Toronto court to hear motion in lawsuit against Harvey Weinstein and woman who allegedly worked for him

Barbara Schneeweiss and her lawyer are seeking to strike portions of the Jane Doe suit, which alleges that Schneeweiss knew Weinstein was a “sexual predator” and “lured” the plaintiff into a room with him anyway.

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Harvey Weinstein, shown in 2011, faces dozens of allegations of sexual abuse and harassment, including from some of the biggest names in Hollywood. (John Carucci/Associated Press)

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.

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