“On Sunday, New York Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman filed suit against The Weinstein Company, Harvey Weinstein and Robert Weinstein for egregious violations of New York’s civil rights, human rights and business laws,” reports USA Today.
The story continues, “Filed in New York County Supreme Court, the suit includes new and extensive accusations about longtime company CEO Harvey Weinstein’s mistreatment of employees. Employee accounts of sexual harassment, intimidation and other misconduct are part of the suit.”
The Wall Street Journal (in a story behind a pay wall) reports that “A proposed deal to sell troubled Weinstein Co. fell apart Sunday” after the suit was filed.
The Journal continues, “A group led by businesswoman Maria Contreras-Sweet was close to a deal to buy Weinstein Co. for about $500 million, including the assumption of debt, when the attorney general filed the suit Sunday, said a person close to the transaction.”
However, Deadline.com says “Deadline continues to hear the deal [to sell the Weinstein Company to Contreras-Sweet] is not dead.”
Here are some of the allegations in the lawsuit. HW refers to Harvey Weinstein:
“At HW’s direction, ‘TWC employed one group of female employees whose primary job it was to accompany HW to events and to facilitate HW’s sexual conquests…These women were described by some witnesses as members of HW’s TWC “roster” or his “wing women.” One of the members of this entourage was flown from London to New York to teach HW’s assistants how to dress and smell more attractive to HW…'”
“A second group of predominantly female employees served as his assistants. HW’s assistants were compelled to take various steps to further HW’s regular sexual activity, including by contacting ‘Friends of Harvey’ and other prospective sexual partners via text message or phone at his direction and maintaining space on his calendar for sexual activity.
“A third group of predominantly female TWC employees– a group of female executives – also were forced to facilitate HW’s sexual conquests. These female employees’ job responsibilities should have been confined to using their expertise to help TWC produce films and television projects. Yet despite their skills and stated job responsibilities, HW required them to meet with prospective sexual conquests in order to facilitate HW’s sexual activity, and to follow through on HW’s promise of employment opportunities to women who met with HW’s favor. This compelled service demeaned and humiliated them, contributing to the hostile work environment.”
These allegations are in a press release put out by the New York Attorney General’s office that you can read here.
To read the actual lawsuit itself, please click here.