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Vin Diesel Accused of Assault by Former Assistant

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Actor Vin Diesel, famed for his role in the ‘Fast and Furious’ franchise, faces serious allegations from a former assistant. Asta Jonasson, who worked with Diesel during the filming of ‘Fast Five’ in Atlanta in 2010, has filed a lawsuit accusing him of sexual battery.

The details of the lawsuit, obtained by Us Weekly, present a grave scenario, differing starkly from Diesel’s on-screen persona. This news was first reported by Vanity Fair.

Jonasson’s lawsuit describes a distressing incident that allegedly occurred in Diesel’s hotel suite. She claims that Diesel grabbed her wrists and forcibly pulled her onto the bed, despite her pleas for him to stop. According to the court documents, Jonasson felt compelled to remain in the room for her personal safety and job security. She alleges that Diesel, born Mark Sinclair, then proceeded to molest her. 

The lawsuit further alleges that Jonasson faced retaliation in the immediate aftermath of the incident. She claims that she was fired by Diesel’s sister, Samantha Vincent, just hours after the alleged assault. This action, according to Jonasson, was part of a broader pattern of discrimination and a hostile work environment within Diesel’s company, One Race. The lawsuit accuses Diesel of not only personal misconduct but also of fostering a workplace culture that tolerated such behavior.

In addition to the allegations of battery, Jonasson’s lawsuit includes claims of sex/gender discrimination, intentional infliction of emotional distress, wrongful termination, and retaliation. These serious charges suggest a troubling environment within Diesel’s professional sphere. Jonasson’s experience, as detailed in the lawsuit, points to systemic issues beyond the alleged incident itself.

In the lawsuit, Jonasson also recounts another concerning encounter before the alleged assault with Diesel. She claims that a different supervisor from One Race invited her to his hotel room and made inappropriate advances, which she refused. This additional allegation demonstrates a pattern of behavior within the company that Jonasson contends was both harmful and unaddressed.


As the legal proceedings unfold, Diesel, who is not only an actor but also a producer on the ‘Fast and Furious’ films, has yet to publicly respond to these allegations. This case, emerging from a sector known for its glamour and spectacle, brings to light serious issues that exist behind the scenes. The allegations against Diesel, if proven true, could have significant implications for his career and for the broader conversation around workplace conduct in Hollywood. For now, the industry and its observers await further developments in this unfolding story.


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