Harvey Weinstein hit with sexual misconduct civil lawsuit by NY AG

Harvey Weinstein hit with sexual misconduct civil lawsuit by NY AG

Harvey Weinstein hit with sexual misconduct civil lawsuit by NY AG

The sale of the Weinstein Company, which was supposed to be completed this weekend, was thrown in turmoil as the outgoing board of directors rejected a settlement offer by New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman over civil rights violations.

The suit includes "numerous employee-victim accounts of sexual harassment, intimidation, and other misconduct".

The lawsuit states that any sale of the company "must ensure that victims will be compensated". Mr Weinstein has repeatedly denied the allegations.

Filed in New York County Supreme Court, the suit includes new and extensive accusations about longtime company CEO Harvey Weinstein's mistreatment of employees.

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Harvey Weinstein has been accused by almost 100 women of sexual harassment, bullying or rape.

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. Some members were flown in from London to NY to teach assistants how to dress and smell more attractive to the executive. "This compelled service demeaned and humiliated them, contributing to the hostile work environment". When the employee said no, he cajoled, badgered and insisted until she relented and, against her wishes, submitted to massaging him out of fear of employment-based retaliation. One female employee alleged that Harvey Weinstein exposed himself to her and would touch her without consent.

Schneiderman's office and reps for the Contreras-Sweet group and TWC did not immediately respond to TheWrap's request for comment.

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