Just days after a high-profile firing as the company attempts to clean house amid the Harvey Weinstein scandal, The Weinstein Co. is in the crosshairs of a lawsuit that will reportedly seek more than $85 million in damages.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, David Glasser, the company’s former president and chief operating officer, is readying the lawsuit. Glasser was fired by the company last Friday.
“Glasser has hired a Los Angeles law firm and is coming out swinging, threatening to prove that it was the Weinstein Co.’s board of directors that failed to stop Harvey Weinstein’s abusive workplace behavior,” THR reports. “Glasser has retained the law firm of Sauer & Wagner to file a suit against TWC and its remaining board members — Bob Weinstein, Lance Maerov and Tarak Ben Ammar — alleging wrongful termination, retaliation, breach of contract and defamation. The lawsuit will name the board members personally and will seek damages in excess of $85 million, according to a statement provided to The Hollywood Reporter.”
The statement from Sauer & Wagner partner Eve Wagner adds: “My client’s sudden termination was nothing more than a desperate attempt to deflect attention away from the very people who were empowered to halt Harvey Weinstein’s abusive behavior — chairman Bob Weinstein and the two other members of the TWC board of directors.
“Throughout his tenure at TWC, Mr. Glasser worked tirelessly to protect the employees of the company from Mr. Weinstein’s frequent outbursts. Numerous documents and emails clearly show that Mr. Glasser acted appropriately and responsibly whenever allegations of misconduct were brought to his attention.”