Kaja Sokola Biography
Kaja Sokola (Kaja Funez Sokola) is a Polish former teen model and actress who has filed a lawsuit accusing Harvey Weinstein of sexually assaulting her when she was 16 years old, in 2002.
Kaja Sokola Age
Sokola is 33 years old as of 2019; she was born on May 4, 1986 in Warsaw, Poland.
Kaja Sokola Psychologist
Sokola is a Psychologist psychotherapist and writer according to her Instagram bio. She specializes in addiction and co-addiction psychotherapy.
“The current in which I work and I approach it
with passion are Gestalt and Existential psychotherapy. I am constantly developing, because what I do is not only my job but also my passion. I try to get the best of every day, remembering to appreciate what I have. I believe
in the uniqueness of every living being, in the power of goodness and beauty that lies within us.” She writes on her website.
She frequently offers advice for those who are struggling with anxiety or trauma on her website.
In one post, she wrote; “…as an addiction therapist from the philosophy of AA, I took the decision [which] means “I will worry about what [happens] today, and tomorrow I will worry about what [happens] tomorrow.” etc. In this way, with everything that surpasses me, I try to cope on a regular basis, facing the “dragons” right away. Focusing all your attention on one specific problem, separating frustrating days and hours into individual worries, trying to clarify what really disturbs me and distracts me most…Stand firmly on the ground and be light on the soul – these are my values, these are the goals.”
Kaja Sokola Harvey Weinstein
Sokola first met Harvey Weinstein in 2002 at a modeling event and at the time she was16 years old. According to her civil complaint, Weinstein learned that she was interested in acting and asked her to lunch. Sokola alleges that instead of going to lunch Harvey took her back to his apartment in New York and forced her to massage his penis.
Kaja Sokola Files Lawsuit Against Harvey Weinstein
Sokola first appeared as an anonymous part in a class-action lawsuit brought against Weinstein in 2017. At the time she was only known as ‘Jane Doe’. Last week after a $25 million settlement agreement was reached between Weinstein and dozens of his accusers, Sokola rejected it and filed a lawsuit seeking an unspecified amount in damages.
“When I was 16 years old, I came to New York from Poland to work as a model and to try to become an actor, which had been my childhood dream. Not long after I arrived in New York, I was sexually abused by Harvey Weinstein. I have been living with the trauma of that day ever since.
I originally filed my case under a pseudonym as part of a class action against Harvey Weinstein, his companies, and associates. But I cannot accept the proposed “global settlement” as fair or just. There is no accountability for the perpetrators, insufficient compensation for all of the victims, and millions of dollars going to people that I believe enabled Weinstein.
Therefore, today I am filing my own case, in my own name, under New York’s Child Victims Act, against Harvey Weinstein and some of his enablers, including Robert Weinstein, Miramax, and Disney, each of whom could have — and should have — stopped Harvey Weinstein before he made me another of his victims.”
In her new lawsuit suit, she alleges that when she was 16 and an aspiring actress Weinstein promised to take her to lunch to discuss his career but he instead took her to his SoHo apartment where he “aggressively and threateningly demanded sex.”
She alleges that Weinstein “instructed her take off her clothes,” and “to touch herself”. She adds that he also took off his pants and, despite her protestations, forced her to touch his penis while he “grabbed at her breasts.”
Sokola alleges that after the alleged assault in 2002 Weinstein blocked her from leaving the apartment. She alleges that Harvey made it clear that refusing his sexual demands meant giving up her opportunity in Hollywood.
“Harvey Weinstein made clear that refusing his sexual demands would mean giving up the opportunity to make it in Hollywood.”
The lawsuit adds that the assault lead to Sokola’s long term depression, anorexia.
“Weinstein’s ongoing emotional abuse and the guilt, shame and anxiety led to Sokola’s long term depression, anorexia and difficulty in maintaining healthy relationships with men.”
In a statement to The Times, Sokola said she “cannot accept the proposed ‘global settlement’ as fair or just. There is no accountability for the perpetrators, insufficient compensation for all of the victims, and millions of dollars going to people that I believe enabled Weinstein …. I know that this lawsuit cannot erase the pain that I have been living with for 17 years. But I do hope to achieve at least some measure of justice that has still been denied to Harvey Weinstein’s many victims.”
Sokola’s lawsuit states that executives of Disney and Miramax, including Bob Weinstein, “were aware of Harvey Weinstein’s pattern of misconduct, but the companies that employed him utterly failed to supervise him, and they continued to empower him with their prestige and resources and allowed him to find more victims, including Kaja Sokola.”