Weinstein ordered to face sex trafficking lawsuit

Brunilde Fioravanti
Agosto 15, 2018

Sweet said that even if the prospect of a film role, a modeling meeting or a continued professional relationship with Weinstein were not enough to constitute "things of value" necessary under the sex trafficking statute, then her "reasonable expectation of receiving those things in the future, based on Harvey's repeated representations that she would, is sufficient".

Movie producer Harvey Weinstein must face a USA lawsuit by a British actress who has accused him of violating sex trafficking laws by inviting her to a hotel room in France and sexually assaulting her, a federal judge ruled on Tuesday.

Phyllis Kupferstein, a lawyer for Weinstein, said in a statement that her client would seek to appeal the decision.

U.S. District Judge Robert Sweet on Tuesday said that although the case was "not an archetypal sex trafficking action, the allegations plausibly establish" that the former Hollywood producer was acting in violation of the federal Trafficking Victims Protection Act by luring Noble to his room with false promises of a movie role, according to Reuters. We believe these claims are not legally or factually supported, and ultimately will not be sustained'.

A lawyer for Noble could not immediately be reached for comment.

Noble is one of more than 70 women who have accused Weinstein of sexual misconduct, including rape, in incidents going back decades.

A federal judge in NY denied the disgraced movie producer's attempt to dismiss Kadian Noble's case and it will now proceed to trial.

Weinstein, who has been accused by dozens of women, has denied engaging in non-consensual sex.

When they met again in February 2014 in Cannes, the movie producer asked Noble to come to the Le Majestic Hotel to discuss her film reel, the lawsuit said.

Her lawyers in NY have argued that because Weinstein dangled a movie role for Noble before the 2014 assault, he should be liable for damages under a sex trafficking law, which makes it a crime to coerce someone into sex in exchange for something of value.

The judge cited evidence that Weinstein had promised Noble a film role and said "everything would be taken care of".

The accusations against Weinstein sparked the #MeToo social media movement that has seen hundreds of women publicly accuse powerful men in business, politics and entertainment of sexual harassment and abuse.

After Weinstein was accused, his eponymous company Weinstein Co fired him and filed for bankruptcy, and he was expelled from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

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