A juror for Harvey Weinstein, who boasted that he “single-handedly” returned the verdict of guilty in the sexual assault trial of the disgraced film executive, is said to have drugged and raped two women, according to a lawsuit.
The women, who are not publicly identified, each allege their separate assaults first occurred when they were having a drink with Steven Brecher, 55, and quickly passed out, they countered in the lawsuit in Manhattan federal court her former employer, the Milan-based liquor company Fratelli Branka.
Brecher, 55, the former CEO of Fratelli subsidiary Branca USA, allegedly coerced the women into ongoing sexual relationships and threatened to lose their jobs if the truth came out, they allege in the lawsuit
Brecher — who has not been criminally charged — has spoken shamelessly about his seven weeks on the jury that convicted Weinstein of rape in February 2020, the women said in court filings.
Brecher is said to have told one of the victims “that he saw women on the subway tearfully reading about the Weinstein verdict and reflecting on their own sexual abuse, and that they had him to thank for this.” judgment single-handedly,” they said in court documents. Brecher will not be sued, but was identified as the women’s attacker in the lawsuit.
Jane Doe 1, a Pennsylvania resident who oversaw the state’s Branca USA market, first met Brecher in 2019, she said in court filings.
Jane Doe, 1, 29, was engaged and had just bought her wedding dress when she and the married crusher met up to visit bars and restaurants selling Branca produce.
She blacked out after leaving her third ward, waking up naked next to Brecher in a strange hotel room physically ill and bleeding from her anus, she claims in court filings. Jane Doe 1 said she feared losing her job if she reported the incident.
The woman claims a similar incident happened two months later when she was traveling to New York for a company event, had a drink and took a cab back to her hotel, only to have Brecher follow her into the vehicle.
“Her next memory is waking up naked and confused in his apartment on the Upper East Side,” she claimed in the filing.
Months later, Brecher’s executive assistant, who was apparently known at the company as “his Ghislaine Maxwell,” began “nursing” the second victim, according to the lawsuit.
Brecher is said to have invited the 27-year-old to a drink with the assistant in the office of another Branca manager. The assistant slipped out, and the woman said she passed out, only to have Brecher tell her that if she filed a complaint, “You know Milan would shut down this company.”
The assistant, who is not named in the court filings, texted both women and downplayed Brecher’s behavior, they allege.
The two women “started talking and realized they’d had similar experiences with the CEO … especially when they learned that he’d accused them both of swearing at him when they woke up next to him without remembering the night before.” remember,” the lawsuit said.
“In my 17 years as an employment lawyer, I have never heard of such egregious behavior in the workplace,” said Orit Goldring, a women’s advocate.
After ignoring several complaints from other Branca superiors about Brecher’s behavior towards women, Branca eventually terminated him. Both women, who are seeking unspecified damages, later resigned.
Branca USA did not respond to messages. Brecher could not be reached.
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