Actress Sues Harvey Weinstein... Under Sex Trafficking Law?
It's been a whole ten minutes since we last hear about Harvey Weinstein. Prepare your eye holes. TMZ is reporting an actress filed a complaint against Weinstein, claiming she was sexually assaulted by him in Cannes. What makes this different from all the other women Harvey's has assaulted? This suit is being filed under federal sex trafficking law.
Because really, Harvey Weinstein hasn't been sleazy enough up until this point (see Harvey Weinstein Used Former Intelligence Officers to Blackmail Victims and This Actress’s Harvey Weinstein Story is One of The Worst Yet).
The actress has a pretty detailed account.
Kadian Noble, an aspiring actress, claims Harvey met her in London and told her he could help launch her career. She says in February 2014, they were both in Cannes when he asked her to come to the Le Majestic Hotel where he would review her reel and discuss her future.
Kadian says Harvey then groped her breasts, and she screamed, "No Harvey, no!" According to the lawsuit, filed by attorney Jeff Herman, she says she felt compelled to comply because of the tangible and intangible benefits she would get from a "favorable relationship" with Harvey.
The actress says it didn't stop ... Harvey forcibly pulled her into the bathroom and started rubbing her breast and buttocks. She attempted to leave, she says, but he blocked the exit.
Forcing his bulbous body onto a non-consenting lady? Sounds like Harvey.
And that's when things really got graphic. Here's where the sex trafficking comes in:
The suit alleges a violation of the sex trafficking statute, which prohibits people from recruiting people to engage in a sex act through means of force, threats of force, fraud or coercion in interstate or foreign commerce. The theory is that Weinstein dangled false promises of stardom to obtain sexual gratification.
The statute of limitations for sex trafficking is 10 years. If it turns out to be a viable legal theory, it could open the door to other lawsuits which could not otherwise be filed because of shorter statutes of limitations.
Very interesting. Now, I'm not a lawyer. If you are a lawyer, please chime in under the comments because I'm curious if this a) has any legal standing, or b) is an attorney looking for a yuge settlement out of court.
If it's the former and not the latter? I'd be shocked if this was the only time this happened in Cannes. Shocked!