Vin Diesel: Ex-assistant accuses the film star of sexual violence
The former personal assistant of Fast & Furious star Vin Diesel is suing him for alleged sexual assault that occurred during the production of Fast Five in 2010.
The actor, whose actual name is Mark Sinclair, “entirely denies” this allegation, according to an attorney for him. In the lawsuit, Asta Jonasson alleges that the actor pinned her to the wall while he engaged in sexual activity with himself. Her additional claim is wrongful termination, alleging that she was terminated by his company hours after the alleged assault.
The lawsuit filed by Ms. Jonasson on Thursday in Los Angeles alleges that the sexual assault occurred at the St Regis hotel in Atlanta while Fast Five was being filmed. She alleges in the lawsuit that while groping Ms. Jonasson, Mr. Sinclair, 56, physically subdued her in his hotel suite and “disregarded her unequivocal declarations of non-consent.”
Following her “screams and ran towards the adjacent lavatory,” the lawsuit claims that the film star “pinned her against the wall with his body” and engaged in a sexual act on himself.
According to the allegations made in the lawsuit, she was fired “hours” after the incident, after Samantha Vincent, the actor’s sister and the proprietor of his production firm One Race Films, had called her. A lawsuit has also been filed against the production firm and the sister of the actor.
The response that Ms. Vincent sent to a request for comment did not come immediately after the request was made. According to the allegations made in the lawsuit, “It was obvious to her that she was being dismissed because she was no longer useful; Vin Diesel had used her to satisfy his sexual desires.”
As stated in the subsequent paragraphs of the article, Ms. Jonasson experienced feelings of helplessness, a breakdown in self-esteem, and doubts as to whether a prosperous career would necessitate her relinquishing her physicality for progress.
In addition, the former assistant claims that a few days prior to the incident that involved Mr. Sinclair, some other executive from the business made a provocation towards her while she was staying in the same hotel. Her lawsuit further charges unlawful retaliation, emotional distress, wrongful termination, and gender discrimination, in addition to sexual battery.
On Thursday, Mr. Sinclair’s attorney, Bryan Freedman, issued the following written statement to sources: “Vin Diesel unequivocally disavows this allegation in its totality. “This is the first time he has heard of this alleged nine-day employee’s claim that dates back over thirteen years.”
In a statement to the sources, an attorney for Ms. Jonasson stated that her client “seeks accountability from Vin Diesel and those who permitted and covered up his sexual assault for their heinous acts.”
Attorney Claire-Lise Kutlay stated, “We hope her courageous decision to come forward contributes to enduring change and empowers other survivors.”
Apart from his work on the Fast & Furious franchise, Vin Diesel has gained recognition for his contributions to the following films: Riddick, XXX, and Guardians of the Galaxy. In addition to being a producer for the Fast & Furious franchise, Mr. Sinclair is also one of Hollywood’s highest-grossing actors.