Harvey Weinstein Accused Of Sex Trafficking In Lawsuit
NEW YORK (CBS News) — A New York lawsuit accusesof sex trafficking by luring an aspiring actress into a French hotel room and sexually assaulting her.
The lawsuit, filed Monday on behalf of actress Kadian Noble, claims the movie producer went to London in 2014 and “groomed” Noble by telling her he had a film role in mind for her. It says later that year he again approached Noble and took her to his room at the Majestic Hotel in Cannes, where he groped her and forced her to watch him masturbate. A spokeswoman for Weinstein has denied the allegations.
The lawsuit was filed under a sex-trafficking statute that has a 10-year limit for filing a complaint against someone who traveled to commit a sexual assault. It seeks unspecified damages.
Earlier this month, New York City police said actress‘s rape allegations against Weinstein were credible and that an investigation was underway.
Chief of Detectives Robert Boyce said Friday that investigators have interviewed de la Huerta. In an interview with CBS News correspondent Jericka Duncan, de la Huerta accused Weinstein of raping her twice in her apartment in 2010.
The allegations by de la Huerta follow accounts ofwho say Weinstein subjected them to treatment ranging from harassment to rape. The office of Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance Jr. told CBS News that they have assigned a senior sex crimes prosecutor to investigate this case.
“A senior sex crimes prosecutor is assigned to this investigation, and the Office has been working with our partners in the NYPD since the new allegations came to light,” a statement read. “As this is an active investigation, we will not be commenting further.”
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