New York Attorney General sues Harvey Weinstein

Just Earth News | @justearthnews | 12 Feb 2018

New York Attorney General sues Harvey Weinstein

New York: At the end of an investigation into inappropriate sexual conduct, New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman has filed a lawsuit against American film producer Harvey Weinstein, his younger brother Robert and their firm.

The film producer is facing several allegations of sexual abuse.

As per an official statement issued from the office of New York Attorney General, it read: "The suit, filed today in New York County Supreme Court, includes new and extensive allegations about longtime company CEO Harvey Weinstein’s (“HW”) vicious and exploitative mistreatment of company employees. Today’s suit includes numerous employee-victim accounts of sexual harassment, intimidation, and other misconduct."

According to the Attorney General’s lawsuit, despite many complaints to TWC’s human resources department and widespread knowledge across the company’s leadership of HW’s persistent misconduct, TWC executives and the Board repeatedly failed to take meaningful steps to protect company employees or curb HW’s misconduct.

“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 Attorney General 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," he said.

The lawsuit is the result of an ongoing four-month investigation by the Office of the Attorney General.

In a latest revelation, Hollywood actress Uma Thurman had recently broken her silence and said American film producer Harvey Weinstein had attacked her in a hotel room.

In an interview to The New York Times, the actress revealed how two incidents in London took disturbing turn following the release of 1994's Oscar-winning Pulp Fiction.

As per The New York Times report, the first “attack,” she says, came not long after in Weinstein’s suite at the Savoy Hotel in London. 

Uma said the producer tried to do all kinds of 'unpleasant things'.

"It was such a bat to the head. He pushed me down. He tried to shove himself on me. He tried to expose himself. He did all kinds of unpleasant things. But he didn’t actually put his back into it and force me. You’re like an animal wriggling away, like a lizard. I was doing anything I could to get the train back on the track. My track. Not his track," she told the newspaper.

The actress revealed that after the first incident she had taken a friend with her to confront Weinstein.

However, his assistants pressured her to meet the Hollywood producer alone in his room.

Thurman says, she warned Weinstein, “If you do what you did to me to other people you will lose your career, your reputation and your family, I promise you.”

The news report said through a spokesperson, Weinstein denied ever threatening her prospects and said that he thought she was “a brilliant actress.”

The Weinstein row is one of the nastiest incidents to have come out from the multi-billion dollar industry.

A string of Hollywood A-listers, including Gwyneth Paltrow, Agelina Jolie and others have shared their stories of how Weinstein at various junctures in their lifetime had harassed them sexually.

Even though Weinstein had played down all accusations as 'patently false', most industry insider have claimed that his notorious behaviour was an 'open secret'.


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