Harvey Weinstein accused of violating sex trafficking laws at Cannes

Harvey Weinstein accused of violating sex trafficking laws at Cannes

Harvey Weinstein's latest accuser just held a news conference in which she described the alleged sexual attack in a hotel room.

More than 90 women have accused the movie mogul of sexual harassment or abuse, but now British actress Kadian Noble has come forward to file a complaint against Weinstein in NY federal court that may prove Weinstein violated sex trafficking statutes.

Noble, who has a daughter, said that after she first met Weinstein she handed her showreel to his office in London but when she met Weinstein at Cannes' Le Majestic hotel he said they should watch it in his room because he had not seen it.

Noble tried to stop Weinstein's advances but to no avail she claims, as the executive 'forced his leg between Kadian's legs, began rubbing her vagina, and then took his penis out and began masturbating'. "Harvey Weinstein traveled in foreign commerce, knowingly recruiting or enticing Kadian offering her something of value, knowing that he would use this offer as a means to defraud, force or coerce her into a sexual encounter, the complaint adds".

The alleged assault occurred in May 2014 in Cannes, France according to the lawsuit. He then allegedly told her his "people would be in touch".

The claim is listed as damages for personal injury, expenses, consequential loss including aggravated and exemplary damages and interest arising out of a series of sexual assaults inflicted on the claimant by the defendant.

Instead, according to Kadian, Weinstein grabbed her breasts.

If she did that, Noble claims she was told "they would work" together in the future.

He promised her a role but sexually assaulted her after she attempted to show him her showreel at his hotel during the Cannes Film Festival, she told the conference in NY.

There is a statute of limitations of five years when it comes to civil sexual assault claims.

Weinstein then apparently called a TWC producer who told Noble she needed to be "a good girl and do whatever [Weinstein] wished".

The suit argues that based on these events, Weinstein was in violation of sex trafficking laws.

'Upon information and belief, the code word among TWC employees "FOH", meant "Friend of Harvey", and referred to a young woman who had participated in sex in exchange for a role or position in an upcoming project, ' states the court filing. "Mr. Weinstein denies allegations of non-consensual sex", a rep said.

'TWC employees knew to "take care" of the FOH's'.

Noble's complaint calls The Weinstein Company complicit in this activity, since it either knew or "was in reckless disregard of the facts" that Weinstein recruited young female actors to visit him, sometimes via interstate or worldwide travel, under false pretenses, promising an acting opportunity and then coercing or forcing sexual activity.

A spokesman for the Directors Guild of America confirmed that Weinstein had resigned, several weeks after president Thomas Schlamme announced disciplinary charges against the tycoon, but refused to comment further.

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