When Sandeep Rehal first took a job as Harvey Weinstein’s assistant in 2013, she said he told her that he was “a tough guy and hard to work for.” That could mean many things: Long hours, too many coffee runs, or demanding perfection in maintaining schedules and other professional duties. But in a new lawsuit, Rehal claims that her two years at the Weinstein Company went beyond “tough,” and well into the realm of hostile and abusive.
According to the lawsuit (which you can read in its entirety at The Hollywood Reporter), “Much of Ms. Rehal’s work as an employee of TWC involved catering to Harvey Weinstein’s sexual appetites and activities, and catering to his demeaning and often abusive family members. Ms. Rehal was required to be involved in and aware of the preparations for, and clean up after, Harvey Weinstein’s extremely prolific sexual encounters.”
Among the most heinous tasks she says she was required to carry out are:
Throughout her employment with Defendants Ms. Rehal was required, as a condition of her employment, to work with Harvey Weinstein when he was naked. On an almost weekly basis, she was required to take dictation of emails from him while he was naked.
Harvey Weinstein subjected Mr. Rehal to unwelcome touching. Almost every time Ms. Rehal accompanied Harvey Weinstein in his chauffeured Lexus SUV, he made her sit in the back with him and touched her thigh. After Ms. Rehal started wearing pants instead of skirts, Harvey Weinstein would rub between her thighs. When Ms. Rehal sat cross legged in an attempt to prevent him from being able to touch her thigh, Harvey Weinstein would touch the back of her legs and butt.
If this made you want to hork, go get a bucket because what comes next is positively Caligulaic (not a real word, but no other phrase in the English language can capture what you’re about to read).
In addition to maintaining his list of available women, Ms. Rehal was forced to do many other offensive chores to “assist” in Harvey Weinstein’s sex life. She was required to manage the stock of Caverject shots for his erectile dysfunction. She had to obtain the shots and keep them stocked in cabinet behind her desk at Harvey Weinstein’s TWC office. Every time Harvey Weinstein went to meet a woman at a hotel, in the office, or elsewhere, which occurred on average at least three times a week when he was in New York, Ms. Rehal was required as part of her job to provide Harvey Weinstein with a shot, which she placed in his jacket pocket or in a brown paper bag.
Wait, that’s not the most sickening part. THIS is:
Another “task” Ms. Rehal was forced to do to aid Harvey Weinstein’s sexual encounters was to clean up the semen on the couch in Harvey Weinstein’s office. This happened on a regular basis, three or so times a week when Harvey Weinstein was in New York.
I’m not sure what’s more incredible: That a man would expect someone to do this at all, or that he thought that he would always get away with it.
In the filing (which also names the Weinstein Company and Harvey Weinstein’s brother, Bob, as defendants), Rehal alleges that Weinstein’s behavior was well known within the company, and that he frequently—in the office—would call her a “cunt” or a “pussy.” One of his favorite questions, Rehal says, was “What’s wrong, Sandeep? Is the tampon up too far today?”
A Weinstein spokeswoman told The Hollywood Reporter, “Mr. Weinstein categorically denies these claims and his lawyers will respond in the appropriate legal forum with evidence proving they are untrue.”
Rehal and her attorneys are asking that Harvey and Bob Weinstein, as well as the Weinstein Company, face a trial by jury in New York federal court, and that she be rewarded damages to be determined at trial.