Friday, 25 May, 2018

NY attorney general sues Weinstein Company, Harvey Weinstein over sexual misconduct

Not Released NY AG To File Civil Rights Lawsuit Against Weinstein Company; Will It Fatally Imperil Deal And Employees?
Rosie Leonard | 12 February, 2018, 02:13

NY filed a civil rights lawsuit Sunday against not only Harvey Weinstein, but also his brother Robert and The Weinstein Company (TWC).

Mr Schneiderman said in a statement that "neither perpetrators nor enablers will be unjustly enriched" by any sale of the studio and that the sale "must ensure that victims will be compensated".

FILE PHOTO: New York Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman announces the filing of a multistate lawsuit to protect Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) recipients at a press conference at John Jay College in New York City, U.S. on September 6, 2017.

Schneiderman's lawsuit alleges numerous instances of alleged harassment by Weinstein, including claims that multiple groups of Weinstein Company employees were responsible for facilitating Harvey's sexual encounters.

In addition, investigators also said they discovered that Weinstein threatened to kill employees and their family members, and made quid pro quo offers or demands of sexual favors in exchange for career advancement.

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 suit comes after a four-month investigation by the Attorney General's office into mounting allegations against Weinstein and The Weinstein Company.

The lawsuit potentially complicates the sale of the company, once one of Hollywood's most powerful film studios. Schneiderman's complaint noted that the imminent sale of the company likely would leave victims without "adequate redress, including a lack of a sufficient victims compensation fund".

At the same time, the allegations helped catalyze a vast movement to root out sexual misconduct in Hollywood, Capitol Hill and other industries.

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