Vin Diesel’s ex-assistant has accused the actor of sexually abusing her while they were shooting Fast Five in Atlanta in 2010 and dismissing her shortly after as payback. Diesel allegedly assaulted Asta Jonasson in the St. Regis Hotel following a night of ostensibly intense partying with hostesses he’d met at a neighboring club, according to the lawsuit, which was submitted on Thursday to the Los Angeles Superior Court.
The 10-claim sexual misconduct, prejudice, and retribution complaint states that “Vin Diesel forcibly grabbed Ms. Jonasson, groped her breasts, and kissed her. Ms. Jonasson struggled continually to break free of his grasp, while repeatedly saying no. Vin Diesel is physically larger and much stronger than Ms. Jonasson, and abused his position of authority as her employer, and was able to easily overpower Ms. Jonasson.” Vin Diesel ignored Ms. Jonasson’s clear statements of non-consent to his sexual assaults,” it continues.
According to the Greenberg Gross attorneys’ complaint, “Vin Diesel then escalated his assault, groped her body, dropped to his knees and pushed Ms. Jonasson’s dress up, groped her legs, and attempted to pull down Ms. Jonasson’s underwear. Terrified for her personal safety, Ms. Jonasson screamed and ran towards the nearby bathroom.”The Guardians of the Galaxy actor allegedly masturbated while he held Jonasson averse to the hotel wall. Jonasson’s suit, submitted under California’s Sexual Abuse and Cover-Up Accountability Act, which lifted statutes of limitations, goes on to graphically particulars how Diesel allegedly “pinned her against the wall with his body, and grabbed Ms. Jonasson’s hand and placed it on his erect penis.”
The lawsuit states, “Ms. Jonasson was unable to escape and closed her eyes, scared of angering Vin Diesel by rejecting him further and trying to dissociate, wishing the assault would end. Ms. Jonasson then heard groaning noises from Vin Diesel, and he quickly released Ms. Jonasson and went to the bathroom and turned on the sink. Jonasson was frozen in a state of shock and unable to move. Vin Diesel then walked past Ms. Jonasson and said, ‘No one can say shit about Asta’ as he left the room.”
A couple of hours afterwards, Jonasson says she received a phone call from Samantha Vincent, the actor’s sister and the president of his One Race production business, while she was still at the hotel and “still processing the immediate aftermath of Vin Diesel’s sexual assault.” After only a few days on the job, Vincent said that One Race no longer seemed to needed “any extra help” and he fired Ms. Jonasson. The lawsuit filed today states, “The message was clear. Ms. Jonasson was fired for courageously resisting Vin Diesel’s sexual assault, Vin Diesel would be protected, and his sexual assault covered up.
“Let me be very clear Vin Diesel categorically denies this claim in its entirety.” In the words of Diesel’s lawyer Bryan Freedman, “This is the first he has ever heard about this more than 13-year-old claim made by a purported nine-day employee. There is clear evidence which completely refutes these outlandish allegations.”