Vin Diesel Asks Court to Dismiss Former Assistant's Sexual Battery Lawsuit, Denies 'Each and Every Allegation'

The actor asked the court to throw out the case and to have his accuser pay his legal fees

<p>Phillip Faraone/FilmMagic</p> Vin Diesel on March 10, 2020

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Vin Diesel on March 10, 2020

Vin Diesel has filed his formal response to his ex-assistant's sexual battery lawsuit, asking the court to dismiss the case.

In December, Asta Jonasson, a former assistant to the Fast and Furious actor, filed a complaint in Los Angeles, alleging that Diesel, now 56, forcibly pulled her onto a bed, groped her breasts and legs and masturbated at a hotel in Atlanta back in 2010.

Diesel's legal team responded in a filing this week, asking that the case be thrown out and that Jonasson pay his legal fees in the matter.

According to the documents, obtained by PEOPLE, the actor "denies, generally and specifically, each and every allegation of Plaintiff’s Complaint and further denies that Plaintiff is entitled to any relief whatsoever as against Defendant and that Plaintiff has been damaged as alleged, or in any other sum or sums, or at all."

Bryan Freedman, a lawyer for Diesel, said in a statement in December after news of the lawsuit, "Let me be very clear: Vin Diesel categorically denies this claim in its entirety."

Related: Vin Diesel 'Categorically Denies' Former Assistant's 'Outlandish' Sexual Battery Allegation, Says Lawyer

<p>Weiss Eubanks/NBCUniversal via Getty</p> Vin Diesel

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Vin Diesel

“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," Freedman added at the time.

Jonasson's complaint, in addition to sexual battery, claims discrimination on the basis of sex/gender, intentional infliction of emotional distress, hostile work environment, wrongful termination, and retaliation.

She said she was hired by Diesel’s production company, One Race Films, to assist the star on location in Atlanta, where his team was filming 2011’s Fast Five. She claimed that hours after the alleged incident, she was fired.

Jonasson was able to file the claims due to the Speak Out Act, which prevents the enforcement of nondisclosure agreements in sexual assault and harassment cases, and California’s AB2777, which temporarily waives statutes of limitations for sexual abuse allegations that occurred in 2009 or later. 

If you or someone you know has been sexually assaulted, please contact the National Sexual Assault Hotline at 1-800-656-HOPE (4673) or go to

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