NY sues Weinstein company over sexual harrassment

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NY attorney general Eric Schneiderman has filed a lawsuit against disgraced movie producer Harvey Weinstein, his brother Bob Weinstein and their film production company alleging serious violations of civil rights, human rights and state business laws.

"As alleged in our complaint, The Weinstein Company repeatedly broke NY law by failing to protect its employees from pervasive sexual harassment, intimidation, and discrimination", Schneiderman said in a prepared statement.

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. Schneiderman's office said any sale must ensure that victims are compensated.

The lawsuit could block the sale of the company.


New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman's lawsuit comes as Weinstein is seeking to sell his troubled studio to Maria Contreras-Sweet, a former Obama administration official, in a $500 million bid backed by billionaire Rob Burkle. Rather than conduct any investigation in Weinstein's alleged behavior, HR alerted the mogul to any allegations made against him, the suit says. The entourage was known to witnesses as Weinstein's "wing women".

Weinstein, a former Hollywood titan, was accused of sexual assault and harassment by dozens of women. The suit alleges that the COO failed to protect the company's employees.

A rep for Harvey Weinstein could not be immediately reached for comment on Sunday.

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