In a complaint submitted Tuesday, de la Huerta contends Eisner and Iger “made a series of decisions that allowed a range of actions by Harvey Weinstein that unacceptably harmed certain employees of Miramax,” which Disney owned at the time.
“It is clear that the risk of sexual assault by Harvey Weinstein is inherent in the working environment fostered at Miramax,” writes attorney Aaron Filler. “De La Huerta and her family were aware of and anxious about these risks at the time of the undertaking to allow Paz de La Huerta to participate in the making of the Cider House Rules film. … The motivating emotions of Harvey Weinstein were fairly attributable to the work conditions of his controlling the work and hiring of young female actresses while imbuing all aspects of the work with a sense of likelihood or expectability of intimate sexual contact.”
The actress alleges that Disney, as then-owner of Miramax, is responsible because the assault arose from “the bringing together of these two individuals [de la Huerta and Weinstein] in the course of business of Miramax.”