Lawyers for Harvey Weinstein accuser Alexandra Canosa need to depose a number of massive names in her $10 million sex-assault case — together with creator Ronan Farrow, the disgraced producer’s brother and a former non-public eye for Invoice Clinton, courtroom information present.
Canosa, a former worker of Weinstein’s leisure firm, claims Weinstein — who was slapped with 23 years in jail Wednesday — repeatedly attacked her for years, as soon as forcing her to carry out oral intercourse on him, courtroom papers allege.
The film mogul “threatened [her] and made it clear that if she didn’t succumb to his calls for or if she uncovered his undesirable conduct there could be retaliation, together with humiliation, the lack of her job and any capacity to work within the leisure trade,” the Could 2018 lawsuit states.
In a letter filed Tuesday in Manhattan federal courtroom, Canosa’s attorneys advised Choose Paul Engelmayer they have been contemplating deposing New Yorker journalist Farrow — in addition to a number of others who seem in his 2019 e-book “Catch and Kill” detailing how corners of the media enabled producer’s many years of abuse.
Included on the listing of deponents have been brother Bob Weinstein, admitted spy Seth Freedman — who as soon as helped the producer secretly examine accusers — and famed Invoice Clinton non-public eye Jack Palladino.
Lawyers stated they could additionally communicate to Sandeep Rehal, the previous assistant whose go well with towards Weinstein for allegedly forcing her to clear up his semen was dropped final yr.
Attorneys additionally requested the choose to push the deadline to depose potential witnesses, citing the truth that Canosa is pregnant and might’t fly from her dwelling in Los Angeles.
The previous worker was revealed to have despatched a whole bunch of affectionate messages to Weinstein, together with one which learn “I’m enthusiastic about you” dated only a day after he allegedly raped her in 2010, unsealed emails present.
Canosa was not among the many accusers in Weinstein’s felony case in Manhattan Supreme Court docket — for which he was convicted on two felony counts — although her case falls inside the statute of limitations.
Engelmayer has not responded to the letter, courtroom information present.