Harvey Weinstein Is Now Being Sued for Sex Trafficking
- Author: Marlene Weaver Nov 30, 2017,
Nov 30, 2017, 12:26
The company violated USA sex trafficking law by "benefiting from, and knowingly facilitating, the venture in which Harvey Weinstein traveled in foreign commerce to recruit or entice female actors into forced or coerced sexual encounters on the promise of roles", states the lawsuit. Many Hollywood A-list actresses, including, Gwyneth Paltrow, Angelina Jolie, Rose McGowan, Cara Delevingne, Mira Sorvino, and Lupita Nyong'o are among the women to accuse the producer of harassment or assault.
Ms Noble is seeking unspecified damages for "severe injuries and emotional distress, pain and suffering, mental anguish, inconvenience, loss of capacity for the enjoyment of life, inability to lead a normal life, shame and humiliation". She is also suing the Weinstein Co. and brother Bob, claiming that they were aware of his behaviour, contributing to his foreign travel to recruit women into "forced or coerced sexual encounters".
Now complaint filed in federal court on this side of the Atlantic today by actress Kadian Noble claims Weinstein sexually assaulted her at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival and TWC covered it up for another 'Friend of Harvey'.
Noble, who is being represented by Stuart Mermelstein, claims that she had been in contact with Weinstein about a movie role prior to the hotel room incident and dropped off a reel of her acting work at his London office.
Weinstein spokesperson is still keen on claiming that "any allegations of non-consensual sex are unequivocally denied by Mr. Weinstein". She resisted, exclaiming, "No, Harvey, no", the suit said.
That's when Weinstein pulled Kadian closer and "groped her breasts", the lawsuit said. "Harvey Weinstein ultimately forced Kadian into sexual acts".
Weinstein also asked Kadian to "walk up and down the room for him" as part of an "audition", the lawsuit said.
Bob Weinstein has yet to respond to the suit, but has denied any knowledge in his brother Harvey's alleged misconduct.
"Harvey Weinstein actively had no intention of following through with his promise of a role in a TWC project", says Noble's lawsuit. At that point, s he said he called a producer at The Weinstein Company who said she had to be "a good girl and do whatever he wished". "Mr Weinstein has further confirmed that there were never any acts of retaliation against any women for refusing his advances". "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", he said.