Vin Diesel has been sued by his former assistant Asta Jonasson of sexual assault

Vin Diesel Sued by his Former Assistant Asta Jonasson for Sexual Battery

Asta Jonasson Biography

Asta Jonasson is a former assistant for Vin Diesel who has filed a lawsuit against him alleging sexual battery dating back in September 2010. She maintained her silence over the years as she had signed a non disclosure agreement. She was empowered by the #MeToo and Time’s Up movements to speak up.

Asta was hired by One Race, Vin Diesel’s company, to work for him on location in Atlanta, where Fast Five was in production. Her responsibilities included; organizing parties, accompanying Diesel to parties, and ensuring that she was in close physical proximity to him in case photographs were taken of him with women when he attended events without his longtime girlfriend.

Asta Jonasson Age

Asta’s age is unknown

Asta Jonasson Education

She holds a Bachelors of Arts degree in Psychology and Criminology from Simon Fraser University and also attended New York Film Academy where she studied screenwriting.

Asta Jonasson Job

Jonasson has held several roles during her career such as an assistant, production coordinator among others. She worked at The Walt Disney Company for over a decade as an executive assistant and director of development until she left in June 2022 to work as a freelancer in film production.

Asta Jonasson Lawsuit/ Vin Diesel Sexual Battery

Asta has filed a lawsuit in Los Angeles accusing Vin Diesel of sexual battery while she was working as his assistant in the fall of 2020, during the filming of ‘Fast Five’. In addition to sexual battery, the lawsuit claims, among other things, discrimination on the bases of sex/gender, intentional infliction of emotional distress, hostile work environment, wrongful termination, and retaliation. It also alleges that Diesel and his production attempted cover-up and states that Jonasson “has suffered and continues to suffer humiliation, emotional distress, and mental and physical pain and anguish.”

According to the lawsuit which was obtained by Vanity Fair, the sexual battery happened in September 2010, when Astra was asked to wait in Diesel’s suite at the St. Regis hotel while he entertained hostesses he had brought back from a club. Once the women were gone, Diesel allegedly “grabbed Ms. Jonasson’s wrists, one with each of his hands, and pulled her onto the bed.” She asked him to stop and was able to escape his grasp, and waited by the front door of the suite for him to leave. He again approached her and began to grope her breasts and kiss her chest, despite her pleas to stop.

“Ms. Jonasson was afraid to more forcibly refuse her supervisor, knowing that getting him out of that room was both crucial to her personal safety and job security but this hope died when Vin Diesel dropped to his knees, pushed Ms. Jonasson’s dress up toward her waist, and molested her body, running his hands over Ms. Jonasson’s upper legs, including her inner thighs.”

According to the lawsuit, after Diesel pulled down Astra’s underwear, she screamed and ran down the hallway toward the bathroom, where Diesel pinned her to the wall, placing her hand on his erect penis, even as she verbally refused. He masturbated while “terrified, Ms. Jonasson closed her eyes, trying to dissociate from the sexual assault and avoid angering him.”

Hours later after the ordeal, Astra was terminated after less than two weeks on the job. “It was clear to her that she was being fired because she was no longer useful—Vin Diesel had used her to fulfill his sexual desires and she had resisted his sexual assaults.” In addition, Astra’s “self-esteem was demolished, and she questioned her own skills and whether a successful career would require her to trade her body for advancement.”

The lawsuit also alleges that, this was not the first time Astra faced sexual harassment while working for Diesel as a few days prior to the ordeal with Diesel, another One Race supervisor summoned her to his own room at the St. Regis while she was on duty, where he took off his shirt, got into bed, and said, “Come here.” She immediately exited the room.

According to the lawsuit, Asta didn’t file any report as she had signed a nondisclosure agreement when she joined One Race. She was however able to file the claims due to the Speak Out Act, which prevents the enforcement of nondisclosure agreements in instances of sexual assault and harassment, and California’s AB2777, which temporarily waives statutes of limitations for sexual abuse allegations occurring in 2009 or later.

Who is Vin Diesel

Vin Diesel is an American actor best known for his role on the Fast and Furious Franchise as Dominic Toretto. He is also the voice of Groot in the Guardians of the Galaxy movies. He was born Mark Sinclair on July 18, 1967 in Alameda County, California, U.S.to Delora Sherleen Vincent who is an Astrologer. He has never met his biological father but his mother got married to Irving H. Vincent, an acting instructor and theater manager.

He has a fraternal twin known as Paul Vincent, who works in sound editing. He has a sister known as Samantha Vincent who is a movie producer and a younger brother known as Tim Vincent.

He has said he is “of ambiguous ethnicity” as his mother has Scottish roots and his biological father was of mixed ethnicity.

Diesel is not married but has been in a long-term relationship with Mexican model Paloma Jiménez. The couple shares three kids together; Hania “Similce” Riley, Vincent and Pauline.

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