"We got to his hotel room and he was on his phone the whole time while we were walking upstairs and then we got in there and he was still on his phone. Once we entered his room and he asked me to have a seat on the sofa, which I did and he was on his phone for a while and then he made me speak with someone, I don't know who it was, and they said 'you know I was listening to Harvey, you know, you should just be a good girl for him.' And of course at this point still, I feel stupid now I still didn't think anything, I was like okay, like I'm here. You know, with Harvey, who for me I've seen as like a legend of Hollywood and he could be anything possible."
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4. SOUNDBITE (English) Kadian Noble, actress:
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"He took hold of me and pretty much forced me to walk with him to the bathroom where he stood me in front of the mirror, and he stood behind me and I was like, 'what are you doing?' And he's like touching me, rubbing me and he's like, 'just relax.' And I'm telling him to stop and he would raise his voice, but at the same time he kept reassuring me that everything's going to be okay. And he was rubbing my breast and like, he placed his leg between mine from behind and was rubbing against my vagina and, and he pulled my, because I had a dress on at the time and he pulled it down exposing my breasts and all. I felt so stupid."
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6. SOUNDBITE (English) Kadian Noble, actress:
"This was all done in front of the mirror and he said to me, 'don't worry I'm not going to ask you to suck it. And he then gripped my hand and forced me to rub his penis up and down. And I kept saying, like, no and I just felt like, so stupid. But at the same time I think a massive part of me had shut down because going through it all now, it makes no sense that I didn't run out of the room and all I was able to do is just to say, no and why and him reassuring me and me believing."
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8. SOUNDBITE (English) Kadian Noble, actress:
"For me, when meeting him was, you know, he was like everything. Now I feel stupid to put so much trust in him but that's what I thought at that time and I, the reason why I said nothing for so long because I thought if I ever wanted an opportunity in this industry how would I ever, small me, speak of this man to say he has been inappropriate with me. People would look at me and say, 'who the hell is this girl?"
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10. SOUNDBITE (English) Kadian Noble, actress:
"I never thought I would ever be able to talk about this."
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12. SOUNDBITE (English) Jeff Herman, attorney for Kadian Noble
"Harvey Weinstein enticed and coerced Kadian to come up to his hotel room with the promise of helping her with her career and that he, once she was in the hotel room he used force, he used coercion, he use fraud to get her to engage in a commercial sex act, which is defined as this quid pro quo."
An aspiring actress who met Harvey Weinstein by chance in 2014 detailed in tears Tuesday how the media mogul made her stand in front of a mirror in his hotel room in Cannes, France, while he stood behind her, groping her and forcing her to perform a sex act after pretending to be interested in her career.
Kadian Noble, 31, filed a federal lawsuit in Manhattan court under a sex trafficking statute. Her attorney Jeff Herman said the lawsuit works under the statute that states a U.S. citizen is guilty if he or she engaged in a commercial sex act overseas because Weinstein is a U.S. citizen who coerced Noble into acts in exchange under the guise of helping with her career.
"By offering Kadian help with her career, and then getting her to comply with his advances — that's the quid pro quo," Herman said. The lawsuit seeks unspecified damages.
A spokeswoman for Weinstein said he "denies allegations of non-consensual sex" and "has further confirmed that there were never any acts of retaliation against any women for refusing his advances."
Noble detailed the incident to reporters, saying that she met Weinstein by chance in 2014 at an after-party for the British Academy Film Awards, where he introduced her to Oprah Winfrey and Naomi Campbell, and she felt dazzled and lucky when he said he was interested in her.
He told her to contact an assistant and send them a demo reel. Later that year, he approached her in a hotel lobby at Cannes, which flattered her, and he suggested they look at her reel in his hotel room, she said. But when she got up there, it slowly dawned on her he was after something else.
He grabbed her arm and stood her in front of a mirror where he groped her and then forced her to perform a sex act, she said.
"And I kept saying no, and I just felt so stupid. But at the same time a massive part of me had shut down. It makes no sense that I didn't run out of the room. And all I was able to do was just say no."
She said after the incident, his assistants never got back to her.
Noble, who lives in London, said she reported details of the crime to the NYPD in recent weeks, which is investigating claims against Weinstein. In recent months, the scandal has widened to include allegations made by at least 75 other actresses, models and others. New York police have been investigating a 2010 rape allegation that could result in criminal charges.
Another civil lawsuit was filed Monday in London by a different woman who was not identified. Her attorney Jill Greenfield says her client was seeking damages for "personal injury" plus expenses and "consequential loss" arising out of a series of sexual assaults by Weinstein. Civil claims for rape and sexual assault are uncommon in Britain.