Lawyer explains why he's defending Harvey Weinstein

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TMZ reports that Melissa Thompson has filed a class acion lawsuit against the disgraced former Hollywood mogul over an assault she alleges he committed against her in September of 2011, when he met with her in his NY office to pitch her company's new video platform for use by Weinstein and his company.

Melissa Thompson has claimed Weinstein lured her into his hotel room when she was meeting with him to pitch internet technology, then forcibly sexually assaulted her.

Mr Weinstein's lawyer has said he will deny all the charges against him.

Weinstein, 66, was charged last Friday with two counts of rape and one of a criminal sexual act after alleged incidents involving two women.

Weinstein's lawyer Benjamin Brafman, who said the jury's indictment this week "does not add anything to the case we did not already know", has yet to publicly react to the new lawsuit.

Brafman defended Weinstein on the steps of the court house in NY last Friday after the disgraced producer was taken there in handcuffs to face charges. As she explained the company's services, she alleges that Weinstein began to caress her legs.

The lawsuit sues Weinstein, a series of companies, including Disney, and named executives and unnamed plaintiffs that he has worked with, many of whom are seen as having enabled his conduct.

The lawsuit alleged that the recorded images captured some of Weinstein's advances. Moreover, the new suit faces allegations from two additional women. "I left the Brafman firm well before Brafman ever represented Weinstein, and, in fact, I represent one of the key victims, but Ms".

They are suing Weinstein - as well as Miramax and The Weinstein Company - for assault, battery and racketeering.

Thompson says she never reported it out of fear for her safety and career.

"I never have and I never would represent Harvey Weinstein", Spiro told The Post. He promised to make a deal that afternoon if she would meet him for a drink at the Tribeca Grand Hotel, the suit alleges. In the suit, Dulany alleges that Weinstein performed oral sex on her without her consent and then masturbated.

It is the second sexual assault class-action lawsuit filed against Weinstein by law firms Hagens Berman and the Armenta Law Firm, which sued Weinstein, Miramax and The Weinstein Group in December.

Brafman, in a statement, distanced himself from the attorney identified in the lawsuit - Alexander Spiro - describing him as a former associate who left to practice law at a different firm, Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, in September 2017, a month before the alleged contact.