NEW YORK (Reuters) – Movie producer Harvey Weinstein should face a civil lawsuit by a British actress who has accused him of violating intercourse trafficking legal guidelines by inviting her to a resort room in France and sexually assaulting her, a federal choose dominated on Tuesday.
FILE PHOTO: Aspiring British actor Kadian Noble, who has filed a lawsuit towards Harvey Weinstein in New York federal courtroom accusing the film producer of intercourse trafficking by inviting her to a resort room in France and sexually assaulting her, seems at a news conference in New York City, New York, U.S., November 28, 2017. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson/File Photo
U.S. District Judge Robert Sweet in Manhattan on Tuesday denied Weinstein’s movement to dismiss the lawsuit, which was filed final yr by Kadian Noble. The choose mentioned that whereas the case was “not an archetypal sex trafficking action, the allegations plausibly establish” that Weinstein violated the federal Trafficking Victims Protection Act.
Lawyers for Weinstein and Noble couldn’t instantly be reached for remark.
Noble is one among greater than 70 girls, principally younger actresses and different girls employed within the film business, who have accused Weinstein of sexual misconduct, together with rape, in a sequence of incidents relationship again a long time.
Weinstein, who was probably the most highly effective figures in Hollywood earlier than the accusations surfaced in October, is individually dealing with felony rape and sexual assault costs in Manhattan state courtroom over allegations by three different girls. He has denied ever having non-consensual intercourse.
According to Noble’s lawsuit, 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” in Cannes, France, in 2014.
Weinstein’s attorneys had argued that the case should be dismissed as a result of the intercourse trafficking legislation was meant to cowl “commercial” intercourse acts, which might not embrace the alleged encounter as a result of Noble was given nothing of worth.
They mentioned in a courtroom submitting permitting the case to proceed would imply that the legislation would cowl “all sexual activity occurring between adults in which one party holds a superior position of power and influence.”
Sweet mentioned in Tuesday’s opinion that Weinstein’s guarantees had been invaluable to Noble and that his argument “does not reflect modern reality.”
The accusations towards Weinstein sparked the #MeToo social media motion that has seen lots of of girls publicly accuse highly effective males in business, politics and leisure of sexual harassment and abuse, lifting a shroud that had lengthy shielded such behaviour.
After Weinstein was accused, his eponymous company Weinstein Co fired him and filed for chapter, and he was expelled from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
Reporting By Brendan Pierson in New York; Editing by Bill Trott