Harvey Weinstein now accused of violating sex trafficking laws in Cannes

ANI | Updated: Nov 28, 2017 09:03 IST

New York [USA], Nov 28 (ANI): Following numerous allegations of sexual harassment, assault and rape, a British actress has now accused movie mogul Harvey Weinstein of violating sex trafficking laws in Cannes, France.

According to Page Six, aspiring actress Kadian Noble claimed the disgraced producer invited her to his hotel room during the Cannes film festival in 2004 claiming he wanted to cast her in a forthcoming movie.

In the lawsuit, she also claimed that the disgraced studio mogul proceeded to grope her before trapping her in the bathroom and forcing her to perform sexual acts.

According to Noble's lawsuit, she alleges that during the encounter, Weinstein told her, "Everything will be taken care of for you if you relax."

The lawsuit is not aimed only at Harvey Weinstein but also his brother, Bob, and their company the Weinstein Company, citing "reckless disregard" on their parts.

Kadian also noted that Weinstein then called an unnamed Weinstein Company producer in the US, who told Kadian "that she needed to be 'a good girl and do whatever he wished,' and if she did, then 'they would work' with her further."

That's when Weinstein pulled Kadian closer and "groped her breasts," the lawsuit said.

The lawsuit then described the alleged assault, including Weinstein pulling down the actress' shirt, "revealing her breasts," while unbuckling his pants and belt.

In response, Weinstein's spokesperson has denied the claims.

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

The suit comes on the same day as a civil claim in the UK from an anonymous woman, who alleges that she was also sexually assaulted by Weinstein.

The authorities in different cities are collaborating to try and build a legal case against the producer.

Los Angeles detectives have been interviewing witnesses in preparation for a case to present to the district attorney; the NYPD has been investigating two rape complaints; and in London, three other cases are being handled. (ANI)