Harvey Weinstein accused of sex trafficking in Cannes

A 31-year-old woman has accused disgraced Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein of sex trafficking, claiming he groomed her in one country and lured her to another with the promise of work only to force her into an unwanted sex act.

UK-based Kadian Noble filed a civil suit, seeking unspecified damages, in New York, accusing Weinstein of "travelling in foreign commerce ... with the promise of a film role, knowing that he would use means of force, fraud or coercion to cause her to engage in a sex act in his hotel room".

The suit also alleges The Weinstein Company and Harvey's brother Bob "knew, or [were] in reckless disregard of the facts" that it was Harvey Weinstein's "pattern and practice ... to travel in interstate and foreign commerce to entice or recruit [or] solicit young female actors with the promise of roles in upcoming TWC projects or use of his influence on their behalf, knowing that he would then use fraud, force or coercion to engage in sex acts with these actors".

Noble's suit alleges Weinstein had "groomed" her in London some time prior to February 2014 by responding to her visit to his office to drop off a showreel with the comment that he "had a role in mind for her and that 'it will be good for you'."

In February 2014, he approached her at the Majestic Hotel in Cannes, France, and asked her to come to his hotel room to watch her demo reel with him, her suit alleges.

In the hotel room, she alleges, Weinstein began to massage her, telling her she "needed to relax", and if she did, his people "would take care of everything" for her.

He then grabbed her breasts, to which she responded by saying "No, Harvey, no". According to the suit, Weinstein then trapped her in the bathroom and forced her to masturbate him until he ejaculated on the floor.

As she left the bathroom, Weinstein allegedly told her "'his people' will be in touch with her, which she understood to refer to the role he had promised and other benefits offered".

Kadian's only listed film credit on imdb is a small role in the 2012 movie Riot on Redchurch Street.

In response to the latest allegations, Variety reports, Weinstein's representative issued a statement that has been used several times before in response to similar allegations.

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

The latest allegation comes a day after it emerged that Weinstein is facing a damages claim in a London court by a woman who accuses the Hollywood producer of sexual assault.

Personal injury lawyer Jill Greenfield said on Monday her client, who hasn't been identified, is seeking damages for "personal injury" plus expenses and "consequential loss" arising out of a series of sexual assaults by Weinstein.

Civil claims for rape and sexual assault are uncommon in Britain. Greenfield's firm, Fieldfisher, said on Monday that this is the first such claim in Britain against Weinstein, who has been accused of sexual harassment and assault by dozens of women.

Papers for the claim have been filed at the High Court, but no date has been set for a hearing.

British police are also investigating several sexual assault claims made by woman against Weinstein.

With wires

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