What responsibility did those working with Harvey Weinstein have to warn women of his alleged sexual predation? That question is central to a motion being debated in a Toronto courtroom this week.
A lawsuit alleges that Barbara Schneeweiss was the assistant to the disgraced producer — who faces a wave of accusations and investigations over alleged sexual misconduct and assaults dating back to the 1970s. In Toronto, allegations come from a woman identified only as Jane Doe, and a lawsuit that names Schneeweiss along with Weinstein.
Doe alleges that Schneeweiss knew Weinstein was a “sexual predator,” and in 2000, “lured” her into a hotel room with him anyway. Doe says that Schneeweiss facilitated two incidents of sexual assault. The allegations have not been proven in court.
Schneeweiss and her lawyer, Jonathan Rosenstein, filed a notice of motion in response, saying parts of Doe’s argument are “frivolous,” “vexatious” and “irrelevant,” and other parts don’t have enough detail behind them, according to a notice of motion filed in response.