New York Attorney General sues Harvey Weinstein and The Weinstein Company

12 February, 2018, 01:40 | Author: Eleanor Thompson
  • Maria Contreras Sweet withdraws $500M offer to buy Weinstein Co

The state of NY filed a lawsuit against Harvey Weinstein, his brother and their eponymous production company Sunday for "egregious violations" of civil rights, human rights and business laws.

Schneiderman's office launched an investigation in October into the brothers' company as accusations of sexual harassment and assault against Harvey Weinstein - and a subsequent cover up - began to surface.

Schneiderman's complaint details Harvey Weinstein issuing threats to TWC employees and the fact that the company had "a group of female employees whose primary job it was to accompany HW (sic) to events and to facilitate HW's sexual conquests", the complaint states.

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The lawsuit presents an obstacle for ex-Obama administration official Maria Contreras-Sweet's bid for the company.

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The Attorney General's lawsuit alleges that company executives and board members repeatedly failed to protect employees from their then-CEO's unrelenting sexual harassment, intimidation, and discrimination.

The suit included an array of new allegations regarding Weinstein's depraved behavior. She told the New York Times Weinstein tried to push her down and shove himself on top of her and attempted to expose himself. The company later fired Weinstein.

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Schneiderman's lawsuit includes dozens of specific examples of misconduct, including allegations that he told several employees, "I will kill you", "I will kill your family", and "You don't know what I can do".

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

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