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NY A.G. Files Lawsuit Against Weinstein Co., Harvey Weinstein, Robert Weinstein

The New York Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman filed suit against The Weinstein Company or TWC, Harvey Weinstein, and Robert Weinstein for egregious violations of New York's civil rights, human rights, and business laws. The suit, filed today in New York County Supreme Court, includes new and extensive allegations about longtime company CEO Harvey Weinstein's or "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 or "OAG" 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."

Today's lawsuit is the result of an ongoing four month investigation by the Office of the Attorney General ("OAG"). The investigation included interviews with multiple company employees, executives, and survivors of Harvey Weinstein's sexual misconduct. The investigation also included an exhaustive review of company records and emails.

Harvey Weinstein was fired from Weinstein Co. on October 8 following allegations of sexual misconduct and assault.

Harvey Weinstein's alleged threats to employees included saying "I will kill you," "I will kill your family" and "You don't know what I can do," or "words to that effect," the lawsuit stated.

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