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New York Attorney General Schneiderman sues Harvey Weinstein

New York Attorney General Schneiderman sues Harvey Weinstein

In December 2017 six women also filed a lawsuit against Harvey Weinstein and his former businesses in a proposed class action in the Southern District of ny.

Eric Schneiderman filed the civil rights suit against the Weinstein Company, claiming it repeatedly broke NY law by failing to protect its employees from pervasive sexual harassment, intimidation and discrimination. The lawsuit has halted a potential sale of the company. Movie mogul Harvey Weinisten left his company amid allegations of sexual misconduct - which he has denied.

"As alleged in our complaint, The Weinstein Company repeatedly broke NY law by failing to protect its employees from pervasive sexual harassment, intimidation, and discrimination", Attorney General Schneiderman said.

Contreras-Sweet, the former head of the U.S. Small Business Administration under President Barack Obama, was expected to buy the company for $500 million, leading to a complete overhaul of the company including a new name and a female-majority board of directors.

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He has since been accused of rape by three women, sexual assault, and harassment.

The suit says that the investigation shows that the head of human resources at Weinstein's company was not empowered to do anything about his ongoing sexual harassment of female employees.

Schneiderman believes a sale "would leave victims without adequate redress, including a lack of a sufficient victims compensation fund" and could allow "the perpetrators or enablers of the misconduct to see a windfall", according to the release.

A Weinstein attorney did not immediately respond to a request for comment.