Vin Diesel Denies Accusations of Sexual Assault in Lawsuit Filed by Ex-Assistant (UPDATE)

At the time of this writing, neither Diesel nor his One Race company had issued a public statement.

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UPDATED 12/22 1:28 p.m. ET: Vin Diesel has denied accusations that he sexually assaulted his former personal assistant during the production of Fast Five in 2010.

In a statement provided to People, Diesel's lawyer Bryan Freedman said his client hadn't heard of the alleged incident described in the assault until the lawsuit was filed. "Let me be very clear: Vin Diesel categorically denies this claim in its entirety," said Freedman. "This is the first he has ever heard about this more than 13-year-old claim made by a purportedly nine-day employee. There is clear evidence which completely refutes these outlandish allegations."

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A woman who alleges she was employed by Vin Diesel for a short time during the 2010 Fast Five shoot has accused the actor and producer of sexual assault.

Per a report from Ethan Millman for Rolling Stone, the woman in question, named in docs as Asta Jonasson, was initially hired by Diesel’s One Race company in September 2010, at which point she traveled to Atlanta amid production on the Fast & Furious franchise entry. Later that same month, Jonasson alleges, she was told to meet up with Diesel at a club, Early that morning, the actor left the establishment with Jonasson and several hostesses. 

Back at a hotel suite, Diesel and one of the other unidentified women went to the suite’s bedroom, at which point Jonasson left. However, she allegedly received a call shortly after from the actor’s security team stating that they hadn’t been able to get in touch with him. Jonasson alleges she then walked into the bedroom to inform him that he was required to leave the hotel.

Once inside, Jonasson alleges she was grabbed on the wrists and pulled onto the bed by Diesel. When she tried to leave, Diesel allegedly “groped” and “forcibly kissed” her, later pinning her to a wall. At some point in the alleged incident, Diesel is further accused of trying to remove the woman’s underwear, as well as exposing his penis and masturbating.

Not long after the alleged incident, per a separate report from Vanity Fair, Jonasson alleges she was fired in retaliation by One Race president Samantha Vincent, Diesel's sister.

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