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Vin Diesel accused of sexual battery by former assistant in civil lawsuit

Actor Vin Diesel is being sued by his former assistant, Asta Jonasson, for alleged sexual battery and wrongful termination, amongst different claims, referring to a 2010 incident, in accordance with a grievance filed Thursday in Los Angeles.

The swimsuit, obtained by CBS Information, additionally names Diesel’s sister, movie producer Samantha Vincent, and One Race Movies, the manufacturing firm based by Diesel and run by Vincent.

“Ms. Jonasson’s lawsuit seeks to carry Vin Diesel accountable for his sexual assaults, and her former employer accountable for its illegal termination of her employment and canopy up of the sexual assaults,” Jonasson’s lawyer, Claire-Lise Kutlay, stated in an announcement to CBS Information.

In an announcement supplied to CBS Information, Bryan Freedman, an lawyer for the actor, wrote: “Let me be very clear, Vin Diesel categorically denies this declare in its entirety. That is the primary he has ever heard about this greater than 13 yr previous declare made by a purportedly 9 day worker. There may be clear proof which fully refutes these outlandish allegations.”  

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Vin Diesel throughout the Miami Grand Prix at Miami Worldwide Autodrome on Could 07, 2023, in Miami, Florida.

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The civil swimsuit alleges that whereas Jonasson was working for Diesel in Atlanta, the place he was filming “Quick 5,” he compelled himself on her in a lodge room. The grievance states that he groped her chest and kissed her as she struggled to interrupt free and continued to refuse his advances.

“Vin Diesel ignored Ms. Jonasson’s clear statements of non-consent to his sexual assaults,” the swimsuit says. It alleges that Diesel then tried to take away Jonasson’s underwear earlier than she screamed and tried to get to a close-by toilet.

“Ms. Jonasson was unable to flee and closed her eyes, frightened of angering Vin Diesel by rejecting him additional and making an attempt to dissociate, wishing the assault would finish,” reads the textual content of the grievance, including that she “was frozen in a state of shock and unable to maneuver” till he lastly launched her.

Jonasson alleges that simply hours later, Diesel’s sister known as her and terminated her employment.

Jonasson says that she remained silent for years out of concern however that she was empowered by the #MeToo motion to talk up, and was capable of file the swimsuit beneath California’s Sexual Abuse and Cowl-Up Accountability Act. The regulation was handed in Sept. 2022 and offers a three-year window for survivors to file a declare that will have ordinarily expired beneath the state’s statute of limitations.

Jonasson is in search of damages that embody a $10,000 civil penalty for every violation, plus unspecified damages for emotional misery and compensatory damages that will embody revenue she would have obtained if not for Diesel’s conduct.

“Nobody must be compelled to endure sexual assault or lose their job for resisting sexual assault. Nobody is simply too well-known or highly effective to evade justice,” Kutlay stated. “We hope Ms. Jonasson’s brave resolution to return ahead helps create lasting change and empowers different survivors.” 

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