A New York judge has ruled against Harvey Weinstein in a specific case whereby an aspiring actress accused Harvey of using the proverbial “casting couch” as a means of requiring her to offer sex in exchange for acting roles. The judge said it was a “commercial sex act,” therefore, falls under sex trafficking.
Robert W. Sweet, a US District Court Judge, claims the lawsuit filed by Kadian Noble is consistent with mandates ascribed by the sex trafficking laws as laid out by Congress.
Sweet’s ruling, made on Monday, was filed publicly today, Tuesday, August 14th, 2018. Weinstein’s team of attorneys have claimed that “nothing of value was exchanged” when the disgraced producer supposedly molested her and forced her into a bathroom and then proceeded to masturbate while making her watch.
Like the other allegations, Weinstein has denied that he did anything wrong and continues to counter the charges made by other women. The judge said the lawyers of Weinstein are wrong, because for an actress to sit down with a producer, is a career and potentially life-changing opportunity. It’s far from valueless.
The judge, at the end of his statement, commented on the history of the “casting couch” in Hollywood, describing it as a term that has been in common parlance for nearly one hundred years.
Mr. Weinstein’s attorney attacked his ruling, arguing that, now, all sexual activity between a subordinate and their superior fall under sex trafficking laws, and the possible charges know no bounds.
As you may know, the allegations against Harvey Weinstein near the end of 2017 effectively ended his career, and the disgraced producer is facing charges of rape and sexual assault.
Mr. Cosby was convicted of sex crimes this year as well, although they weren’t easy to prove. Some analysts have expressed doubt that a conviction against Weinstein is possible, considering the difficulty of pinpointing precisely where a crime was committed, for instance, if one willingly engages in a sex act with another for some kind of exchange.