A former assistant to Vin Diesel has filed a lawsuit against the actor, alleging sexual battery during the production of the “Fast Five” film. Asta Jonasson claims she was subjected to discrimination and wrongful termination by Diesel, his sister Samantha Vincent, and their production company, One Race Productions, following the alleged assault.
According to legal documents obtained by Fox News Digital, Jonasson asserts that Diesel forcibly groped her breasts, kissed her, and engaged in other inappropriate conduct in an Atlanta hotel suite. The lawsuit contends that despite Jonasson expressing non-consent, Diesel persisted in his actions.
Diesel’s representatives have not responded to Fox News Digital’s request for comment at this time.
Claire-Lise Kutlay of Greenberg Gross, representing Jonasson, stated, “We are proud to represent Ms. Jonasson and hold accountable Vin Diesel and those who allowed and covered up his sexual assault. The law exists to protect those who have been wronged, no matter how powerful or famous the defendant is. Sexual harassment in the workplace will never stop if powerful men are protected from accountability.”
Jonasson alleges that her employment with One Race Productions began in September 2010, and she worked directly with Vin Diesel. Her responsibilities included organizing events and catering for Diesel, and she claimed that part of her job involved staying in close proximity to him at parties.
During an event in the Empire Suite of a luxury hotel, Jonasson alleges that Diesel assaulted her after other guests had left. She describes Diesel forcibly grabbing her, groping her, and even pinning her against a wall while engaging in lewd behavior. Despite her protests, Jonasson claims Diesel continued and subsequently terminated her employment through a call from Samantha Vincent, the president of One Race.
Jonasson is seeking damages for lost wages, emotional distress, and punitive damages to hold the defendants accountable for their actions and discourage such behavior in the future.