Harvey Weinstein sued by NY attorney general for civil rights violations

The lawsuit presents an obstacle for ex Obama administration official Maria Contreras-Sweet's bid for the company

The lawsuit presents an obstacle for ex Obama administration official Maria Contreras-Sweet's bid for the company

The New York Attorney General is suing the company of former Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein for "egregious violations of New York's civil rights, human rights and business laws".

Schneiderman believes a sale "would leave victims without adequate redress, including a lack of a sufficient victims compensation fund" and could allow "the perpetrators or enablers of the misconduct to see a windfall", according to the release.

He has since been accused of rape by three women, sexual assault, and harassment.

Among the specific allegations against Harvey Weinstein, who is now undergoing rehabilitation in Arizona, is the allegation he threatened employees with violence, touted his connections to powerful political figures and asserted that he had contacts within the Secret Service "that could take care of problems".

"As alleged in our complaint, The Weinstein Company repeatedly broke NY law by failing to protect its employees from pervasive sexual harassment, intimidation and discrimination", said Schneiderman".

The lawsuit presents an obstacle for ex-Obama administration official Maria Contreras-Sweet's bid for the company. "Today's suit includes numerous employee-victim accounts of sexual harassment, intimidation, and other misconduct", said a statement from the attorney general's office. "This compelled service demeaned and humiliated them, contributing to the hostile work environment".

Weinstein, the disgraced movie mogul, was ousted from his role at The Weinstein Company past year after numerous reports of sexual misconduct. One female employee alleged that Harvey Weinstein exposed himself to her and would touch her without consent. The suit alleges that the COO failed to protect the company's employees.

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