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Vin Diesel accused of sexual battery in lawsuit brought by former assistant

Dec 21, 2023, 2:49 PM | Updated: Jan 11, 2024, 12:46 pm

HOLLYWOOD, CALIFORNIA - MAY 18: Vin Diesel attends a ceremony honoring Ludacris with a star on the ...

HOLLYWOOD, CALIFORNIA - MAY 18: Vin Diesel attends a ceremony honoring Ludacris with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on May 18, 2023 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Tommaso Boddi/Getty Images)

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Originally Published: 21 DEC 23 16:17 ET
Updated: 21 DEC 23 16:21 ET

(CNN) — “Fast & Furious” franchise star Vin Diesel has been accused of sexual battery and creating a hostile work environment in a lawsuit filed by a former assistant.

The civil suit, filed on Thursday in Los Angeles Superior Court and obtained by CNN, stems from a 2010 incident in which Diesel’s former assistant, Asta Jonasson, alleges Diesel forced himself on her in a hotel suite and masturbated in front of her.

Jonasson is suing Diesel, along with his company One Race Productions, and Diesel’s sister Samantha Vincent for sexual battery, creating a hostile work environment, negligent supervision and wrongful termination.

She is seeking an imposition of a civil penalty of $10,000 for each violation, according to the suit.

CNN has reached out to Diesel’s representatives and attorneys for comment. CNN has also reached out to attorneys for Jonasson.

This is a developing story and will be updated.

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Vin Diesel accused of sexual battery in lawsuit brought by former assistant