Vin Diesel faces sexual battery allegations from former assistant
Former assistant Asta Jonasson has filed a lawsuit against Hollywood actor Vin Diesel, accusing him of sexual battery, wrongful termination and more. The complaint, lodged in Los Angeles, alleges that in 2010 at Atlanta’s St. Regis hotel, Diesel forcibly pulled Jonasson onto a bed, groped her, and masturbated. According to the court document, Jonasson, employed by Diesel’s production company, One Race Films, was terminated by Samantha Vincent, Diesel’s sister and president of One Race, hours after the alleged incident.
The lawsuit contends that Jonasson felt she was fired because she resisted Diesel’s sexual advances, asserting that she was “used to fulfill his sexual desires.” The incident reportedly occurred during the filming of 2011’s Fast Five in Atlanta.
The lawsuit implicates One Race Films, founded by Diesel and his sister in 1995, alleging another inappropriate incident involving a supervisor. Jonasson reportedly signed a nondisclosure agreement, and her duties involved catering to Diesel’s demands.
The claims were filed under the Speak Out Act and California’s AB2777, allowing action against nondisclosure agreements in sexual assault cases and waiving statutes of limitations for post-2009 abuse allegations.
Inspired by #MeToo and Time’s Up movements, Jonasson seeks justice for the suffering she endured. Diesel’s representatives have not yet responded to the allegations. If you or someone you know has been sexually assaulted, contact the National Sexual Assault Hotline at 1-800-656-HOPE (4673) or visit rainn.org.