Harvey Weinstein And Movie Studio Sued By New York Attorney General

Harvey Weinstein And Movie Studio Sued By New York Attorney General

Schneiderman's office launched an investigation in October into the brothers' company as accusations of sexual harassment and assault against Harvey Weinstein - and a subsequent cover up - began to surface.

NY state has confirmed it will sue The Weinstein Company, alleging the studio failed to protect employees from owner and movie mogul Harvey Weinstein.

In the lawsuit, Eric Schneiderman says any future sale of The Weinstein Company must ensure that victims are compensated, future employees are protected, and that neither Harvey nor Bob Weinstein benefits from the sale.

"To work for Harvey Weinstein was to work under a persistent barrage of gender-based obscenities, vulgar name-calling, sexualized interactions, threats of violence, and a workplace general hostile to women", according to court papers.

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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. The suit seeks compensation for employees and to prevent executives who may have enabled the alleged conduct from taking power at the company in the future.

USA TODAY has reached out to representatives for The Weinstein Company for comment.

Weinstein, the disgraced movie mogul, was ousted from his role at The Weinstein Company past year after numerous reports of sexual misconduct. Employee accounts of sexual harassment, intimidation and other misconduct are part of the suit.

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