Harvey Weinstein must face sex trafficking lawsuit from British actress Kadian Noble

Lawrence Kim
August 15, 2018

Disgraced movie producer Harvey Weinstein must face a lawsuit filed previous year accusing him of violating sex trafficking laws, Reuters reported.

The judge gave the thumbs-up Tuesday to the suit, which was filed by aspiring British actress Kadian Noble, claiming that the "Shakespeare In Love" producer violated federal laws against sex trafficking when he lured her to his Cannes, France, hotel room with false promises of an acting role for the objective of sex.

The producer's lawyers pushed for the case to be thrown out, arguing that trafficking laws were meant to cover "commercial" sex acts and did not apply because Noble had not been offered anything of value in the alleged encounter.

FILE PHOTO: Aspiring British actor Kadian Noble, who has filed a lawsuit against Harvey Weinstein in New York federal court accusing the movie producer of sex trafficking by inviting her to a hotel room in France and sexually assaulting her, appears at a news conference in New York City, New York, U.S., November 28, 2017.

But instead he started massaging her and told her walk up and down the room for an "audition" before assaulting her in the restroom, the court heard.

"Everything will be taken care of for you if you relax", Nobel claims he told her when she resisted his advances.

Lawyers for Weinstein and Noble could not immediately be reached for comment.

He also noted that, for an actress, the mere fact of meeting a world-renowned film producer carries value. "The opportunity, moreover, for the actress to sit down with that producer in a private meeting to review her film reel and discuss a promised film role carries value that is career-making and life-changing".

Sweet said in Tuesday's opinion that Weinstein's promises were valuable to Noble and that his argument "does not reflect modern reality".

"He included a footnote at the word "reality", citing sources that explain that the concept of the "'casting couch' - in which aspiring actors and actresses are promised valuable professional opportunities in exchange for sexual favors - has been in the American lexicon for almost a century".

"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", the documents read. Her attorneys alleged that the incident was tantamount to forced prostitution.

But the judge did agree to drop Weinstein's brother, Robert Weinstein, as a defendant, saying that the lawsuit doesn't successfully claim that he knew about his brother's shenanigans.

'It does not mean that there is merit to the case.

But US district judge Robert Sweet said in the ruling released on Tuesday that the case could move forward to trial - a decision that could set a legal precedent.

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