Harvey Weinstein Is Being Sued for Sex Trafficking
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Just because media attention is now dispersed among the many
bad men polluting our society doesn’t mean things aren’t
continuing to get darker for Harvey Weinstein. As of this week,
he can now add “sex trafficking” to the list of claims
eternally mounting against him.
British actress Kadian Noble filed a complaint in New York
federal court against Weinstein on Monday morning, alleging
that he sexually assaulted her in a hotel room in France around
the time of the 2014 Cannes Film Festival. But unlike
Weinstein’s domestic offenses, this one could potentially
violate federal sex trafficking statutes.
According to the complaint,
obtained by Deadline:
“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 unspecified damages seeking 11-page complaint that names
Weinstein, along with his brother Bob Weinstein and the
struggling Weinstein Company states (read
“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. “Harvey Weinstein ultimately forced Kadian
into sexual acts.”
Sex trafficking is
defined under federal law as the recruitment, harboring,
transportation, provision or obtaining of any person “for the
purpose of a commercial sex act.” A commercial sex act is
considered “any sex act on account of which anything of value
is given to or received by any person.” The suit alleges that
Weinstein sexually assaulted Noble at the Cannes hotel Le
Majestic, ostensibly in exchange for help with her career.
“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,” Noble’s
told NBC News. “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.”
The suit also names as defendants The Weinstein Company and
Weinstein’s brother Bob, on the basis that they allegedly
helped cover up Weinstein’s encounters.
Currently, Weinstein is under investigation by the NYPD, the
LAPD, the Beverly Hills Police and UK police.