Vin Diesel accused of sexual battery in lawsuit by former assistant

Vin Diesel, the ‘Fast and Furious’ star, is accused of sexual battery by a former assistant. Asta Jonasson states in a  lawsuit filed in Los Angeles on Thursday that the actor sexually assaulted her in the fall of 2010 while working on the set of ‘Fast Five’ in Atlanta.

She claims Diesel trapped her against a wall in a hotel suite in 2010 and masturbated in front of her.

According to the legal complaint, Jonasson was employed by One Race, the actor’s production company, to play a range of roles. These included arranging and accompanying Diesel to social gatherings, as well as ensuring her presence in photographs whenever the actor went alone at functions without his usual romantic partner.

Ms. Jonasson’s representative, Greenberg Gross, issued a statement.

According to the firm’s representative, they are proud to stand by their client and hold Vin Diesel, as well as others who enabled and concealed his actions, accountable for sexual assault.

According to the complaint, Jonasson was asked to stay in Diesel’s suite at the St. Regis hotel after a late night in September 2010 until he finished hosting women from a club. After the women left, Diesel allegedly grabbed Jonasson’s wrists and dragged her into the bed.

“Ms. Jonasson was unable to escape and closed her eyes, scared of angering Vin Diesel by rejecting him further and trying to dissociate, wishing the assault would end,” the suit reveals.

Despite her fear about her physical safety and job security, Jonasson hesitated to challenge her superior’s advances. When Diesel began to remove her underpants, she couldn’t hold back her terror and rushed down the hallway, screaming.

According to the lawsuit, the actor allegedly forced her against the wall and touched her hand to his genitals. Ms. Jonasson closed her eyes in an attempt to detach from the sexual assault and avoid provoking him as he masturbated.

“Ms. Jonasson felt like she was a piece of trash to be discarded. Ms. Jonasson felt helpless, her self esteem was demolished, and she questioned her own skills and whether a successful career would require her to trade her body for advancement.”

“It was clear to her that she was being fired because she was no longer useful — Vin Diesel had used her to fulfill his sexual desires and she had resisted his sexual assaults,” the suit added.

As per Jonasson’s legal claims, the #MeToo and Time’s Up movements offered her the courage to take back control and seek retribution for the trauma she endured from Vin Diesel and One Race.

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