Harvey Weinstein accused of violating sex trafficking laws at Cannes

Kadian Noble told a New York press conference that in May 2016 she confided in one of Harvey Weinstein's assistants that he sexually assaulted in Cannes France in 2014

London civil claim lodged against Weinstein

Harvey Weinstein's latest accuser just held a news conference in which she described the alleged sexual attack in a hotel room.

"Both the assaults and the psychiatric damage cause to the Claimant were caused by the intentional assault by (Weinstein), the negligence and/or breach of the statutory duty and/or breach of contract of the (companies) and/or their Agents and/or their respective predecessors in title", the claim alleges.

Now complaint filed in federal court on this side of the Atlantic today by actress Kadian Noble claims Weinstein sexually assaulted her at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival and TWC covered it up for another 'Friend of Harvey'. "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".

Noble also was made to get on the phone with a person she was told was an executive she claims, with that man instructing her to be 'a good girl and do whatever he wished'.

Noble has proceeded to claim that Bob and TWC were equally responsible and had full idea of Harvey's behaviour and intentions with her. Once there, she alleges that Weinstein started massaging her and then groped her breasts and buttocks. The suit says that Noble "told him to stop and attempted to leave the bathroom, but Harvey Weinstein blocked her exit".

Weinstein then exposed himself as they stood in front of a mirror, assuring the terrified Noble, "Don't worry".

Noble's contact with Weinstein "was of tremendous significance to the future of her acting career", since Weinstein was "a gatekeeper of enormous influence in the entertainment industry, and had the power to advance her career exponentially through auditions, readings, introductions and consideration for roles, in addition to roles in [The Weinstein Company] projects", states the complaint. "Harvey Weinstein ultimately forced Kadian into sexual acts".

"Instead, he used this ploy as a fraudulent means of obtaining sexual gratification", luring her to his hotel room where he allegedly "forced her hand to masturbate him" until he "ejaculated onto the bathroom floor".

The suit argues that based on these events, Weinstein was in violation of sex trafficking laws. Employees even had code words communicating what they expected to occur, the lawsuit states.

A spokesperson for Weinstein told the Guardian the Jewish producer denies any allegations of nonconsensual sex. "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".

The suit says Bob Weinstein and The Weinstein Company "knowingly participated in Weinstein's" trips to foreign countries for such purposes.

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