Monday, 19 February, 2018

Harvey Weinstein sued by NY attorney general for civil rights violations

NYC PAPERS OUT. Social media use restricted to low res file max 184 x 128 pixels and 72 dpi State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman sued Sunday to block the sale of the Weinstein Company
| 12 February, 2018, 02:10

New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman sued Weinstein Co., along with its co-founders, Harvey and Bob Weinstein, alleging longstanding sexual harassment and other civil-rights violations at the film company.

Any sale of The Weinstein Company must ensure that victims will be compensated, Schneiderman said in a statement.

State attorney general Eric Schneiderman said the lawsuit was filed in New York County Supreme Court and included new allegations about Weinstein's "vicious and exploitative mistreatment" of employees.

The New York attorney general says that Robert Weinstein, who was aware of his brother's sexual misconduct, allowed Harvey to create a hostile work environment and engage in sexual misconduct, which he was responsible for preventing.

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

Schneider's office says the lawsuit, which can be read below, "is the result of an ongoing four month investigation" into Weinstein and the company he co-founded.


The lawsuit emerged amid reports the company was about to be sold to an investor group - with plans to set up a "largely female-led studio".

The NYPD is also investigating rape allegations against Harvey Weinstein.

Weinstein's drivers in Los Angeles and NY were required to keep condoms and erectile dysfunction injections in the vehicle at all times, papers charge.

The attorney general's office said they also discovered that human resources at TWC was not empowered to take any action against Weinstein, and on one occasion one employee saw her compliant to HR directly forwarded to Weinstein.

Telephone and email messages seeking comment from Mr Weinstein were not immediately returned.

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