(NEW YORK) — Disgraced movie producer Harvey Weinstein is being accused by an actress of sexual assault and of violating sex trafficking laws in a new lawsuit, Variety reports.
Variety published a copy of a complaint by actress Kadian Noble, filed Monday in federal court in New York, in which Noble claims Weinstein enticed her to into a hotel room in Cannes, France, with the promise of a film role, after which she claims he groped her and forced her to masturbate him.
The suit also names Weinstein’s brother and former business partner, Bob Weinstein, and The Weinstein Company, which, the suit alleges knowingly participated in aiding Weinstein’s behavior and his travel to foreign markets to entice female actresses into sex acts.
A rep for Weinstein repeated the statement Weinstein has previously given to similar allegations, saying, “Mr. Weinstein denies allegations of non-consensual sex. Mr. Weinstein has further confirmed that there were never any acts of retaliation against any women for refusing his advances.”
In a related development, Deadline reports that Weinstein resigned from the Directors Guild of America on Monday ahead of probably expulsion.
In a statement to Deadline, the Guild said only that, “Harvey Weinstein has resigned his membership.”
Last month, DGA President Thomas Schlamme said in a statement that Weinstein was facing internal charges at the Guild, which represents film and television directors and their teams.
Following a flood of accusations of sexual misconduct by numerous women, Weinstein was let go by The Weinstein Co. he co-founded, banned by the Producers Guild of America and expelled by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences, which hands out the Oscars.
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