Harvey Weinstein has been forced to take another 'L' after a judge ruled that a sex trafficking charge against the shamed Hollywood exec can proceed.
Weinstein's lawyers tried to appeal Judge Robert W. Sweet's ruling last August that the notorious Hollywood 'casting couch' — in which aspiring actors and actresses are promised valuable professional opportunities in exchange for sexual favors — could be considered a "commercial sex act," according to Fox.
The ruling stems from a civil lawsuit filed in fall 2017 by actress Kadian Noble who alleged Weinstein molested her and forced her into a bathroom. Weinstein then allegedly forced her to watch him masturbate after arranging a meeting with him in his hotel room in Cannes, France, to watch her demo reel.
"Weinstein has failed to show that this case falls into the category of truly exceptional cases for which interlocutory appeal was designed," Judge Alison Nathan wrote.
"Consistently with this expansive language, courts have interpreted 'thing of value' to include even intangible benefits that are of subjective value to the recipient. At least two courts have subsequently adopted Judge Sweet's analysis in similar cases, finding that 'thing of value' can include career advancement or even just the promise of career advancement," she added.