Harvey Weinstein accused of violating sex trafficking laws at Cannes

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"Harvey Weinstein was able to force or coerce Kadian into sexual activity in his hotel room because of his promise to her of a film role and use of his influence on her behalf", states Noble's 11-page federal complaint, filed Monday in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of NY.

An actress has filed a lawsuit against Harvey Weinstein under a federal sex trafficking statue after she claims the disgraced mogul sexually assaulted her during a meeting in France.

It had started with film offers and mentorship in 2014, and in February, the two met in Cannes, France, where Weinstein invited her to his room at Le Majestic Hotel to go over her reel.

In detail, Noble's complaint describes how Weinstein allegedly had her parade around in front of him for "audition purposes", groped her breasts, pulled her into the bathroom, and began "to rub [Noble's] breast and buttocks".

Through tears, Noble claimed his influence in Hollywood and her belief it would crush her chances of success forced her into silence, but said she has been empowered by the dozens of women who have accused him of sexual assault and harassment.

A woman has made the first civil claim at the High Court in London against Harvey Weinstein for alleged rape and sexual assault.

When the horrifying ordeal was over, Weinstein allegedly told her "his people" would be in touch with her.

Kadian Noble
Noble tearful at the New York press conference

The suit says Weinstein told Noble he had a role in mind that would "be good for you", introduced her to his executive assistant, had her bring a reel of her work to his London office, and promised her a role in a Weinstein Company project.

Noble has proceeded to claim that Bob and TWC were equally responsible and had full idea of Harvey's behaviour and intentions with her.

Using language common among cops and anti-trafficking activists, the suit accuses Weinstein of "grooming" Noble before trafficking her. First a civil suit was filed Monday in the United Kingdom alleged sexual assault by the disgraced producer.

Actions that could constitute violations of federal sex trafficking statutes, according to the jury seeking filing.

The company's board has previously said it was blindsided by the sexual misconduct allegations against Harvey Weinstein.

A spokeswoman for Weinstein, 65, said: "Mr Weinstein denies allegations of non-consensual sex". She is also suing Bob Weinstein - Harvey's brother - and the Weinstein Company for allowing Harvey Weinstein to continue with his alleged assaults for years even after others raised concerns with his behavior over the years.

A spokesman for the Directors Guild of America confirmed that Weinstein had resigned, several weeks after president Thomas Schlamme announced disciplinary charges against the tycoon, but refused to comment further.

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