New Harvey Weinstein victim says she only managed to escape the disgraced movie producer by stabbing his scrotum with a broken nail.
Hayley Gripp—who now works as a certified advocate for children of trauma and special needs— was 19 years old at the time of the assault in 2012.
According to the court documents filed in California Superior Court in LA, Gripp said that she was introduced to Weinstein after meeting his female associate in a hotel lobby, Page Six reported.
The filing says that the female associate allegedly suggested that Gripp should meet her ‘big producer’ friend in one of the hotel rooms in Beverly Hilton Hotel.
The lawsuit described that upon entering the suite, Weinstein introduced himself as ‘Dom,’ and then the associate handed her a glass of wine. When Gripp tried not to oblige and said she was not 21, the associate told her: ‘It’s rude not to accept a drink from someone who feeds you and shows you hospitality’.
Gripp then drank half a glass then ‘briefly blacked out’. When she briefly awakens, Gripp says the producer was rubbing up against her while she was pinned to a coffee table.
“You are so wet and tight; you are a virgin aren’t you?” Weinstein allegedly said, adding that Gripp should pretend Weinstein is like Zac Efron.
The court filing says that ‘Gripp did not realize Weinstein’s fingers were inside her vagina until she felt the cold metal of his watch against her skin.’
“Weinstein then held Ms. Gripp down with one hand, took Ms. Gripp’s genital fluids, and rubbed it on his exposed genitalia, proceeding to masturbate with his other hand,” the filing says.
“To escape his hold, Ms. Gripp began flailing her arms and, in doing so, broke her acrylic nail against the coffee table,” the court papers say. “Ms. Gripp then stabbed Weinstein on the bottom part of his scrotum with her sharp broken nail.”
“Weinstein let out a quiet scream and grabbed her hand, inadvertently causing her nail to move up and inward, deeper into his scrotum,” the lawsuit reads.
Gripp then fled the room, but the producer’s female associate was outside. The associate told Gripp the encounter was her own fault and that Gripp – who had Tourette’s syndrome – would ‘end up in a mental hospital’ if she told anyone what happened.
Gripp never complained even during Weinstein’s trial and is not a recipient of the $17 million settlement shared among dozens of his more than 100 accusers.
Gripp also did not report the assault to the police at the time.
“Ms. Gripp did not report this crime to police for the same reason that nearly 80 percent of rapes and sexual assaults go unreported,” Attorney Christa Riggins told The Post. “At this time, Ms. Gripp does not intend to file criminal charges because Harvey Weinstein has received what amounts to a lifetime sentence and is unable to abuse another woman.”
“However, Hayley will fully cooperate with the Los Angeles Police Department or any other agency regarding an investigation or prosecution against Harvey Weinstein,” the lawyer continued.
Attorney Eric Lerner says that Gripp was subsequently diagnosed with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.
“This lawsuit is about Ms. Gripp reclaiming her power, becoming a survivor, not a victim, and getting restitution for the sexual crimes perpetrated against her,” Lerner told The Post.
“She has real damages from this that are lasting,” Lerner added. “Harvey Weinstein along with those who helped him perpetrate these crimes of sexual assault and attempted rape against Ms. Gripp must be held responsible for ruining her life.”
Weinstein is currently serving a 23-year-sentence. The ex-producer was convicted of raping an actress and sexually abusing a former production assistant.