English actress Julia Ormond has filed a lawsuit in New York against convicted sex offender Harvey Weinstein and the Creative Artists Agency (CAA), Disney, and Miramax. Ormond accuses Weinstein of sexual battery and alleges that CAA, Disney, and Miramax enabled his sexual misconduct.
According to the lawsuit, Ormond claims that Weinstein forced her to strip naked and perform oral sex on him after a business dinner. Ormond had attended the dinner to discuss a project she wanted Weinstein to pursue. She informed her CAA agents, Bryan Lourd and Kevin Huvane, about the incident. However, they allegedly discouraged her from reporting Weinstein to the authorities, suggesting that she would not be believed and that it would damage her career.
Ormond’s lawsuit includes allegations of negligence and breach of fiduciary duty against CAA, which she claims “lost interest in representing” her after the incident, causing significant harm to her career. Disney and Miramax, both associated with Weinstein, are sued for negligent supervision and retention.
Representatives for Weinstein, Disney, Miramax, and CAA have not yet responded to requests for comment.
Julia Ormond is known for her roles in movies such as Legends of the Fall, First Knight, and Smilla’s Sense of Snow. Weinstein has faced multiple lawsuits since being exposed in a New York Times article that detailed decades of sexual misconduct allegations against him. He is currently serving a prison sentence of 16 years in Los Angeles for rape and sexual assault convictions, in addition to a previous 23-year sentence in New York.
The lawsuit filed by Ormond adds to the legal challenges Weinstein is facing and highlights the alleged complicity of CAA, Disney, and Miramax in enabling his abusive behavior.