In a recent development that has sent ripples through Hollywood, acclaimed actor Vin Diesel has emphatically denied allegations of misconduct made by a former assistant. The assistant, who worked with Diesel during the production of the 2010 blockbuster 'Fast 5' in Atlanta, has accused the star of inappropriate behavior in a legal filing.
According to the lawsuit, the complainant, who was initially hired to manage parties and attend to Diesel's personal needs, alleges that the actor assaulted her in his suite at the St. Regis hotel in Atlanta. The filing details a disturbing account of Diesel allegedly groping her and attempting to undress her against her will.
Bryan Freedman, Vin Diesel's attorney, has issued a strong statement in response, stating, “Vin Diesel categorically denies this claim in its entirety. This is the first he has heard of this more than decade-old claim by an individual who was employed for only nine days”.
Freedman further asserts that there is compelling evidence to disprove these serious allegations. The lawsuit, which has been obtained and reported by The Blast, alleges that Diesel forcibly grabbed and groped the claimant while trying to lift her dress and pull down her underwear.
Despite her continuous attempts to break free and her repeated refusals, it is claimed that Diesel persisted in his actions.
Allegations Escalate Further
Adding to the gravity of the situation, the legal document also alleges that the claimant was terminated from her position by Diesel's sister, who is also the president of One Race, Diesel's production company.
The termination, according to the claimant, was a direct consequence of her resisting Diesel's advances. The claimant is now seeking compensatory damages, including lost earnings and other benefits, in addition to statutory damages and a civil penalty of $10,000 for each alleged violation of sections 98.6 and 1102.5 of the Labor Code.
This high-profile case, spotlighting issues of misconduct in Hollywood, is being closely watched. As the legal battle unfolds, it raises significant questions about celebrity conduct and workplace safety in the entertainment industry.