A federal judge denied an attempt by Harvey Weinstein to have a lawsuit thrown out that accuses him of being a sex trafficker.
The New York Post’s Page Six reports that the Manhattan judge “gave the thumbs-up Tuesday to the suit, which was filed by aspiring British actress Kadian Noble, claiming that the ‘Shakespeare In Love’ producer violated federal laws against sex trafficking when he lured her to his Cannes, France, hotel room with false promises of an acting role for the purpose of sex.”
Weinstein had argued that letting the civil suit proceed “would unfairly expand the federal sex-trafficking statute to all sexual activity occurring between adults in which one party holds a superior position of power and influence,” according to court papers.
“Weinstein also claimed that Noble’s assertions that he engaged in a ‘commercial sex act’ don’t apply to her case because nothing of value was exchanged,” The Post reports.
Noble, who filed suit against Weinstein last year, says the former film mogul invited her to come to the Le Majestic Hotel in Cannes in February 2014 to discuss her film reel.
“Instead, he began massaging her and instructed her to ‘walk up and down the room for him’ as part of an ‘audition’ before assaulting her in the bathroom, she claimed,” The Post reports, adding that Noble said when she resisted his advances, Weinstein told her: “Everything will be taken care of for you if you relax.”
“Judge Robert Sweet’s ruling noted that other courts have applied civil claims of sex trafficking to ‘defendants who have lured women, under false pretenses, with lucrative promises for sexual purposes,'” the report adds.