Vin Diesel Accused of Sexual Assault by Former Assistant

Guardians of the Galaxy actor Vin Diesel has been accused of sexual assault for allegedly harassing and groping his former assistant in a hotel room in 2010. He denies the claim. Content Warning: This story involves sexual assault, including masturbation and groping.

Vin Diesel might be facing a legal battle.

The Fast & Furious star has been accused of sexual assault, wrongful termination, and fostering an unfriendly work environment by his former assistant, who accused him in a filing on December 21 of groping her in a hotel suite in 2010.

Diesel’s lawyer, Bryan Freedman, stated to NBC News that the actor “categorically denies this claim in its entirety.”

“This is the first time he’s heard about a claim made more than 13 years ago by an employee of just 9 days,” the lawyer said. “There is clear evidence completely refuting these outrageous allegations.”

Asta Jonasson stated she was hired by his company, One Race, in September 2010 and immediately flew to Atlanta to assist during the filming of Fast Five.

One night, Ms. Jonasson was dutifully fulfilling her work duties, including ensuring no photographs were taken of Vin Diesel, who was entertaining multiple women in the Empire Suite of his luxury hotel,” according to the lawsuit obtained by E! News. “Despite Vin Diesel having personal security, only Ms. Jonasson remained in the hotel suite so the women felt more comfortable.”

Jonasson mentioned that after the last woman left in the early hours, she was tasked with getting Diesel out of the hotel discreetly. While alone in the hotel room, she alleged that Diesel sexually harassed her.

“Vin Diesel forcibly grabbed Ms. Jonasson, groped her breasts, and kissed her,” the lawsuit continues. “Ms. Jonasson struggled continually to break free of his grasp, while repeatedly saying no.”

Diesel, now 56, allegedly disregarded Jonasson’s objections, dropped to his knees, pushed her dress up, and attempted to remove his pants.

“[He] molested her body, running his hands over Ms. Jonasson’s upper legs, including her inner thighs,” the lawsuit states. “Startled for her safety, Ms. Jonasson screamed and ran towards the nearby bathroom.”

The Guardians of the Galaxy star then allegedly followed her, “pinning” her against a wall with his body and then “grabbing Ms. Jonasson’s hand and placing it on his erect penis.”

After Jonasson pulled her hand away, the documents claim Diesel took his penis out of his pants and started to masturbate.

“Ms. Jonasson was unable to escape and closed her eyes, afraid of further angering Vin Diesel by resisting and trying to free herself, hoping the assault would end,” the lawsuit states. “Ms. Jonasson then heard grunting noises from Vin Diesel, and he quickly released Ms. Jonasson, went to the bathroom, and turned on the tap. Jonasson was frozen in a state of shock and unable to move.”

According to the lawsuit, Diesel eventually left the room but, hours later, Jonasson received a call from his sister Samantha Vincent, the president of One Race, terminating her employment because the company “no longer required ‘any extra help.'”

Jonasson—who also named Vincent and One Race as defendants in the lawsuit—said she was promised payment for a full two weeks despite working less than that.

Explaining she signed a confidentiality agreement when hired, Jonasson detailed she stayed silent for over a decade out of fear, noting as a green card holder, she feared speaking about the alleged assault would jeopardize her potential future U.S. citizenship.

“For years, Ms. Jonasson remained silent, afraid to speak out against one of the world’s highest-grossing actors,” her lawsuit says, “afraid she would be ostracized from the industry which had a pattern of protecting powerful men and silencing survivors of sexual harassment and assault.”

Jonasson seeks compensation for damages, including emotional distress.

E! News reached out to Diesel’s representatives, Vincent, and One Race for comment but hasn’t received a response.

This story was updated on December 21, 2023, at 6:31 p.m. PT to include Diesel’s lawyer’s statement.