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Actress Sues Harvey Weinstein For Sex Trafficking

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An actress has filed a lawsuit against Harvey Weinstein, saying that the producer violated sex trafficking laws when he reportedly lured her to a hotel room in France, where he is alleged to have groped and assaulted her.

Actress Kadian Noble's suit said that Weinstein had approached her in London in 2014, where the producer "groomed Kadian by telling her he had a role in mind for her and that 'it will be good for you.'" Later in 2014, Weinstein allegedly invited her to his hotel room in Cannes, under the pretense of watching her demo reel, reported WPIX.

Once in the hotel room, Weinstein is alleged to have groped Noble's rear and breasts before reportedly trapping her in the bathroom and forcing her to watch him masturbate, reports Variety.

According to Noble's suit, Weinstein "knew that the promise of a role or the use of his influence on her behalf would entice Kadian into his hotel room, and knew that once there he was in a position to force the sexual activity he desired."

Noble also said that Weinstein put her on the phone with a producer from the Weinstein Company, who said she had to "be a 'good girl and do whatever he wished,'" and that the company would work with her further if she complied.

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The suit, which seeks unspecified damages, was filed under a 10-year statute of limitations for a complaint against a person who travels to commit a sex crime through coercion.

"Essentially under the statute, if a U.S. citizen goes to another country and uses force to entice a person to engage in a commercial sex act, they violate this law," said Noble's attorney, Jeff Herman, according to NBC. "The offer to help my client with a movie role is certainly something of value. It fits, I think, squarely in the purview of the action."

Herman is also representing actress Dominique Huett, who filed a suit alleging that the Weinstein Company enabled Harvey Weinstein's sexual misconduct.

The lawsuit is reported to have also named the Weinstein Company and Weinstein's brother as co-respondents, saying that they had contributed to Harvey Weinstein's travels during which he found women for "forced or coerced sexual encounters on the promise of roles in films or entertainment projects."

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A spokesperson for Weinstein issued a statement which has been used for similar allegations from other women.

"Mr. Weinstein denies allegations of non-consensual sex," said the spokesperson. "Mr. Weinstein has further confirmed that there were never any acts of retaliation against any women for refusing his advances."

More than 50 women came forward in October and November to accuse Weinstein of sexual harassment or assault. The backlash from the scandals has reportedly led to Weinstein being fired from the Weinstein Company, according to Reuters. Weinstein has also been expelled from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

Sources: WPIX, Variety, NBC, Reuters / Featured Image: David Shankbone/Flickr / Embedded Images: David Shankbone/Flickr, Nick Step/Flickr

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