Harvey Weinstein has responded to a lawsuit filed by a former personal assistant who claimed she was forced to provide the disgraced mogul with shots for his erectile dysfunction during her time at The Weinstein Company.
Sandeep Rehal said in a lawsuit filed last year in New York Supreme Court that she was forced to set up Weinstein's love nest during the two years she worked at the company, provide him with the shot of Caravject that would be injected into his penis before sex and then clean up the aftermath of those encounters.
In his answer filed last week that was obtained by DailyMail.com, Weinsetin not only denies the allegations, but also claims that Rehal was never his assistant.
He then states that he cannot even recall when or if she worked for the company before later stating that the damages Rehal may have suffered were caused by herself because of her own behavior.
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Suing: Sandeep Rehal (above) said in a 2018 compliant that she worked as Harvey Weinstein's personal assistant for two years after taking the job in 2013
Above and beyond: She is suing him and the company, saying she was forced to clean up semen on a weekly basis, gather used condoms and even give Weinstein (above in January at a court hearing) penis shots
'Plaintiff Sandeep Rehal was a female employee of Defendants employed as a personal assistant to Harvey Weinstein in TWC's New York City office located in the County of New York from approximately February 2013 to February 13, 2015,' wrote Rehal's lawyer in the complaint.
In his answer, it is that claim which elicits the strongest response from Weinstein.
'Denies that Plaintiff was employed as Weinstein’s personal assistant, and denies having knowledge or information sufficient to form a belief as to the remaining allegations,' writes Weinstein's lawyer.
In an interview with the Deccan Chronicle last year, Rehal detailed how she came to work at The Weinstein Company.
'I was friends with his wife, Georgina Chapman’s second assistant [at the time],' said Rehal.
'My friend told me HW’s office was hiring and thought I would be a great fit. I passed her my resume, the director of his office called me, I met HW and I had the job.'
Weinstein also denies that he 'created a sexually hostile work environment' before stating in his second affirmative defense: 'The damages allegedly suffered by [Rehal] were caused in whole or in part, or were exacerbated by, [Rehal's] own negligence and/or culpable conduct and, accordingly, [Rehal’s] claim is therefore barred or diminished in the proportion that such negligence and culpable conduct bears to the total culpable conduct causing the alleged damages.'
Rehal initially filed her lawsuit in federal court before moving it to New York Supreme Court in February 2018 after her action was thrown out by a judge for the Southern District of New York who cited a lack of jurisdiction.
The shots allegedly used by Weinstein
A Caverject shot is a brand of injections used to treat men who have erectile dysfunction.
It increases blood flow by expanding blood vessels.
The medicine is given as a shot directly into the penis.
Caverject is available as a powder in a vial and in