Weinstein Accused of Sex Trafficking

British woman files suit under US trafficking law
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 28, 2017 4:07 AM CST
Updated Nov 28, 2017 6:33 AM CST
Weinstein Accused of Sex Trafficking
Harvey Weinstein speaks during a press conference for the film "Woman in Gold" at the 2015 Berlinale Film Festival in Berlin.   (AP Photo/Michael Sohn, File)

The range of foul behavior Harvey Weinstein is accused of has now expanded to include sex trafficking. British actress Kadian Noble, who says Weinstein forced her to perform sexual acts in a hotel room during the Cannes film festival in 2014, filed a lawsuit against the disgraced producer, his brother Bob, and the Weinstein Company on Monday. The lawsuit says the company violated federal sex trafficking laws by facilitating Weinstein's foreign travels, during which he would "recruit or entice female actors into forced or coerced sexual encounters on the promise of roles in films or entertainment projects." The suit alleges that a producer at the company told Noble to be "a good girl and do whatever he wished."

Jeff Herman, Noble’s lawyer, tells USA Today that he believes the facts of the case make filing under the federal law appropriate. "The benefit of filing under this federal law is that it allows us to bring a claim in the United States for an assault that occurred overseas and it has a 10 year statute of limitations," he says. Another British woman has filed a lawsuit against Weinstein in the UK, accusing him of multiple sexual assaults, the Guardian reports. The woman's lawyer, Jill Greenfield, says that with dozens of women on both sides of the Atlantic accusing Weinstein of sexual assault, the claim could become a group action. (Uma Thurman had a chilling Thanksgiving message for Weinstein.)

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