Harvey Weinstein’s image has been dented further following British actor, Lysette Anthony’s fresh allegation of rape attack in her London home in the late 1980s by the movie producer.
• The story so far
Lysette in an interview with the Sunday Times, said she reported the rape allegations to police in London last week and that she had spent years of her life trying to forget what she described as a “pathetic, revolting” attack.
The Metropolitan Police said it has passed an allegation of sexual assault by Merseyside Police the same day.
“The allegation will be assessed by officers from Child Abuse and Sexual Offences Command,” the force said.
The Hollyoaks actress’s claim follows several allegations of rape, sexual harassment, sexual assault or other sexual misconduct made by actresses in the US against Weinstein, all of which he has strenuously denied.
Dozens of actresses, including Hollywood A-listers Angelina Jolie and Gwyneth Paltrow, have made accusations of sex abuse against the 65-year-old movie mogul over the past 10 days
Through his spokeswoman, the movie mogul has “unequivocally denied” any allegations of non-consensual sex after three actresses said he had raped them in an article in The New Yorker.
• Anthony’s experience
Anthony, 54, told The Sunday Times she met the producer when she was 19years old and had starred in 1982 sci-fi film Krull and the alleged assault occurred a few years later.
She has now waived her right to anonymity to speak about what happened when she was a fast-rising star who was hailed as the ‘Face of the 80s’
The actress told the Times that Weinstein – who knew Ms Anthony socially – grabbed her one night in the late 1980s at a home he had rented in the upscale London district of Chelsea, where she had met him for a drink.
“The next thing I knew he was half undressed and he grabbed me. It was the last thing I expected and I fled. I blamed it on myself because I was tired, a bit drunk and therefore so completely off my guard. He was a so-called friend I’d known for years and the clumsy fumble was the last thing I saw coming,” she said.
Weinstein later went to her London home one morning and she answered the door in her dressing gown.
“I was in my dressing gown and I answered the door to find Harvey standing there,” she said.
“He pushed me inside and rammed me up against the coat rack in my tiny hall and started fumbling at my gown. He was trying to kiss me and shove inside me. It was disgusting.”
Failing at pushing him away, she said: “Finally I just gave up. At least I was able to stop him kissing me. As he ground himself against me, I kept my eyes shut tight, held my breath, just let him get on with it. He came over my leg like a dog and then left. It was pathetic, revolting. I remember lying in the bath later and crying.”
After the incident, Lysette explained that she felt pressured to continue to accept meetings with Weinstein over new roles, just as it was narrated by several other women who have accused Weinstein of sexual assault.
“The meetings would start with a chat in a hotel suite. The assistants would disappear and then he’d disappear and return in a robe demanding a massage. By then I’d just given up. I knew I was powerless and at least I wouldn’t have to do much. I was just a body, young flesh. It wouldn’t take long and no one knew”, she explained.