NEW YORK (AP) — A lawyer for an aspiring actress suing Harvey Weinstein says the film producer is a “pimp in a tuxedo.”
Attorney Jeff Herman made the claim during arguments Wednesday while asking a New York judge to let Kadian Noble’s lawsuit proceed.
The suit alleges she was abused by Weinstein in Cannes, France, in 2014.
Herman has said Noble sued under a criminal sex trafficking statute because Weinstein is a U.S. citizen who coerced Noble under the guise of helping her career.
Weinstein’s lawyer says the actress tried to advance her career through a sexual encounter and cannot claim she’s a sex trafficking victim.
Federal Judge Robert Sweet said the lawsuit was a unique use of the sex trafficking law and will rule at a later date whether to toss out the claim.