AG Eric Schneiderman sues Weinstein Company, reveals new allegations against movie mogul

Maria Contreras Sweet withdraws $500M offer to buy Weinstein Co

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New York's attorney general on Sunday filed a civil rights lawsuit against disgraced Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein, his brother and the Weinstein Company.

Eric Schneiderman said in a statement that the Weinstein Company "repeatedly broke ny law by failing to protect its employees from pervasive sexual harassment, intimidation, and discrimination".

Schneiderman said the sale was "imminent" and that it could go through without giving Weinstein victims a chance to be properly compensated.

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.

The complaint comes after four months of investigation and as the company seemed to be nearing a $500m sale to a group led by Maria Contreras-Sweet, who led the Small Business Administration for Barack Obama. Weinstein has denied any accounts of non-consenusal sex.

"Every New Yorker has a right to a workplace free of sexual harassment, intimidation, and fear", said Attorney General Eric Schneiderman. The entourage was known to witnesses as Weinstein's "wing women".

The investigation included interviews with multiple company employees, executives and victims of the alleged sexual misconduct. Another complaint alleges that he humiliated a male executive at his company by asking other TWC executives if they could "smell his pussy". At one point, Schneiderman alleges that Harvey fired a male assistant for being "just a fucking faggot boy, a stupid fucking faggot boy".

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

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