Harvey Weinstein was slapped with a civil lawsuit Monday charging him with sex trafficking tied to an alleged assault in Cannes, France.
Aspiring actress Kadian Noble’s lawsuit claims Weinstein first “groomed” her for the alleged assault in London, when he told her that “he had a role in mind for her and that ‘it will be good for you.’”
They met again in February 2014 in Cannes, where the troubled movie producer asked her to come to the Le Majestic Hotel “where he would review her reel and discuss her future.”
Once she was inside his hotel room, Weinstein “began massaging Kadian and then gripped her shoulders,” the Manhattan federal lawsuit claimed. “He informed her that she needed to relax, and if she did, his people would have all of her details and would ‘take care of everything’ for her.”
Weinstein also asked Kadian to “walk up and down the room for him” as part of an “audition,” the lawsuit said.
Kadian claims 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.
She resisted but also “felt compelled to comply because of the tangible and intangible benefits” the producer could offer, the lawsuit said.
Weinstein pulled Kadian into the bathroom, where he forced himself on her, the lawsuit alleges.
She “told him to stop and attempted to leave the bathroom, but (he) blocked her exit,” the filing reads.
The lawsuit then describes the alleged assault, including Weinstein pulling down the actress’ shirt, “revealing her breasts,” while unbuckling his pants and belt.
Kadian also is suing Weinstein’s brother, Bob, and their company The Weinstein Company, claiming that they were aware that Harvey had a reputation for forcing or coercing “aspiring young actresses” to engage in sexual activity.
By: Kaja Whitehouse