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NY State Sues Weinstein Co. for Not Protecting Employees

NY State Sues Weinstein Co. for Not Protecting Employees
Harvey Weinstein (AP)

Sunday, 11 February 2018 05:02 PM

The New York Attorney General's office has filed a blistering civil rights lawsuit against the Weinstein Co. and its founders, detailing a company culture that routinely violated the state's human rights laws and business regulations.

The 38-page complaint features a litany of abuses at the company by co-founder and former co-CEO Harvey Weinstein, who has been accused of sexual assault and misconduct by dozens of women since last fall. Attorney General Eric Schneiderman initiated an investigation of the company after extensive reports of Harvey Weinstein's misconduct were published in October by the New York Times and New Yorker. The complaint also cites instances in which Weinstein Co. senior managers failed to respond to employe complaints about Harvey Weinstein's behavior. The complaint cites TWC's "COO" but does not cite David Glasser by name.

The state's move comes days before the Weinstein Co. was set to finalize a sale of the beleaguered company to an investor group led by Maria Contreras-Sweet, the former Small Business Administration head under the Obama administration. But work in the finishing touches of the $500 million acquisition halted this weekend as word of the Attorney General's move surfaced. Schneiderman is seeking to have oversight of the company even after a sale given the level of violations outlined in the complaint. Those efforts may well be a deal-breaker for the investor group. Complicating matters further is the fact that Glasser was set to be named CEO of TWC after the sale.

Schneiderman's complaint details Harvey Weinstein issuing threats to TWC employees and the fact that the company had "a group of female employees whose primary job it was to accompany HW (sic) to events and to facilitate HW's sexual conquests," the complaint states. "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."

© AFP 2018

   
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The suit comes four months after allegations hit the Hollywood heavyweight, who is reportedly in treatment for sexual addiction as he faces parallel investigations by police in New York and London.
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