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Former Assistant Accuses Vin Diesel of Sexual Assault

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A former assistant to Vin Diesel, one among Hollywood’s most bankable motion stars, filed a sexual battery lawsuit towards the actor on Thursday, saying that he groped her and pinned her towards the wall of an Atlanta lodge room in the course of the filming of the fifth “Fast & Furious” film in 2010.

In the lawsuit, the previous assistant, Asta Jonasson, stated the encounter occurred lower than two weeks after she was employed to work for Mr. Diesel. The actor grabbed her, groped her breasts and forcibly kissed her whereas she repeatedly stated no, based on the lawsuit. Mr. Diesel pulled her costume up and moved to tug down her underwear, the lawsuit stated, earlier than Ms. Jonasson screamed and ran towards the lavatory.

The criticism stated Mr. Diesel then “pinned her against the wall with his body, and grabbed Ms. Jonasson’s hand and placed it on his erect penis.” When she once more refused to interact, the lawsuit says, Mr. Diesel started masturbating whereas protecting her pinned to the wall.

Representatives for Mr. Diesel and his manufacturing firm, which can also be named as a defendant, didn’t instantly return requests for remark.

Mr. Diesel, 56, rose to fame after Steven Spielberg solid him as a soldier in “Saving Private Ryan”; he established himself as a number one man primed for brawny roles together with his performances as a killer within the “Chronicles of Riddick” collection and a member of the Navy SEALs within the comedy “The Pacifier.” In 2010, he was filming one other starring function within the “Fast & Furious” franchise, which he revisited this previous yr in “Fast X.”

Hours after the encounter within the lodge room, based on the lawsuit, Ms. Jonasson obtained a name from an govt on the manufacturing firm — Mr. Diesel’s sister, Samantha Vincent — and was informed that it not wanted “any extra help.” Ms. Vincent, who couldn’t instantly be reached for remark, can also be named as a defendant.

Ms. Jonasson stated within the lawsuit that every one staff of the manufacturing firm had been required to signal a nondisclosure settlement stopping them from sharing something associated to Mr. Diesel.

“For years, Ms. Jonasson remained silent,” the lawsuit stated, “afraid to speak out against one of the world’s highest-grossing actors, afraid she would be ostracized from the industry which had a pattern of protecting powerful men and silencing survivors of sexual harassment and assault, and concerned that as a green card holder that speaking out could jeopardize her potential future citizenship.”

Ms. Jonasson sued beneath a California regulation handed within the wake of the #MeToo motion that opened a window for folks accusing somebody of sexual assault to sue even when the statute of limitations had run out. Her lawsuit, filed in Los Angeles Superior Court, additionally alleges wrongful termination and retaliation.

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