Vin Diesel sued for alleged sexual battery by former assistant

Vin Diesel attends the 'Fast and Furious Live' premiere at The O2 Arena in London^ England 2018

Vin Diesel (born Mark Sinclair) has been accused of sexual battery by his former assistant. According to Vanity Fair, who first reported the lawsuit, court documents state that Diesel’s former assistant alleges the actor assaulted her in 2010 while he was filming The Fast and the Furious sequel, Fast Five.

The assistant, Asta Jonasson, said she was hired by Diesel’s ‘One Race’ company to assist the actor on location in Atlanta when he was filming Fast Five. Jonasson alleged that one night she was asked to wait in Diesel’s hotel suite, where the alleged assault happened.

Jonasson claimed she attempted to “disassociate” from the assault to “avoid angering” Diesel out of fear for her job security, and further alleged that Diesel’s sister, Samantha Vincent, fired her several hours later. In addition to the sexual battery allegation, the suit also states claims of gender discrimination, wrongful termination, retaliation and negligent supervision.

Diesel, 56, is best known for playing Dominic Toretto in the Fast and Furious franchise, which released its 10th installment in May. Diesel has been with his longtime partner Paloma Jiménez since 2007, with whom he shares three children: Hania, Vincent and Pauline.

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