New York AG Files Lawsuit Against Harvey Weinstein, Brother And Firm

| February 12 , 2018 , 13:34 IST

The infamous Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein witnessed a drastic turn-around in his life, when he went from being a top producer, to a man accused by numerous women, including top actresses, of sexual assault, but it seems his troubles are far from over.

New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman has filed a lawsuit against Harvey Weinstein, his brother Robert and their firm the Weinstein Company, in connection with allegations of 'exploitive mistreatment' of company employees, media reported.

Schneiderman on Sunday said that a 4-month investigation into sexual harassment allegations at the firm found "vicious and exploitative mistreatment of company employees", quoted CNN. The subsequent lawsuit filed by the New York AG cites "egregious" violations of state, civil and human rights laws.

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Although the Weinstein brothers had been considering a deal to sell the company to an investor group for a profit of $275 million, the lawsuit would likely complicate the sale, as they would be first required to compensate the victims and would not receive any cash from the proposed sale.

"Any sale of the Weinstein Company must ensure that victims will be compensated, employees will be protected going forward, and that neither perpetrators nor enablers will be unjustly enriched," Schneiderman said.

Brothers Harvey and Robert Weinstein co-founded the 'Weinstein Company' company in March 2005 and has since then produced Hollywood blockbusters such as Django Unchained, The King's Speech, Silver Linings Playbook and Inglorious Bastards.

The firm has been accused of alleged misconduct from 2005 itself, which reportedly continued through October 2017, when the New York Times first reported allegations of sexual harassment on Harvey Weinstein.

The complaint alleges "a years-long gender-based hostile work environment, a pattern of quid-pro-quo sexual harassment, and routine misuse of corporate resources for unlawful ends".

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Meanwhile, Weinstein's attorney, replying to the lawsuit gave an official statement denying 'many of the allegations' against Harvey Weinstein.

"A fair investigation by Schneiderman will demonstrate that many of the allegations against Harvey Weinstein are without merit," the statement said.

"While Mr. (Harvey) Weinstein's behaviour was not without fault, there certainly was no criminality," it said.

Around 84 women have gone on record accusing Harvey Weinstein of sexual harassment/assault and 13 have accused him of rape. Famous women accusing Weinstein of sexual harassment include Kate Beckinsale, Salma Hayek, Lena Headey, Angelina Jolie and Mia Kirshner. Among the first to accuse Weinstein were Actresses Rose McGowan and Ashley Judd.