Harvey Weinstein Sued for Alleged Cannes 'Sex Trafficking'

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Noble's attorney, Jeff Herman, said that Weinstein violated federal sex trafficking law when he "enticed and coerced" Noble to go to his hotel room with the promise of helping her career and "he used force, he used coercion, he used fraud to get her to engage in a commercial sex act". According to the complaint, one producer told Kadian on the phone while she was in a hotel with Weinstein that she needed to be a "good girl and do whatever" Weinstein wanted for future work.

The movie mogul groped her breasts and rubbed her vagina before grabbing Noble's hand and forcing her into a sex act, the actress recounted Tuesday.

Noble told CBS News that Weinstein forced her into a bathroom where he sexually assaulted her.

Bob meanwhile is said to have "been privy to multiple claims in which such acts and conduct were alleged against Harvey Weinstein, prior to February, 2014" in the complaint.

The 65-year-old has already been expelled from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, which runs the Oscars, and has resigned from the Producers Guild of America.

The Weinstein Company did not reply to a request for comment from HuffPost.

In this case, Weinstein is accused of using a fraudulent employment opportunity to lure Noble to his hotel room for what he hoped would be quid-pro-quo sex and what turned into a sexual assault.

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The Directors Guild broke with its policy of not disclosing internal affairs by announcing it had filed disciplinary charges against Weinstein on October 13. We must recognize sexual harassment is endemic in our society, and painfully, in our industry.

Weinstein has two directorial credits in IMDb: The Gnomes' Great Adventure (1987) and Playing for Keeps (1986).

"The Weinstein company's board has maintained they were completely unaware of Harvey's crimes, claiming to be blindsided by the plethora of sexual misconduct allegations".

In the claim issued November 23 and obtained by USA TODAY, Weinstein is named as a defendant, along with The Weinstein Company (UK) Limited and The Weinstein Company LLC.

The case could have major consequences for Weinstein because several of his alleged assaults on actresses occurred overseas.

Personal injury lawyer Jill Greenfield represents the accuser, who previously worked for Weinstein, and has filed applied for an anonymity order on behalf of her client who wishes to remain anonymous. The personal injury claim, which is expected to exceed £300,000, is also being made against the Weinstein companies in the United Kingdom and US. However, the claims for sex trafficking can be brought within 10 years of the alleged incident.

Earlier this month, London's Metropolitan Police Service, also known as Scotland Yard, confirmed its 12th report against Weinstein received through its Child Abuse and Sexual Offenses Command's Operation Kaguyak investigation.

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