Federal suit filed against Harvey Weinstein for alleged 'sex trafficking' in Cannes
Harvey Weinstein continues to deny all allegations.
The doors seem to be closing in on fallen Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein. Following a flurry of sexual assault allegations, a federal suit has now been filed against Weinstein accusing him of "violating sex trafficking laws."
The suit, filed by aspiring British actress Kadian Noble on Monday, alleges that Weinstein forced her into sexual acts during the Cannes Film Festival in 2014.
What is really shocking is that the suit, obtained by USA Today, claims The Weinstein Company violated federal sex trafficking law "by benefiting from, and knowingly facilitating" Weinstein's foreign business travels in which he would "recruit or entice female actors into forced or coerced sexual encounters on the promise of roles in films or entertainment projects."
Jeff Herman, Noble’s lawyer, told USA Today in a statement: “I filed under the Federal sex trafficking law because I believe the facts as alleged in the complaint fit squarely within the statute. The benefit of filing under this Federal law is that it allows us to bring a claim in the United States for an assault that occurred overseas and it has a 10-year statute of limitations.”
Detailing her ordeal, Noble said that she was summoned to the producer's hotel room at Cannes Film Festival in 2014 to talk about a role. He began massaging her shoulders and told her to "relax." According to the complaint, Weinstein called an unnamed Weinstein Company producer, who told the actress that she needed to be “a good girl and do whatever (Weinstein) wished,” and if she did, “they would work” with her further. Weinstein then began groping her, pulled her into a bathroom, and forced her to masturbate him.
Weinstein has denied all allegations of sexual assault and continues to maintain that stance even in this case. “Mr. Weinstein denies allegations of non-consensual sex," his representative Holly K. Baird told USA Today in a statement, and added, "Mr. Weinstein has further confirmed that there were never any acts of retaliation against any women for refusing his advances.”
Meanwhile, facing disciplinary action from the Directors Guild of America, Weinstein has announced that he's resigning from the entertainment guild.
Weinstein confirmed his resignation on Monday and said he has "nothing but the utmost respect for the organization" in a statement sent to USA Today by his publicist Holly Baird.
"As directors and team members who solve problems for a living, we are committed to eradicating the scourge of sexual harassment on our industry," said president Thomas Schlamme. "Unless we recognize what has become so acceptable in our culture and how we possibly, even unconsciously, are participants, everything else will be meaningless."
On October 13, The Directors Guild announced it had filed disciplinary charges against Weinstein.
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