Harvey Weinstein's god-like status stopped me speaking out, British accuser says

Posted November 29, 2017

British actor Kadian Noble, 31, has launched a suit in the USA alleging that the producer assaulted her at the Cannes film festival in 2004, after grooming her in London, under claims he was looking to cast her in a film.

Kadian Noble alleges that Weinstein invited her to his room at the Le Majestic Hotel in Cannes in February 2014, on the pretense of casting her in a movie.

But there he assaulted her in the bathroom, groping her and forcing her to perform a sex act on him despite her protestations and her attempt to flee, according to her lawsuit filed in NY this week. He then pushed her into the bathroom, blocked her exit, groped her all over her body and forced her to perform sexual acts on him.

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.

"The reason why I said nothing for so long is I thought if I ever wanted an opportunity in this industry, how would small me speak of this man saying he's been inappropriate with me, people look at me like who the hell is this girl to say this about this god or powerful influence", she told reporters.

The lawsuit accuses Weinstein of "knowingly recruiting or enticing Kadian, offering her something of value, knowing that he would use this offer as a means to defraud, force or coerce her into a sexual encounter". She is also suing Bob Weinstein - Harvey's brother - and the Weinstein Company for allowing Harvey Weinstein to continue with his alleged assaults for years even after others raised concerns with his behavior over the years. She says Weinstein told her at the time that he had a film role in mind for her.

Instead, according to Kadian, Weinstein grabbed her breasts.

"It seemed like it went on forever", Noble said.

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Civil claims for rape and sexual assault are exceptional in Britain.

Actions that could constitute violations of federal sex trafficking statutes, according to the jury seeking filing.

The complaint then lays out its reasons for naming The Weinstein Company and Bob Weinstein as co-defendants.

"Upon information and belief, the code word among TWC employees "FOH", meant "Friend of Harvey", and referred to a young woman who had participated in sex in exchange for a role or position in an upcoming project", the complaint details.

"TWC employees knew to "take care" of the FOHs".

Ms Greenfield said that where there had not been criminal proceedings against Mr Weinstein, she had advised complainants to... "Mr. Weinstein has further confirmed that there were never any acts of retaliation against any women for refusing his advances".

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 worldwide travel, under false pretenses, promising an acting opportunity and then coercing or forcing sexual activity.