Harvey Weinstein sued for alleged 'sex trafficking' in Cannes

Actor Kadian Noble has accused the disgraced producer of sexual assault during the film festival in 2004

Harvey Weinstein at the Cannes film festival earlier this year. Photograph: Yann Coatsaliou/AFP/Getty Images

Harvey Weinstein has been accused of violating sex trafficking laws as an aspiring actor has launched a lawsuit against him.

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Actor Kadian Noble has accused the disgraced producer of sexual assault during the film festival in 2004, violating sex trafficking laws

Kadian Noble alleges that the disgraced producer invited her to his hotel room during the Cannes film festival in 2004 claiming that he wanted to cast her in a forthcoming movie. She claims that he proceeded to grope her before trapping her in the bathroom and forcing her to perform sexual acts.

Noble’s suit alleges that during the encounter, he told her: “Everything will be taken care of for you if you relax.” The suit is aimed not only at Harvey Weinstein but also his brother, Bob, and their company the Weinstein Company, citing “reckless disregard” on their parts.

The suit details the involvement of an unnamed producer at the company who spoke to Noble on the phone, instructing her to be “a good girl and do whatever he wished”.

In response, Weinstein’s spokesperson has denied the claims. “Mr Weinstein denies allegations of non-consensual sex,” his representative said. “Mr Weinstein has further confirmed that there were never any acts of retaliation against any women for refusing his advances.”

The suit arrives in the same day as a civil claim in the UK from an anonymous woman who alleges that she was also sexually assaulted by Weinstein.

Both cases arrive after dozens of other women around the world have revealed similar stories about their experiences with Weinstein, including Gwyneth Paltrow, Angelina Jolie and Rose McGowan.

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