Harvey Weinstein accused of violating sex trafficking laws at Cannes

Jenna Warner
November 30, 2017

Gwyneth Paltrow, Angelina Jolie and Cara Delevingne are among the many high-profile figures to join dozens of women accusing the movie mogul of sexual harassment and assault. The actress thought they were going to discuss a role for her.

In a civil action filed in NY on Monday, she claims a violation of USA federal sex trafficking laws by Weinstein, his brother Bob and The Weinstein Company.

The civil suit claims the film producer violated US federal trafficking laws during the incident in Cannes back in 2014.

She waived her right to anonymity to launch the first action seeking damages for a "series of sexual assaults".

"Harvey Weinstein was able to force or coerce Kadian into sexual activity in his hotel room because of his promise to her of a film role and use of his influence on her behalf", the complaint read.

'Harvey Weinstein ultimately forced Kadian into sexual acts'.

Kadian Noble filed a lawsuit with the NY federal court on Monday accusing Weinstein of sexually assaulting her in a hotel room in France. When she rebuffed him, he "forcibly" pulled her into the bathroom, where he pulled down her shirt, unbuckled his trousers and masturbated as he rubbed against her and then forced her hand on his penis, the lawsuit states.

The plaintiff's lawyer, Jeffrey Herman, said he knew of only one other case that attempted to use the law in a similar way but it failed to prove the underlying allegations, meaning the expanded interpretation of the law went untested.

Bob Weinstein is yet to respond to the suit, but has denied any knowledge in his brother Harvey's alleged misconduct. When she tried to leave, Weinstein trapped her in the bathroom, pulled her shirt down and pinned her down, sexually assaulting her. He then started to rub her breast and buttocks, according to the suit.

She alleges Weinstein told her they could work together if she was "a good girl" and did "whatever he wished". She then alleges that he began massaging her shoulders and asked her to walk up and down the room for him "for audition purposes".

"The federal trafficking sex trafficking lawsuit is a very promising and novel legal theory because, at the end of the day, it may be a way to get around a statute of limitations that now might bar a lot of lawsuits against Weinstein", criminal defense attorney Manny Medrano told BuzzFeed News. "Mr. Weinstein has further confirmed that there were never any acts of retaliation against any women for refusing his advances".

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