December 5, 2023
Former movie producer Harvey Weinstein seems in courtroom on the Clara Shortridge Foltz Prison Justice Heart in Los Angeles to face sex-related prices. Etienne Laurent/Pool by way of REUTERS

A lawyer who has represented Invoice Cosby and R. Kelly, in addition to a regulation agency accomplice, was permitted by a choose Friday to affix the protection staff of Harvey Weinstein, who was sued by a former mannequin/actress who says the producer sexually assaulted her in her Beverly Hills lodge room in 2013.

The plaintiff is recognized as Jane Doe No. 1 within the Santa Monica Superior Courtroom lawsuit filed Feb. 9, which alleges sexual battery, false imprisonment, negligence and intentional infliction of emotional misery. She seeks unspecified compensatory and punitive damages.

On Friday, Choose Elaine W. Mandel permitted functions by New York attorneys Jennifer Bonjean and Ashley Cohen to symbolize Weinstein though they’re unlicensed in California and never members of the State Bar.

On Dec. 19, Weinstein, 71, was convicted of three of the seven felony counts he was going through — forcible rape, forcible oral copulation and sexual penetration by a overseas object. All three of these counts associated to Doe, with the crimes occurring on or about Feb. 18, 2013. Weinstein was sentenced to 16 years in jail on Feb. 23.

The plaintiff’s attorneys maintained of their courtroom papers opposing the Bonjean-Cohen functions that Bonjean has been granted comparable privileges in California twice previously two years and that it could disrupt the orderly technique of justice to permit Bonjean and Cohen to symbolize Weinstein on this case whereas additionally representing him in his ongoing felony case enchantment.

Weinstein’s different lawyer within the case, Michael Freedman, is licensed in California. He and Bonjean represented Cosby in a trial in June 2022 by which a jury awarded $500,000 to Judy Huth, a Riverside County girl who stated the comic sexually abused her when she was a teen on the Playboy Mansion within the Seventies. Cosby, 85, is interesting the decision.

Bonjean and Freedman beforehand filed a solution to the plaintiff’s criticism sustaining that Weinstein’s accuser’s claims are barred by the statute of limitations, that her request for punitive damages is unconstitutional and that her lawsuit must be dismissed.

Weinstein’s felony case legal professional, Mark Werksman, advised jurors within the felony case trial that Jane Doe No. 1 “was not a girl who was alone and susceptible and minimize off from the world,” noting that she let his shopper into her lodge room at Mr. C Beverly Hills and had a cellphone and the lodge room cellphone at her disposal.

The plaintiff was on the town to attend a movie pageant and she or he alleges that Weinstein got here to her room unexpectedly after she attended occasions that day associated to a movie pageant.

“After he was executed raping her, he acted as if nothing out of the abnormal occurred and left,” the plaintiff’s courtroom papers allege.

Doe didn’t report the incident till 2017, when she had a chat along with her daughter, throughout a time when Weinstein was on the forefront of the #metoo motion, based on her attorneys’ courtroom papers.

Metropolis Information Service contributed to this text.