It continues to feel as though we’ve reached peak awfulness when it comes to Harvey Weinstein, but every time we think that all the allegations have come to light, new victims step forward to share more harrowing stories about the Hollywood producer.
What began with eight brave women, including actor Ashley Judd, coming forward to tell their stories of sexual assault and harassment dealt at the hands of Weinstein in an October 5 New York Times story, quickly ballooned into dozens more women, including Lupita Nyong’o, Gwyneth Paltrow, Angelina Jolie and more sharing their own similar, terrifying experiences.
With so many women bravely sharing their own stories it seemed impossible that no one in Hollywood knew about the depths of Weinstein’s reach and abuse of power, with some members of his inner circle, including Quentin Tarantino, admitting that he knew something was not right but didn’t know how to stop it.
Now, it appears that Weinstein’s assaults went even further, with a new victim alleging that the Hollywood producer and president of The Weinstein Company and Miramax was also involved in sex trafficking.
Aspiring model and actress Kadian Noble filed a lawsuit on Monday alleging that both Harvey and his brother Bob Weinstein violated U.S. sex trafficking laws when Harvey assaulted Noble in France in 2014.
Noble is alleging that Harvey invited her to his hotel room at Le Majestic Hotel in Cannes in February 2014 under the guise of speaking with her about an acting role he promised she would receive. Instead, Weinstein forcibly groped Noble and forced her to engage in sexual acts.
The lawsuit was filed this week and because of the additional element of sex trafficking — with Weinstein crossing international borders with Noble — the statute of limitations is increased to 10 years. Bob Weinstein and The Weinstein Company are named in the suit for aiding Harvey in his foreign travel to lure women into “forced or coerced sexual encounters on the promise of roles in films or entertainment projects.”
With new allegations about Weinstein and more powerful men in Hollywood coming to light every day, it is more important than ever to not become numb to the problems that women have known were there all along. This is the time to demand justice for victims and hold men and other women accountable for making all places of work — as well as schools, places of worship, concerts, sporting events and every other venue — safe for all who attend.