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Harvey Weinstein Sued for Sex Trafficking by British Actress Kadian Noble

Weinstein Company staff aided in the trafficking by arranging auditions for young female actors "using the code FOH"—for "Friend of Harvey"—the suit states.

SC/AAD/starmaxinc.com/NewscomSC/AAD/starmaxinc.com/NewscomBritish actress Kadian Noble has accused Harvey Weinstein of sex trafficking in a new federal civil action. Noble's complaint says the movie mogul sexually assaulted her in his Cannes hotel room in 2014 after they had been in touch about a potential acting gig. But Weinstein "had no intention of following through" with initial talk of casting her in a Weinstein Company project, claims Noble, who is seeking damages under U.S. sex-trafficking law.

"Instead, he used this ploy as a fraudulent means of obtaining sexual gratification," luring her to his hotel room where he allegedly "forced her hand to masturbate him" until he "ejaculated onto the bathroom floor."

Noble's complaint, filed today with the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, employs an unusual interpretation of "commercial sex act," which is most commonly used to refer to prostitution. Federal sex-trafficking law prohibits causing someone to engage in a commercial sex act by means of force, fraud, or coercion (or at all if they're under 18).

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. And Noble allges that The Weinstein Company and Bob Weinstein were complicit in Harvey's acts, making them participants in a sex-trafficking venture.

Using language common among cops and anti-trafficking activists, the suit accuses Weinstein of "grooming" Noble before trafficking her. It also tells a familiar story, one that echoes other allegations against Weinstein from women in the entertainment industry.

The suit says Weinstein told Noble he had a role in mind that would "be good for you," introduced her to his executive assistant, had her bring a reel of her work to his London office, and promised her a role in a Weinstein Company project.

Noble's contact with Weinstein "was of tremendous significance to the future of her acting career," since Weinstein was "a gatekeeper of enormous influence in the entertainment industry, and had the power to advance her career exponentially through auditions, readings, introductions and consideration for roles, in addition to roles in [The Weinstein Company] projects," states the complaint.

But later, "in or about February, 2014," Weinstein allegedly approached Noble at Le Majestic Hotel in Cannes, France, and asked her "to come to his hotel room to review her reel with her and discuss further steps in securing the role he had previously targeted for her." Once there, he asked her to sit on couch while they watched the reel and, as they watched, began massaging her before gripping her shoulders and telling her "that she needed to relax, and if she did, his people would have all of her details and would 'take care of everything' for her," the suit states.

HARVEY WEINSTEIN then called an unnamed TWC producer in the United States and put him on the phone with [Noble]. The TWC producer told [Noble] that she needed to be "a good girl and do whatever he wished", and if she did, then "they would work" with her further.

In detail, Noble's complaint describes how Weinstein allegedly had her parade around in front of him for "audition purposes," groped her breasts, pulled her into the bathroom, and began "to rub [Noble's] breast and buttocks." The suit says that Noble "told him to stop and attempted to leave the bathroom, but Harvey Weinstein blocked her exit."

Despite her repeated objections, Weinstein allegedly pulled down his pants and began masturbating as while "rubbing her vagina," eventually forcing her hand "to masturbate him" until he "ejeaculated onto the bathroom floor." As she left, Weinstein supposedly said that "his people" would be in touch with her.

Noble's complaint calls The Weinstein Company complicit in this activity, since it either knew or "was in reckless disregard of the facts" that Weinstein recruited young female actors to visit him—sometimes via interstate or international travel—using false pretenses, promising an acting opportunity and then coercing or forcing sexual activity. By 2014, the company "had been privy to multiple claims in which such acts were alleged" against Weinstein, it states.

Furthermore, Weinstein Company employees "aided the commercial sex acts by facilitating the auditions and roles for these young female actors" using the code FOH—"Friend of Harvey"—alleges Noble. The Weinstein Company "employees knew to 'take care' of the FOH's."

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  • BestUsedCarSales||

    "employees knew to 'take care' of the FOH's."

    Aww, they took care of them. They weren't all monsters.

  • Palin's Buttplug||

    Harvey needs to get some pointers from The Donald. His game is shit.

  • Brian||

    He needs some Billy Bob tips.

    At this point, Bill Clinton would have everyone feeling sorry for him.

  • Diane Reynolds (Paul.)||

    The truth about Harvey needs to be told.

  • Teddy Pump||

    The Truth is he is not only a criminal, but one really ugly Jew Basterd!!!

  • MarkLastname||

    Do tell us your opinion on whataboutism.

  • Crusty Juggler||

    until he "ejeaculated onto the bathroom floor."

    Not a misspelling, it's a little-known term for a powerful man's weak orgasm.

    Also, somehow a bathroom floor is a creepier place to cum than a basement ficus.

  • Diane Reynolds (Paul.)||

    Slow down, Chaucer, I'm trying to take notes...

  • Crusty Juggler||

    If they had told me in school that I could make attractive young woman watch me pee, shower, and jerk me off no matter what I looked like if I was successful I would have studied more. Or, you know, become a ruthless Hollywood executive.

  • Charles Easterly||

  • Dead inside||

    It also helps to be a Jew.

  • Crusty Juggler||

    What if you are not a Jew but you are circumcised?

  • Eidde||

    It helps to be rich and powerful, regardless of foreskin preference.

    Also a willingness to abandon whatever religion you had. Unless your religion is the Church of Jerking Off.

  • Eidde||

    But enough about the Episcopalians.

  • BestUsedCarSales||

    Daaaamn. Coming in with the esoteric Christian sect burn. Good shit.

  • Citizen X - #6||

    Q. Why aren't Episcopalians any good at chess?

    A. Because they can't tell a bishop from a queen. Oh snap!

  • Citizen X - #6||

    At my house, we call it "every third Thursday."

  • wef||

    Breach of contract, maybe.

  • Eidde||

    De Minimis Non Curat Lex.

  • Crusty Juggler||

    Weinstein Company employees "aided the commercial sex acts by facilitating the auditions and roles for these young female actors" using the code FOH—"Friend of Harvey"—alleges Noble. The Weinstein Company "employees knew to 'take care' of the FOH's."

    I can't wait for this years' Oscars!

  • BYODB||

    Please note that Weinstein isn't in prison. I think that says the most about the whole thing.

  • Eidde||

    You mean if he was Buford Jenkins from Opelika, Alabama he might have been locked up by now?

    That's crazy talk!

  • Eidde||

    (Or Roy Moore if the statute of limitations is still running and the charges are true)

  • Eidde||

    Kadian Noble...hmm, yes, would...have a mutually consensual relationship.

    And she wouldn't have to worry about my Hollywood clout, because I scarcely even watch their movies much less have influence in their studios.

    That's right, I'm powerless and safe, so she should totally call me.

  • Eidde||

    But if she would prefer that I generate a more "bad boy" vibe, I can go get a pair of sunglasses.

  • BestUsedCarSales||

    Chicks dig complete powerlessness.

  • Eidde||

    But I know the doorman at Arby's, I can get us a good table.

  • Eidde||

    By the way, Ms. Noble, is this still your number?

  • Diane Reynolds (Paul.)||

    No, no they don't.

  • SIV||

    young female actors

    Whatever happened to "actress" and "starlet" ?

  • BestUsedCarSales||

    'Starlet' personally still sounds really old to me. As for 'actress', no idea. I still see people use it.

  • Diane Reynolds (Paul.)||

    There's no biological difference between an actor and an actress. Fact.

  • Eidde||

    Is Weinstein ever in for a surprise!

  • Citizen X - #6||

    Have you seen SIV's blog? Every model on there had died of old age by the turn of the millennium. "Starlet" is as current as it gets.

  • Eidde||

    Ingenues?

    Or as Weinstein allegedly if the charges are true would say, "fresh meat."

  • MarkLastname||

    Thespians?

  • Longtobefree||

    So that is what the "T" in LBGQT stands for -- --

  • John C. Randolph||

    Does the complaint imply that Harvey would be in the clear if he had given her a role?

    -jcr

  • Eidde||

    A position on his staff?

    No, sorry, that was a recycled Bill Clinton joke.

  • JuanQPublic||

    That's an important question. Was the result of getting or not getting the role the criteria for which this is supposed to be determined?

  • Ama-Gi Anarchist||

    Ya know given Weinstein's money and power, he could have paid hot porno actresses and/or cam girls to do whatever freaky shit he wanted. And I mean, seriously, HOT cam girls. So, really, why take the chance?

  • Eidde||

    Regular whores don't do it for him. If he isn't debauching an actress, he can't get it up to the full two inches.

  • John C. Randolph||

    It would seem that he gets off on the bullying, not the sex. What a twisted little jackass.

    -jcr

  • Ama-Gi Anarchist||

    True, but it seems like it would be safer with a cam girl. All nice and legal as long as he doesn't make a fucking snuff film or whatever. He can creepily fondle her while flogging his dolphin and not be headed for court as long as it was filmed with the intention of being a porno (even if it was never released). I guess I just can't see why he would be that fucking stupid. But then again, people with money/power often do the stupidest shit imaginable when there are easier ways to get what you want.

  • Zeb||

    I think it must be about the power. A simple economic transaction isn't good enough.

  • Eidde||

    De Minimis Non Curat Lex.

    Which being translated means...NSFW.

  • Ken Shultz||

    "Noble's complaint calls The Weinstein Company complicit in this activity, since it either knew or "was in reckless disregard of the facts" that Weinstein recruited young female actors to visit him—sometimes via interstate or international travel—using false pretenses"

    So, they're actually suing the Weinstein Company? Federal courts don't have jurisdiction over what Weinstein does in France so much as The Weinstein Company is responsible for their own complacency here in the U.S.

    Sounds like it's basically a form of negligence, sort of like maintaining an attractive nuisance.

    All those people bidding for the Weinstein Company better take another hard look. B of A shareholders may have thought they were getting a bargain in Countrywide--they ended up on the hook for all those mortgage backed securities Countrywide sold and vouched for way back when. Weinstein was so prolific, this will probably end up being a class action, too. Might as well wait to buy their assets out of bankruptcy court.

  • Longtobefree||

    No money changed hands.
    Where is the 'commercial' part of the commercial sex transaction, other than in the mind of the plaintiff?
    Oh, never mind, New York.

  • Dan S.||

    If he did what she claims, it's disgusting, and yes, it's a crime. But is it "sex trafficking"? Not by any reasonable definition of that term. Applying that term so broadly robs it of the specific meaning that makes it such a horrible thing.

  • This Machine Chips Fascists||

    Maximization of Victimization

  • JuanQPublic||

    That's one of the huge casualties of what's going on. "Bad stuff" isn't equal. When no regard for distinctions are being made between, say, sexual harrassment and forcible rape, it dilutes the meaning of rape and trivializes the seriousness of it (see the sex trafficking issue).

    The moral panic component of this could ultimately undermine a lot of the actual good that has been done from speaking out. That's an awful thing, but leave it to big media and social media to do it.

  • damikesc||

    Without a gun...how do you "force".somebody to give a hand job?

  • Citizen X - #6||

    You don't think a beefy dude like Harvey could physically overpower some little actress?

  • damikesc||

    He grabbed her hand, placed it around his dick, and then jerked himself off using her hand? That seems a bit implausible. Not saying impossible, but it seems unbelievably unlikely or that she would be quiet while doing so.

  • Longtobefree||

    Cool. A British actress is using the US courts for acts alleged in France.
    Maybe she should be taking this to the UN?

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