The legal team for embattled film producer Harvey Weinstein has fired back at a lawsuit filed against him, contending that he didn’t engage in sex trafficking, in part because the plaintiff didn’t say that Weinstein paid for the alleged sexual encounter.
Kadian Noble filed her lawsuit alleging sex trafficking in November, contending that Weinstein enticed her with the promise of a film role. Noble alleges that, in February 2014, Weinstein asked Noble to come to his hotel room in Cannes, where Weinstein began massaging her, then groped her breasts while she exclaimed “No, Harvey, no!”
According to the suit, Weinstein went on to rub Noble’s breast and buttocks, pull her shirt down and ultimately forced her to masturbate him.
However, in court papers filed Tuesday, Weinstein’s legal team accuses Noble of asking the court “to impose a tortured interpretation of an otherwise clear law addressing human slavery, so that she may seek redress in the United States for Harvey Weinstein allegedly sexually assaulting her in Cannes, France in February 2014.”
Women who have accused Harvey Weinstein of sexual harassment or assault
Women who have accused Harvey Weinstein of sexual harassment or assault
Kadian Noble, has filed a lawsuit against Harvey Weinstein in New York federal court accusing the movie producer of sex trafficking by inviting her to a hotel room in France and sexually assaulting her.
Paz de la Huerta, who stars on HBO's 'Boardwalk Empire,' claims Harvey Weinstein raped her on two separate occasions in 2010: "I was in no state. I was so terrified of him," she told Vanity Fair. "I did say no, and when he was on top of me, I said, 'I don't want to do this' ... It was disgusting. He's like a pig."
British actress Lysette Anthony has publicly accused Harvey Weinstein of raping her in her home in the late 1980s.
Amber Anderson said Harvey Weinstein 'behaved inappropriately' and bragged about other actresses he had 'helped' in exchange for sexual favors.
Natassia Malthe has accused Weinstein of raping her in a hotel room. On a separate occasion, after she was assured that Weinstein would not come onto her, she was allegedly escorted to Weinstein's hotel room by an assistant. In the room was another woman, who performed oral sex on Weinstein whil he asked Malthe to join.
Lupita Nyong'o wrote a detailed essay for the New York Times recounting multiple incidents with Weinstein, including an evening during which he asked her to give him a nude massage while his family was in the same home.
Marisa Coughlan said that she planned to meet Weinstein for a meeting at his hotel. Instead, he requested a massage.
Heather Graham said Weinstein told her he had an agreement with his wife that allowed him to sleep with whomever he wants. He then asked him to meet her to discuss a film project at his hotel, falsely telling her that her friend would also be present. She declined.
French actress Judith Godreche has accused Weinstein of inappropriately pressing up against her, trying to remove her sweater and asking for a massage.
Lauren Holly said that during a seemingly normal meeting with Weinstein to discuss a project, he began disrobing, got into the shower, and went to the bathroom while continuing to converse with her. He then allegedly asked her for a massage. She fled.
Angie Everhart said that she was sleeping in her own cabin on a yacht when Harvey Weinstein entered, blocked the door and began masturbating. He told her not to tell anyone, but she "told everyone," including many actors and producers. In response, most told her that it was just Harvey being Harvey. In an interview with TMZ, she emphasized that anyone in the industry who knew Harvey at all knew that he regularly did things like what he allegedly did to her.
Kate Beckinsale has accused Harvey Weinstein of coming onto her in his hotel room when she was 17 years old.
Tara Subkoff said that in the 1990s, on the same day that she was offered a major movie role, she met Harvey Weinstein at a party. He allegedly made her sit on his lap while he had an erection. He then told her that if he did not do certain sexual things, she would not get the role that she'd already been offered. She declined. Afterward, she said, her "reputation was ruined by false gossip" and she found it near impossible to book roles.
Minka Kelly said that Harvey Weinstein offered her a lavish lifestyle in exchange for being his extramarital girlfriend. She declined.
Gwyneth Paltrow told the New York Times that Harvey Weinstein asked her for a massage in his hotel suite. After she told then-boyfriend Brad Pitt, Pitt confronted him, leading Weinstein to contact Paltrow and "scream" at her, she said.
Asia Argento has accused Weinstein of raping her in his hotel room when she was 21. She first reluctantly agreed to give him a massage, and then he forcibly performed oral sex on her. During subsequent encounters, she had consensual sexual relations with him due to fear that he would otherwise ruin her career.
Rose McGowan has publicly accused Harvey Weinstein of rape. In October 2016, she tweeted reference to a studio head raping her. In October 2017, in a tweet to Amazon chief Jeff Bezos, McGowan referred to Weinstein by name while repeating her rape accusation. The alleged incident took place in the 1990s and resulted in a financial settlement.
Cara Delevingne has accused Harvey Weinstein of attempting to coerce her into kissing another woman in his hotel room. She had just begun her acting career and believed they were meeting just to finalize talks for a film role.
Angelina Jolie said she had a "bad experience with Harvey Weinstein in my youth" and refused to work with him subsequently.
Jessica Barth has accused Harvey Weinstein of demanding that she get naked and give him a massage.
Emma de Caunes has accused Harvey Weinstein of unexpectedly getting naked and demanding that she lie down as other women had supposedly done before her.
Lauren Sivan has accused Harvey Weinstein of cornering her in a public space and masturbating to completion in front of her.
Mira Sorvino, seen here at a Weinstein Co. event in January 2017, said that after refusing Harvey Weinstein's advances, he dissuaded others in the industry from hiring her.
Ambra Battilana has accused Harvey Weinstein of groping her breasts and reaching under her skirt. She went to the NYPD and then conducted a sting operation, the audio of which was published by the New Yorker. In the audio, Weinstein can be heard attempting to coerce her to enter his hotel room.
Louisette Geiss has accused Harvey Weinstein of luring her to his hotel room after assuring her he wouldn't hit on her. He then disrobed and repeatedly asked her to watch him masturbate, telling her he would produce her screenplay if she did.
Emily Nestor (far right), a former Weinstein Co. employee, has accused Harvey Weinstein of sexual harassment.
Rosanna Arquette has accused Harvey Weinstein of dissuading others from hiring her after she rejected his sexual advances.
Rose McGowan has publicly accused Weinstein of sexual harassment. She has also accused others in the industry of knowing of Weinstein's misconduct and either actively or passively hiding it.
Ashley Judd has publicly accused Harvey Weinstein of asking her for a massage and then asking her to watch him shower.
Florence Darel has accused Harvey Weinstein of coming onto her in a hotel suite in 1996 while his wife was in the room next door.
Zoe Brock (left, in 2004) has accused Weinstein of getting naked and chasing her around a hotel room after she refused to give him a massage.
Katherine Kendall (right, in 2006) has accused Harvey Weinstein of disrobing and asking for a massage in his apartment after a movie screening, telling her that "everybody does it." He then asked her to at least show him her breasts, which she refused.
Romola Garai has accused Harvey Weinstein of making her feel "violated" when he watched her audition wearing only a bathrobe in his hotel room.
Lea Seydoux has accused Harvey Weinstein of forcibly trying to kiss her on the lips in 2012.
Claire Forlani said she "escaped" Harvey Weinstein on five occasions. He allegedly told her about all the actresses he had slept with and how he had in turn established their careers. He also attempted to get her to give him a massage.
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The court papers continue, “What Plaintiff describes in her Complaint is not unlawful commercial and economic activity as proscribed by the sex trafficking statute she sues under, but purported unwanted sexual activity … While Plaintiff’s Complaint is replete with salacious details regarding alleged sexual activity between Plaintiff and Weinstein, it fails to allege that money or an item of value was exchanged for the purported sex act.”
The papers go on to ask the court to toss Noble’s case, noting, “WHEREFORE, for the reasons set forth above, Defendant Harvey Weinstein’s motion to dismiss Plaintiff’s Complaint as to him with prejudice … should be granted in all respects.”
Weinstein has been accused of sexual misconduct of numerous women. Weinstein has denied the accusations.
Harvey Weinstein and Georgina Chapman together through the years
Harvey Weinstein and Georgina Chapman together through the years
89th Academy Awards - Oscars Vanity Fair Party - Beverly Hills, California, U.S. - 26/02/17 ? Producer Harvey Weinstein and fashion designer Georgina Chapman. REUTERS/Danny Moloshok
Producer Harvey Weinstein and fashion designer Georgina Chapman arrive at the 74th Annual Golden Globe Awards in Beverly Hills, California, U.S., January 8, 2017. REUTERS/Mike Blake
Producer Harvey Weinstein and his wife, fashion designer Georgina Chapman, arrive at the 73rd Golden Globe Awards in Beverly Hills, California January 10, 2016. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni
Producer Harvey Weinstein and his wife, actress Georgina Chapman arrive at the 2014 Vanity Fair Oscars Party in West Hollywood, California March 2, 2014. REUTERS/Danny Moloshok (UNITED STATES - Tags: ENTERTAINMENT)(OSCARS-PARTIES)
Producer Harvey Weinstein and wife, designer Georgina Chapman, arrive at the 2015 Vanity Fair Oscar Party in Beverly Hills, California February 22, 2015. REUTERS/Danny Moloshok (UNITED STATES - Tags:ENTERTAINMENT) (VANITYFAIR-ARRIVALS)
Co-Chairman of the Weinstein Company, Harvey Weinstein, arrives with Georgina Chapman to be honored at the Time 100 Gala in New York, April 24, 2012. The Time 100 is an annual list of the 100 most influential people in the last year complied by Time Magazine. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson (UNITED STATES - Tags: ENTERTAINMENT)
Film producer and Miramax Films co-founder Harvey Weinstein arrives with his with wife, Georgina Chapman, at the 82nd Academy Awards in Hollywood, March 7, 2010. REUTERS/Brian Snyder (UNITED STATES) (OSCARS-ARRIVALS - Tags: ENTERTAINMENT)
Actress Georgina Chapman arrives with producer Harvey Weinstein to attend the premiere of the film "Awake" in New York November 14, 2007. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson (UNITED STATES)
The Weinstein Company Co-Chairman Harvey Weinstein (back L) and wife Georgina Chapman (standing 2nd L) speak to actress Kerry Washington (seated R) at the Governors Ball for the 85th Academy Awards in Hollywood, California February 24, 2013 REUTERS/Lucas Jackson (UNITED STATES - Tags: ENTERTAINMENT) (OSCARS-PARTIES)
Mougins, FRANCE: US producer Harvey Weinstein (L) poses 23 May 2007 upon arriving with girlfriend British actress Georgina Chapman at the amfAR's (American Foundation for AIDS Research) 'Cinema Against AIDS 2007' annual event at Le Moulin de Mougins during the 60th edition of the International Cannes Film Festival in Mougins, southern France. amfAR, The Foundation for AIDS Research, is one of the world's leading nonprofit organizations dedicated to the support of AIDS research, HIV prevention, treatment education, and the advocacy of sound AIDS-related public policy. AFP PHOTO / FRED DUFOUR (Photo credit should read FRED DUFOUR/AFP/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 2: (L-R) Elizabeth Olsen, Harvey Weinstein and Georgina Chapman attend The Weinstein Company with FIJI, Grey Goose, Lexus and NetJets host the after party for 'Wind River' at The Skylark on August 2, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Paul Bruinooge/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
NEW YORK CITY, NY - JUNE 6: Harvey Weinstein and Georgina Chapman attend The 2005 CFDA Fashion Awards at The New York Public Library on June 6, 2005 in New York City. (Photo by Patrick McMullan/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 26: (L-R) Designer Georgina Chapman, Producer Harvey Weinstein, COO of The Weinstein Company David Glasser and Michele Glasser attend the 89th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood & Highland Center on February 26, 2017 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Todd Williamson/Getty Images)
Producer Harvey Weinstein and wife actress Georgina Chapman arrive at the 82nd Annual Academy Awards held at the Kodak Theatre on March 7, 2010 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Mark Sullivan/WireImage)
EAST HAMPTON, NY - JULY 29: (L-R) Daniel Battsek, Georgina Chapman and Harvey Weinstein attend THE CINEMA SOCIETY & THE HAMPTONS FILM FESTIVAL & THE WALL STREET JOURNAL host the after party for THE NIGHT LISTENER at Private Home on July 29, 2006 in East Hampton, NY. (Photo by Billy Farrell/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
NEW YORK - DECEMBER 06: (HOLLYWOOD REPORTER & U.S. TABS OUT) Actress Ziyi Zhang (C), producer Harvey Weinstein (L), and his girlfriend Georgina Chapman (R) attend the 'Memoirs Of A Geisha' New York premiere after party at the Central Park Boathouse on December 06, 2005 in New York City. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Getty Images)
Harvey Weinstein (right) and Georgina Chapman during 2006 Vanity Fair Oscar Party Hosted by Graydon Carter at Morton's in Beverly Hills, California, United States. (Photo by E. Charbonneau/WireImage for Vanity Fair Magazine )
NEW YORK - MAY 14: (l-R) Harvey Weinstein, Georgina Chapman and Rachel Zoe attend the Dior 2008 Cruise collection fashion show on May 14, 2007 in New York City. (Photo by Mat Szwajkos/Getty Images.)
Producer Harvey Weinstein (L) and designer Georgina Chapman attend the TWC/NETFLIX Golden Globe after party, in Beverly Hills, California, on January 10, 2016. AFP PHOTO /CHRIS FARINA / AFP / CHRIS FARINA (Photo credit should read CHRIS FARINA/AFP/Getty Images)
US producer Harvey Weinstein (C) and his wife US actress Georgina Chapman and US producer Jay Weisleder (R) pose as they arrive on May 16, 2016 for the screening of the film 'Hands of Stone' at the 69th Cannes Film Festival in Cannes, southern France. / AFP / LOIC VENANCE (Photo credit should read LOIC VENANCE/AFP/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 19: Kelsey Grammer, Liam McMahon, Alessandra Mastronardi, Georgina Chapman and Harvey Weinstein attend a VIP screening of 'Lion' hosted by Harvey Weinstein and Georgina Chapman at Soho House on December 19, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by David M. Benett/Dave Benett/Getty Images)