The director of Terminal Sacha Gervasi ‘sexually assaulted his interior designer’

Emmy-winning director and screenwriter Sacha Gervasi has been called a “monster” and a “predator” in a sexual assault lawsuit brought by an interior designer who worked on his Hollywood Hills home.

Diana Lands Nathanson, a friend of Gervasi’s heiress wife, Jessica de Rothschild, accuses The Terminal director in the lawsuit of multiple instances of harassment and groping, beginning when she was first hired in 2014.

It ultimately culminated in Gervasi, 56, pinning her to a table and attacking her in January this year, she says.

He is now seeking a jury trial, where he hopes to win an unspecified amount in punitive damages, claiming he was left in emotional distress.

It’s unclear if there is an attorney who can speak on Gervasi’s behalf. Press representatives for oth Gervasi and de Rothschild have been contacted by DailyMail.com for comment, but they have not yet responded.

Sacha Gervasi, 56, has been accused of sexual assault by Diana Lands Nathanson

Diana Lands Nathanson, an interior designer, was hired to work on the Gervasi house.

Diana Lands Nathanson, an interior designer, was hired to work on the Gervasi house.

Sacha Gervasi, 56 (left), has been accused of sexual assault by interior designer Diana Lands Nathanson (right)

Gervasi appears in the photo with his wife, the theater producer Jessica de Rothschild.

Gervasi appears in the photo with his wife, the theater producer Jessica de Rothschild.

Gervasi appears in the photo with his wife, the theater producer Jessica de Rothschild.

Lands contends in his lawsuit, filed in Los Angeles Superior Court on September 26, that ‘Sacha Gervasi is a sexual predator.

In public, Gervasi is Hitchcock’s Academy Award-nominated director, as well as the screenwriter and/or filmmaker behind Steven Spielberg’s hit film The Terminal, Henry’s Crime starring Keanu Reeves, and the remake of How to Marry a Millionaire starring Nicole Kidman.

“Privately, Gervasi is a monster,” the suit says.

“Despite being a much-admired figure in the public eye, or perhaps because of the unbridled power that comes with such fame, Gervasi regularly engages in sexually harassing conduct.”

She writes in court documents obtained exclusively by DailyMail.com that he eventually took legal action because his work for Gervasi and de Rothschild was complete and charged him with a series of crimes, including sexual assault, assault, false imprisonment, gender-based violence, and creating a hostile work environment.

De Rothschild in May this year launched his own legal action against Lands, suing her for fraud.

Lands was hired to work on Gervasi and de Rothschild's Hollywood Hills home.

Lands was hired to work on Gervasi and de Rothschild's Hollywood Hills home.

Lands was hired to work on Gervasi and de Rothschild’s Hollywood Hills home.

Lands also revealed in court documents that she briefly dated the London-born filmmaker in the early 1990s.

Talented and well-connected, Gervasi was the drummer for Gavin Rossdale’s Bush Band before they became famous, and his first job was working for British Poet Laureate Ted Hughes.

In 2005, former Spice Girl Geri Halliwell gave birth to her daughter, Bluebell.

Gervasi married theater producer de Rothschild in December 2010 at a London wedding where guests included Alec Baldwin, Helena Bonham-Carter, Duran Duran’s Nick Rhodes and Simon Le Bon with his wife Yasmin Le Bon.

Lands stated in court documents that Gervasi’s marriage to the British heiress brought her closer to the couple.

“Lands assumed that she would be more protected due to the fact that he was involved with de Rothschild, so she was willing to become closer friends with Gervasi and de Rothschild,” she wrote.

“Unfortunately, Gervasi was lewd and disgusting in his physical behavior towards Lands, even when de Rothschild was present.”

Lands said she was hired in 2014 to work on the couple’s Hollywood Hills home, previously owned by Ryan Seacrest and Kevin Costner before him.

Lands claims that, while working for the couple, “Gervasi regularly touched and fondled Lands in a sexually inappropriate manner.”

He said he put up with it because he wanted to complete the project and get paid for his work.

Lands claims the situation escalated in July 2021, when Gervasi pushed her against his car as he was driving away, forcing her to kiss and grope her.

She said she walked away ‘shaking and crying’, telling a friend about the alleged assault.

Lands said she felt compelled to finish the job, but accused Gervasi of being ruthless, eventually pinning her to a table in the house by her wrists and “pushing her against it” until she managed to run away.

Lands (right) is pictured with Joyce Varvatos at a book launch in Beverly Hills in 2013

Lands (right) is pictured with Joyce Varvatos at a book launch in Beverly Hills in 2013

Lands (right) is pictured with Joyce Varvatos at a book launch in Beverly Hills in 2013

Lands said she managed to free herself and tried to escape, but alleges he “closed the door so she couldn’t get out.”

The lawsuit continues: ‘Once again, Gervasi pushed her body against Lands and attempted to kiss her on the neck and mouth.

‘Lands was telling her that it had to stop and that she needed to get out of the room and go. She finally opened the door and was able to leave the room. She chased Lands to her car and tried again to tell him that she loved him.

“Lands assumed that she would be more protected due to the fact that he was involved with de Rothschild, so she was willing to become closer friends with Gervasi and de Rothschild,” she wrote.

“Unfortunately, Gervasi was lewd and disgusting in his physical behavior towards Lands, even when de Rothschild was present.”

Lands said she was hired in 2014 to work on the couple’s Hollywood Hills home, previously owned by Ryan Seacrest and Kevin Costner before him.

Lands claims that, while working for the couple, “Gervasi regularly touched and fondled Lands in a sexually inappropriate manner.”

He said he put up with it because he wanted to complete the project and get paid for his work.

Lands claims the situation escalated in July 2021, when Gervasi pushed her against his car as he was driving away, forcing her to kiss and grope her.

She said she walked away ‘shaking and crying’, telling a friend about the alleged assault.

Lands said she felt compelled to finish the job, but accused Gervasi of being ruthless, eventually pinning her to a table in the house by her wrists and “pushing her against it” until she managed to run away.

Gervasi, whose academic father was an economic adviser to John F. Kennedy while he was in the White House, grew up in a prosperous and cultured home.

Educated at Oxford, his first job was with the British Poet Laureate Ted Hughes.

He then went to work for the curator of Samuel Beckett’s estate, setting up a sale of his papers at Sotheby’s.

Gervasi moved to Los Angeles to study film and in 2004 wrote the screenplay for The Terminal, starring Tom Hanks and directed by Steven Spielberg.

He also directed the 2010 documentary Anvil, about the Canadian heavy metal band of the same name, which won the Independent Spirit Award for Best Documentary. The film gained a cult following, last week it was re-released in theaters.

His first narrative feature film was the Oscar-nominated Hitchcock, starring Anthony Hopkins, Helen Mirren and Scarlett Johansson.

In 2019, he won an Emmy for My Dinner With Hervé, starring Peter Dinklage as French actor Hervé Villechaize.

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