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 lodge room in France and sexually assaulting her, a federal choose dominated on Tuesday (Aug 14).
US 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 stated 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 certainly one of greater than 70 ladies, principally younger actresses and different ladies employed within the film business, who have accused Weinstein of sexual misconduct, together with rape, in a collection of incidents relationship again many years.
Weinstein, who was one of the crucial highly effective figures in Hollywood earlier than the accusations surfaced in October, is individually dealing with prison rape and sexual assault prices in Manhattan state courtroom over allegations by three different ladies.
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 legal professionals 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 embody the alleged encounter as a result of Noble was given nothing of worth.
They stated 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 stated in Tuesday’s opinion that Weinstein’s guarantees have been invaluable to Noble and that his argument “does not reflect modern reality.”
The accusations in opposition to Weinstein sparked the #MeToo social media motion that has seen tons of of ladies publicly accuse highly effective males in business, politics and leisure of sexual harassment and abuse, lifting a shroud that had lengthy shielded such habits.
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.