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Former actress claims Harvey Weinstein sexually assaulted her in hotel room

Little-known star Lisa Pekar claimed Weinstein assaulted her in 2001

A former actress has first come forward to accuse Harvey Weinstein of sexually assaulting her in a hotel room in 2001 – and claims the incident led to a role in Gwyneth Paltrow’s ‘View From The Top”.

Little-known star Lisa Pekar told The Wrap that Weinstein made her strip down to a pair of red stilettos for a supposed ‘audition’ where he said she needed to ‘lose 10 pounds’ before she force him to perform oral sex.

Weinstein’s spokesman flatly denied the latest allegation, telling DailyMail.com he was willing to take a polygraph to prove his innocence.

Little-known star Lisa Pekar claimed Weinstein assaulted her in 2001

Little-known star Lisa Pekar claimed Weinstein assaulted her in 2001

The latest allegation comes as Weinstein, pictured in court in 2020, attempts to overturn his conviction

The latest allegation comes as Weinstein, pictured in court in 2020, attempts to overturn his conviction

During the alleged incident, Pekar said she “froze” as the disgraced movie mogul stripped naked before begging him to stop as he “slapped my face in his mutilated mess of ‘genitals”.

She claims Weinstein, now 70, then growled “you’re really ruining the mood” and later told her “I wouldn’t talk about it if I were you”.

But days after her assistant phoned Pekar to offer her a role opposite Gwyneth Paltrow in her critical 2003 romantic comedy “View From The Top” about an ambitious flight attendant.

In the end, Pekar only had one line in the film, adding that her role was originally meant to be more important.

Pekar, pictured, describes how she 'frozen' after Weinstein stripped naked, but told her 'no'

Pekar, pictured, describes how she ‘frozen’ after Weinstein stripped naked, but told her ‘no’

Pekar claimed the assault “ended” his career, prompting him to quit acting and focus on producing and writing instead.

His IMDB page shows no acting roles and makes no reference to the top view. She only has a handful of writing and producing credits.

The allegation comes as Weinstein’s lawyers launch an aggressive mission to shorten his prison sentence.

Earlier this month, they submitted a bid to overturn his 2020 rape and sexual assault conviction – for which he is serving 23 years in prison – claiming the Manhattan trial judge was swayed by the public interest to the “#MeToo” movement.

And although he was found guilty of rape and sexual assault at a second trial in Los Angeles in December, sentencing has been delayed as his lawyers seek a new trial in California.

Pekar's role in View From The Top - with Paltrow, pictured - is not mentioned on his IMDB page

Pekar’s role in View From The Top – with Paltrow, pictured – is not mentioned on his IMDB page

In a moving post, Pekar says the latest news inspired her to speak out, adding that fear of “retaliation” and “not being believed” prevented her from doing so sooner.

She wrote: ‘This current time has been particularly difficult with Weinstein’s recent trial in Los Angeles and New York State agreeing to hear his appeal, and so I have come forward now because I feel the weight of not not stay with the other victims weighing heavily on me.

“If it took me this long to come forward, how many more victims are there?”

Pekar says she was working as a hostess at the now closed celebrity restaurant Ago when she was spotted by Miramax Italy producer Fabrizio Lombardo who told her she looked like actress Monica Bellucci.

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Lombardo then introduced her to Weinstein at a Miramax Oscar party in 2001 whom she described as a “gentleman” and “kind, courteous and full of information”.

Pekar, who had recently moved from Milwaukee to Los Angeles, added that their attention was “an honor for a girl who had just stepped off the boat.”

Months later, she was at an audition, wearing a pair of red stilettos, when Weinstein called, saying he had another role for her.

She claimed the couple met in a hotel room where they had a bottle of champagne waiting. She said she expected to audition for a speaking role.

Pekar writes, “He laughed and said I didn’t need to read for this role. I only needed to take off my shirt.

“He said he needed to see my boobs, and he assured me that getting naked makes an actress notice.

“I decided to trust him. I grew up a ballerina and a model. Stripping naked in front of other people came with the territory.

She describes taking off her blouse and bra before Weinstein asked her to take off her skirt as well.

She said: ‘I knew he needed to see if my thighs were big. He asked me to turn around. I complied, in my thong and my red pumps.

“He confirmed that I was beautiful but needed to lose 10 pounds.

“I was about to ask if I could get dressed but before I could he got undressed.”

She claims he then forced her to her knees, trying to get her to perform oral sex before “pulling me by the hair” and “trying to pull me onto his knees like a deviant Santa.” She adds that she explicitly said “no” to him,

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Years later, Pekar says she met Weinstein again at the Cannes Film Festival while she was with her producing partner.

She claims he asked to see them both again, with Pekar agreeing to the interaction because she was too ashamed to tell her partner about the previous incident.

Representatives for Weinstein, pictured in court in 2021, said he was willing to take a polygraph test to refute Pekar's allegation

Representatives for Weinstein, pictured in court in 2021, said he was willing to take a polygraph test to refute Pekar’s allegation

When they arrived, she said Weinstein was in a dressing gown and immediately “stuck his tongue” down her friend’s throat, prompting them to leave immediately.

Pekar wrote: ‘I was frozen, appalled and ashamed. Now my silence had affected someone else.

Weinstein’s spokesman, Juda Engelmayer, told Dailymail.com: “Harvey obviously knows Fabrizio Lombardo and many of the details of the places, events, films and people mentioned are well known to him and now many others too. ”

“He believes this sequence of events did not occur as suggested here and the accusation is simply not true.”

“The thing is, this story is so similar to others that it’s easy enough to suggest to some that it’s a valid memory, but it’s also possible that it could be repurposed for other purposes. other reasons.

“Harvey said he didn’t do that and was willing to take a polygraph to prove it.”

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