Vin Diesel – Movie star accused of sexual harassment by his former assistant

US actor Vin Diesel’s former personal assistant is suing the Fast & Furious star, accusing him of sexual harassment during the filming of 2010’s Fast Five.

A lawyer for the actor, whose real name is Mark Sinclair, said his client “denies these claims in their entirety”.

Asta Jonasson claims in her lawsuit that the actor pinned her against a wall while he performed a sex act on himself.

She subsequently sued for wrongful termination, claiming that her company fired her hours after the alleged assault.

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Jonasson’s lawsuit, filed in Los Angeles on Thursday, alleges that sexual assault occurred at the St Regis hotel in Atlanta during the filming of Fast Five.

She said in her lawsuit that Sinclair, 56, physically assaulted her in her hotel room and “ignored Jonasson’s statements of disapproval” when he groped her.

The lawsuit alleges that after she “screamed and ran toward a nearby bathroom,” the film star “pinned her against the wall with his body” and performed a sex act on himself.

“Just hours” after the incident, the lawsuit says he was contacted by the actor’s sister, Samantha Vincent — who runs his production company One Race Films — and fired.

He also sued the actor’s sister and her production company.

Ms Vincent did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

“It was clear to her that she was fired because she was no longer useful – Vin Diesel had used her to fulfill his sexual desires,” the lawsuit said.

It added: “Ms Jonasson felt helpless, her self-esteem was shattered, and she questioned her own skills and whether a successful career would require her to trade her body for advancement.”

The former assistant also claimed that another executive from the company proposed to her at the same hotel days before the incident with Mr Sinclair.

In addition to sexual harassment, the lawsuit includes claims of gender discrimination, illegal retaliation, emotional distress and wrongful termination.

Bryan Freedman, Sinclair’s attorney, said in a written statement to CNN on Thursday: “Vin Diesel categorically denies these claims in their entirety.

“This was the first time he had heard of claims more than 13 years old made by an employee who purportedly worked 9 days.”

Jonasson’s lawyer said in a statement to BBC News that his client “seeks to hold Vin Diesel and those who allowed and covered up his sexual abuse accountable for their horrific actions.”

“We hope her courageous decision to come forward helps create long-lasting change and empowers other survivors,” said attorney Claire-Lise Kutlay.

Apart from the Fast & Furious franchise, Vin Diesel is known for his films including Guardians of the Galaxy, XXX and Riddick.

Mr Sinclair is also the producer of the Fast & Furious series and is one of the highest-grossing actors in Hollywood.