Mega Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein, who has been accused of sexual assault and harassment by numerous women dating back decades, has been hit with a civil rights lawsuit by New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, who announced the suit on Sunday.
The suit, filed against Weinstein, the Manhattan-based Weinstein Company and Weinstein's brother, Robert, cites "egregious violations of New York’s civil rights, human rights, and business laws."
The suit, filed in New York County Supreme Court, follows a four-month investigation and includes new and extensive allegations about longtime company CEO Harvey Weinstein’s "mistreatment of company employees" that Schneiderman described as "vicious and exploitative."
"Today’s suit includes numerous employee-victim accounts of sexual harassment, intimidation, and other misconduct," Schneiderman said.
“As alleged in our complaint, The Weinstein Company repeatedly broke New York law by failing to protect its employees from pervasive sexual harassment, intimidation, and discrimination,” said Schneiderman. “Any sale of The Weinstein Company must ensure that victims will be compensated, employees will be protected going forward, and that neither perpetrators nor enablers will be unjustly enriched. Every New Yorker has a right to a workplace free of sexual harassment, intimidation, and fear.”
Among numerous allegations in the suit, Weinstein told several employees throughout the relevant time period that, in substance, “I will kill you,” “I will kill your family,” and “You don’t know what I can do,” or words to that effect. HW touted his connection to powerful political figures and asserted that he had contacts within the Secret Service that could take care of problems.
The suit states that Weinstein made quid pro quo offers or demands of sexual favors in exchange for career advancement at the company, or to avoid adverse employment consequences at the company.
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