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A woman who worked as a production assistant on a Weinstein Company-produced television show has come forward with claims that she was sexually assaulted by Harvey Weinstein.

Attorney Gloria Allred is pressing for The Weinstein Co.to create a fund to compensate alleged victims of sexual assault and harassment by the film company's former co-chairman Harvey Weinstein.

"I would not have wanted anyone to do that to me, even if that person had been a romantic partner", said Haleyi. He wouldn't take no for an answer. "He held me down on the bed". I tried to get away, tried to get him off me, and kept asking him to stop but it was impossible. She claims that Weinstein, however, persisted and performed oral sex on her and then masturbated in front of her. I was mortified. I was in disbelief and disgusted.

"I haven't ever seen these kinds of ramifications for this egregious behavior", she added.

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Her lawyer Gloria Allred, who is representing "numerous" complainants against Weinstein, described the alleged incident as "a new low".

A spokeswoman for Weinstein said that "allegations of nonconsensual sex are unequivocally denied". Haleyi said afterwards he rolled over and asked her, "Don't you feel we're so much closer to each other now?"

Mimi Haleyi is on a list of people that NY officials are seeking to speak with in the ongoing investigation into allegations against Weinstein, according to law enforcement sources. Haleyi was in her 20s at the time. She encountered him again at the Cannes Film Festival in 2006.

She said she finally managed to shut him down by sniping to him, "I'm not going to Paris with you, I hear you have a awful reputation with women". But a meeting at his hotel room to discuss potential opportunities turned uncomfortable when he asked her for a massage, she claimed.

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The "Suburbicon" star also said it is important to acknowledge the recent wave of allegations against the producer as claims of "criminal behaviour" rather than just 'salacious conversation'.

The Times later reported harassment allegations from Gwyneth Paltrow and Angelina Jolie, and The New Yorker reported that three women have accused Weinstein of rape.

"Vague apologies are not enough".

The New York attorney general has opened a civil rights investigation into the Weinstein Company, which fired Weinstein shortly after the first accusations of sexual misconduct became public. "I steered clear of him as soon as I could for the rest of the evening but soon forgot about it, until the New York Times and New Yorker pieces set off a landslide".

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