Harvey Weinstein sued by NY attorney general for civil rights violations

Tonya Becker
February 12, 2018

New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman has filed a lawsuit against the Weinstein Company and its founders, Harvey and Bob Weinstein, alleging that they committed "egregious violations of New York's civil rights, human rights, and business laws".

While the attorney general's investigation continues, the suit has been filed because Schneiderman's office is concerned that the sale of The Weinstein Company would leave victims without a way to get compensation for possible wrongdoing.

"The suit, filed today in New York County Supreme Court, includes new and extensive allegations about longtime company CEO Harvey Weinstein's vicious and exploitative mistreatment of company employees".

Mr Weinstein has been accused by more than 50 women of allegations ranging from rape to sexual harassment.

The lawsuit also threatens to disrupt a reported $500 million sale of the company the Weinstein brothers co-founded in 2005.

Weinstein was sacked as co-chairman of his namesake studio in early October amid mounting allegations, and he resigned from the board shortly after.

The suit also alleges that TWC repeatedly broke NY state law by failing to protect its employees from Weinstein's "unrelenting sexual harassment, intimidation, and discrimination".

The lawsuit follows a four-month investigation by New York's attorney general.

"According to a document reviewed by The Times, the attorney general's office has been seeking assurances that the company will establish a fund that will adequately compensate accusers".

But citing people familiar with the sale.

Harvey Weinstein, pictured at the 70th annual Cannes Film Festival at Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc on May 23, 2017 in Cap d'Antibes, France, was attacked at a restaurant.

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