Weinstein Company sued by New York attorney general


New York’s a suit Sunday versus long time Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein, his brother Robert Weinstein and the Weinstein Business for “egregious violations” of the state’s , human rights and organisation laws.

In the court documents submitted in Manhattan, Eric Schneiderman declares executives from the business and its board regularly cannot secure workers from Harvey Weinstein, who was CEO at the time.

The suit, which is the outcome of a four-month examination, consists of “comprehensive and brand-new accusations” about Harvey Weinstein’s ” vicious and exploitative mistreatment of business staff members.”

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New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, seen here in 2016, says the law suit was filed because of the imminent sale of the company, which could “leave victims without adequate redress.” (Mary Altaffer/The Associated Press)

Groups of women allegedly facilitated sexual activity

Numerous accounts of sexual harassment, intimidation, and other misconduct have been gathered.

“You don’t know what I can do”

– threat allegedly made by Harvey Weinstein to employees, according to court documents

Amongst them are claims that Weinstein utilized threatening language such as “I will eliminate your household” and “you have no idea exactly what I can do,” informing staff members he had connections in high positions to look after issues.

The match likewise mentions that Weinstein had 3 different groups of mainly female workers: one to “assist in” his “sexual conquests,” and another comprised of assistants to keep area on his calendar for “routine sex.

A 3rd group of ladies, generally female executives, was needed “to consult with potential sexual conquests” and to follow through on Weinstein’s “guarantee of job opportunity to ladies” who consulted with his favor.

“This compelled service demeaned and humiliated them, contributing to the hostile work environment,” the claim says

The declarations have actually not been shown in court.


Harvey’s brother and Weinstein Company co-founder Robert Weinstein, at left, has also been named in the suit. (Mark Von Holden/Getty Images for Dimension Films)

Personals and a ‘bonus’

The 38-page complaint, filed in New York’s Supreme Court, seeks to “remedy a years-long gender-based hostile work atmosphere, a pattern of quid pro quo sexual harassment, and routine misuse of corporate resources for unlawful ends” between 2005 as well as October 2017.

The suit claims a document known to assistants as the “Bible” contained specific directions on how to arrange frequent sexual activity, known as “personals.” Expenses associated with the encounters were often coded as business-related if, for instance, a woman had previously auditioned for a Weinstein project.

In addition, Weinstein’s drivers in Los Angeles and New York were allegedly “required to keep condoms and erectile dysfunction injections in the car at all times.” In addition, an employee was given a “bonus” for helping procure the drugs for him, which were often charged to the company.

Grievances to human resources were not investigated or treated confidentially, according to court documents, which also allege the company took steps to remove vocal employees or insist on non-disclosure agreements.

‘ Hostile’ environment could continue under new name
The attorney general says the investigation is ongoing, however the suit was introduced now since of the imminent sale of the company, which could “leave victims without adequate redress, including a lack of a sufficient victims compensation fund.”

Any sale of the Weinstein Company must ensure that employees are protected going forward, the attorney general said. A potential sale could allow top officials who were allegedly aware of the misconduct to continue occupying key positions under a newly formed entity.

Harvey Weinstein has been accused by dozens of women, including several high-profile actresses, of sexual harassment and sexual assault. The disgraced media mogul initially asked forgiveness for his behavior but has denied accusations of rape.

The accusations, first stated by the New York Times in October of 2017, led to mass movements supporting women including #MeToo and Time’s Up.

Harvey Weinstein’s lawyer, Ben Brafman, told Deadline in a statement Sunday after the filing: “While Mr. Weinstein’s behaviour was not without fault, there certainly was no criminality.”