Harvey Weinstein, who was fired earlier this month from the company he co-founded, filed a lawsuit today against The Weinstein Co., Variety reports. The suit seeks access to his personnel file and email account.
“In the suit, filed in Delaware, Weinstein says the company has denied his attorney’s request for the documents,” Variety reports. “At the same time, the Weinstein Company board has sought numerous records from Weinstein, as well as access to his cell phone, as it pursues an independent investigation of harassment claims. The company is also asking Weinstein to assist in the investigation by releasing potential witnesses from their non-disclosure agreements.”
Weinstein’s suit states: “Mr. Weinstein believes that his email account — which is the primary, if not only, account he used during the term of his employment by the Company — will contain information exonerating him, and therefore the Company, from claims that may be asserted against him or the Company.”
Variety adds: “In a letter attached to the complaint, Weinstein’s attorney, Patricia Glaser, holds out the possibility that Weinstein may sue for wrongful termination. She also accuses the board of ‘a knee-jerk pursuit of a fire sale of the Company, all before completing a thorough investigation to discern exactly what did or did not occur.’”