Disgraced movie producer Harvey Weinstein and his former indie film firm The Weinstein Company have been accused of sex trafficking at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival, court documents have revealed.
Actress Kadian Noble claims, in an 11-page complaint filed Monday with the U.S. District Court Southern District of New York, that Weinstein sexually assaulted her and that it was covered up by The Weinstein Company.
“Harvey Weinstein was able to force or coerce Kadian into sexual activity in his hotel room because of his promise to her of a film role and use of his influence on her behalf,” complaint reads.
“Harvey Weinstein traveled in foreign commerce, 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,” the complaint continues. “Harvey Weinstein ultimately forced Kadian into sexual acts.”
Allegations that Weinstein participated in sex trafficking are based on claims that Weinstein enticed Kadian with the promise of acting roles so long as she complied with his alleged sexual demands.
Women who participated in this were referred to as ‘FOH’s,’ meaning ‘Friend of Harvey,’ and were dealt with accordingly by The Weinstein Company’s employees — one such employee being Harvey’s brother, Bob Weinstein, who has described Harvey as a “very sick man.”
The complaint continues:
TWC knowingly participated in Harvey Weinstein’s venture in violation of 18 U.S.C. §1591 (the sex trafficking statute) by benefiting from, and knowingly facilitating, the venture in which Harvey Weinstein traveled in foreign commerce to recruit or entice female actors into forced or coerced sexual encounters on the promise of roles in films or entertainment projects.
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. TWC employees knew to ‘take care’ of the FOH’s.
Multiple TWC employees participated in the recruitment or enticement of Kadian into a victim of a commercial sex act. In an apparent attempt to entice KADIAN into sex with Harvey Weinstein, an unnamed TWC producer told Kadian that she needed to be ‘a good girl and do whatever [he] wished’, and if she did, then ‘they will work with [her] further.’”
The complaint is but the latest development involving Harvey Weinstein, who remains under investigation by a Los Angeles Police Department’s special taskforce into sexual abuse across Hollywood.
Since the initial allegations against Harvey Weinstein were reported by The New York Times in October, over 50 women have claimed to be victims of his sexual abuse, with allegations ranging from inappropriate behavior to rape.
The Manhattan District Attorney also confirmed that the office is preparing an indictment against Weinstein over claims he raped actress Paz de La Huerta twice in 2010 at her Manhattan apartment.