Harvey Weinstein Accused of Sex Trafficking in New Lawsuit

Aspiring actress says that disgraced film producer sexually assaulted her in Cannes after promising her a role

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Disgraced film producer Harvey Weinstein has been hit with another lawsuit, this time by an aspiring actress who accuses Weinstein of sex trafficking.

The suit also names The Weinstein Company and Bob Weinstein.

“This is a civil action for damages under the federal sex trafficking statute … arising from Defendant Harvey Weinstein’s sexual assault of Plaintiff Kadian Noble, in Cannes, France,” the suit, filed in federal court in New York on Monday, reads. “Harvey Weinstein, traveling in foreign commerce, recruited and enticed a young aspiring actress, Plaintiff Kadian Noble, with the promise of a film role, knowing that he would use means of force, fraud or coercion to cause her to engage in a sex act in his hotel room. Defendants Bob Weinstein and the Weinstein Company LLC participated in this venture of Harvey Weinstein, knowing, or in reckless disregard of the fact, that he would use force, fraud or coercion to engage aspiring young actresses in sexual activity.”

According to the suit, Weinstein first told Noble that he had a role in mind for her during a trip from the U.S. to London.

In February 2014, the suit alleges, Weinstein asked Noble to come to his hotel room in Cannes, where Weinstein began massaging her, then groped her breasts while she exclaimed “No, Harvey, no!”

According to the suit, Weinstein went on to rub Noble’s breast and buttocks, pull her shirt down and ultimately forced her to masturbate him.

“Harvey Weinstein actively had no intention of following through with his promise of a role in a TWC project,” the suit reads. “Instead, he used this ploy as a fraudulent means of obtaining sexual gratification.”

TheWrap has reached out to The Weinstein Company for comment on the suit. A representative for Weinstein told TheWrap, “Mr. Weinstein denies allegations of non-consensual sex. Mr.  Weinstein has further confirmed that there were never any acts of retaliation against any women for refusing his advances.”

The suit seeks unspecified damages.


Pamela Chelin contributed to this report.