Prominent American actor Vin Diesel, internationally recognized for his roles in the "Fast & Furious" franchise, is currently facing legal action from a former personal assistant. The lawsuit, filed in Los Angeles, accuses Diesel, whose real name is Mark Sinclair, of sexual battery.
This allegation stems from an incident claimed to have occurred during the 2010 production of "Fast Five" in Atlanta. Asta Jonasson, the plaintiff in the case, alleges a distressing encounter with the actor in his suite at the St.
Regis hotel in Atlanta. According to the lawsuit, Sinclair physically overpowered Jonasson, disregarding her explicit objections, and proceeded to engage in inappropriate behavior. The complaint further states that Jonasson was subjected to non-consensual physical contact and that Sinclair performed a sexual act on himself while restraining her against a wall.
Swift Termination Aftermath
The lawsuit also details the aftermath of the alleged incident, claiming Jonasson was terminated from her position mere hours later. The dismissal, as stated in the legal documents, was orchestrated by Sinclair's sister, Samantha Vincent, who oversees One Race Films, Sinclair's production company.
Both Vincent and One Race Films are named defendants in the suit, though Vincent has yet to respond to requests for comment. Jonasson's legal team articulates a narrative of emotional trauma and career disruption following the alleged assault.
The suit emphasizes the toll on Jonasson's self-esteem and professional aspirations, suggesting that her firing was a direct consequence of her resistance to Sinclair's advances. Additionally, the complaint mentions a separate, earlier proposition by another executive from One Race Films, further complicating the narrative.
The charges against Sinclair encompass sexual battery, gender discrimination, illegal retaliation, emotional distress, and wrongful termination. Claire-Lise Kutlay, Jonasson's attorney, has expressed a commitment to holding those responsible for the alleged assault accountable, including Sinclair and his associates.
Kutlay hopes that Jonasson's decision to come forward will inspire and empower other survivors of similar experiences. Vin Diesel, aside from his fame in the "Fast & Furious" series, has a notable presence in Hollywood with roles in "Guardians of the Galaxy," "XXX," and "Riddick." He is also a prominent producer for the "Fast & Furious" franchise. The actor, aged 56, has yet to respond to the allegations or the BBC's requests for comments on the matter.