The British lawyer responsible for the civil suit against Harvey Weinstein said that she “fully expects” to upgrade the case against the disgraced movie mogul into a group action. Jill Greenfield, partner at London law firm Fieldfisher and Head of the company’s Serious Injury Sector, said that she believes other women will come forward to serve Weinstein with civil claims in addition to any criminal charges.
Greenfield added that she also expects civil claims to be issued against other perpetrators of sexual assault and harassment. I am fully expecting this to develop into a group action as other women come forward and for similar claims to be issued against other people when appropriate,” she told Legal Week. “The next step is to wait for response from Mr Weinstein and then ultimately to serve him.”
The comments come after Greenfield filed the first civil case against The Weinstein Company founder and the company and comes as he is facing a Scotland Yard investigation after eight women made formal allegations. Greenfield filed the suit in the UK’s High Court on behalf of a female film executive, who does not wish to be named. It is understood that the woman has not yet reported the incident to UK police, which are currently investigating the allegations against Weinstein through Operation Kaguyak.
The civil claim has been made against Weinstein as well as The Weinstein Company and The Weinstein Company UK and has been filed as damages for personal injury, expenses, consequential loss including aggravated and exemplary damages and interest arising out of a series of sexual assaults inflicted on the claimant by the defendant. The civil suit could reach over £300,000 ($404,000).
Weinstein denies allegations of non-consenual sex.