Harvey Weinstein has faced a series of allegations since news first broke alleging he had sexually harassed and/or assaulted the likes of Ashley Judd and Rose McGowan, among other women, during his lengthy career as a Hollywood producer. Other, more recent, allegations followed, and this week, British actress Kadian Noble filed a civil suit in court that notes Harvey Weinstein reportedly forced her into sexual acts back in 2014, while she was abroad. The suit claims that The Weinstein Company violated federal sex trafficking law thanks to the reported encounter between Weinstein and Noble.
The alleged encounter occurred at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival. At the time, Kadian Noble says she thought Harvey Weinstein was going to be able to make her a big name in Hollywood. He asked her to come to his hotel room at the film festival, mentioning a potential movie role. After she went upstairs to his room at the Majestic Hotel, she says he touched her inappropriately and sexually assaulted her in a bathroom.
Kadian Noble's lawyer, Jeff Herman, filed a lawsuit this week and has noted to USA Today that he believes fits into the definition of Federal Sex Trafficking Law. He says the reason it fits is because it "allows" his team to file a claim in the US that actually occurred while overseas. The Cannes Film Festival happens in Cannes on the French Riviera.
The actress spoke out on CBS News this morning to share her story, noting that she hasn't been the same person since the incident.
I'm not the same person, you know. I've had to have counseling. Just so much. But I've had to keep it to myself. I've kept it to myself.
The alleged incident shares some of the similarities of previous allegations against Weinstein. It involves a hotel room, a discussion about a role, some unwanted touching, with a goal toward a sexual encounter. One key point in this particular story involves the Weinstein Company itself. The actress claims she called a producer for the Weinstein company who told her to be a "good girl." The company has repeatedly denied knowledge of or involvement in Weinstein's sexual behavior. If it were proven to be complicit, it would likely open the door to more lawsuits and legal exposure for the company.
The Weinstein Company has sold off popular movies like Paddington 2 in the wake of the Harvey Weinstein scandal. Dealing with debts and mounting pressure, some analysts have expected the company to file for bankruptcy, but that hasn't happened, yet. Last week, TWC continued to attempt to sell off major properties as The Weinstein Company brand is rather toxic in Hollywood right now. The Weinstein Company fired Harvey Weinstein back in October after numerous allegations surfaced.
As many of the allegations against Harvey Weinstein have a legal component, these cases will likely take years to play out. We'll update you as major developments continue to break.