between Weinstein and Canosa were removed. In addition to Weinstein, the lawsuit lists The Weinstein Company and Harvey’s brother as defendants. Netflix did not immediately respond to a request for comment Tuesday.
Previously, in the wake of the Weinstein scandal in the US, Hungarian actress Lilla Sárosdi also accused renowned Hungarian theater director László Marton of sexual harassing her two decades ago. Marton has since started to work as a director again.