(NationalUSNews.com) — In a lawsuit filed on December 21, 2023, a former assistant to actor Vin Diesel claims that he sexually assaulted her in September of 2010 during the filming of a Fast and Furious franchise film in Atlanta, Georgia. Asta Jonasson says that she was hired by One Race, the American film and multimedia production company founded by Diesel in 1995, to work as Diesel’s assistant. Her duties included organizing parties as well as attending them to “provide cover” when Diesel’s longtime girlfriend was not in attendance.
Jonasson alleges that Diesel molested her in his hotel suite at the St. Regis Atlanta hotel after a late night of entertaining hostesses from a local nightclub. She says she tried to escape and verbally refused but he continued to forcibly manhandle her, culminating in him pleasuring himself while she closed her eyes and tried to avoid angering him. She also says that an unnamed supervisor for One Race had made inappropriate sexual overtures to her, but in that case, she had simply left his hotel room without further incident.
Just hours after the alleged incident between Diesel and herself, Jonasson says she was contacted by Diesel’s sister, Samantha Vincent, who is the president of Diesel’s company, One Race. Vincent informed her that they were terminating her employment with the company. The lawsuit states that this action was proof that the company was engaged in a coverup of Diesel’s actions. The suit also includes allegations of wrongful termination, creating a hostile work environment, and negligent supervision.
Claire-Lise Kutlay, an attorney for Jonasson, says that nobody is too famous to escape justice, adding that they hope Jonasson’s courage in coming forward will create change and empower others. The attorney for Diesel, Bryan Freedman, says that his client denies all the allegations in their entirety. He added that this is the first time his client has even heard of these 13-year-old claims from someone who was employed by One Race for only 9 days. He says there is clear evidence that refutes the lawsuit’s claims.
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