New York prosecutors are suing The Weinstein Company for failing to protect its employees from the producer, the BBC has reported. The lawsuit is alleging that Weinstein abused various female employees and made verbal threats to kill staff members.
New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman said on Sunday that he had filed the lawsuit against The Weinstein Company, as well as Harvey Weinstein and his brother Robert, who co-founded the company.
He is seeking an unspecified sum to cover damages for victims of alleged abuse by Harvey Weinstein. As well as alleging that Weinstein sexually harassed and abused women employed by the studio, it accuses senior executives at the company of failing to prevent the mistreatment of staff, despite being presented with evidence.
The lawsuit follows a four-month investigation and cites multiple examples of alleged misconduct by the producer. The Weinstein Company has responded to the news, stating that it is “disappointed” by the lawsuit.
“Many of the allegations relating to the board are inaccurate and the board looks forward to brining the facts to light as part of its ongoing commitment to resolve this difficult situation in the most appropriate way,” the company said in a statement to Deadline.
Harvey Weinstein denies all allegations of non-consensual sex.
From: Harper’s BAZAAR UK