Entertainment New York state sues Harvey Weinstein's company over sexual misconduct claims

17:14  12 february  2018
17:14  12 february  2018 Source:   ibtimes.co.uk

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Harvey Weinstein is a 64 year old, world famous man and this is his company . The balance of power is me: 0, Harvey Weinstein : 10. A version of this article appears in print on October 6, 2017, on Page A1 of the New York edition with the headline: Sexual Misconduct Claims Trail a Hollywood

Harvey Weinstein sexual abuse allegations. Harvey Weinstein is an American film producer and executive who gained fame producing independent films as co-founder of Miramax Films and The Weinstein Company .

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New York's attorney general has filed a lawsuit against disgraced Harvey Weinstein and the Weinstein Company following an investigation into allegations of sexual misconduct.

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

Schneiderman launched a civil rights probe into the New York City-based company in October after The New York Times and The New Yorker exposed allegations of sexual assault and harassment spanning decades. The company later fired Weinstein.

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RELATED: Harvey and Bob Weinstein Sued for Alleged ‘ Sex Trafficking’ in Cannes. The Oscar-winning producer has been accused of sexual misconduct by over 50 women since The New York Times and The New Yorker documented decades of alleged sexual misconduct and sexual assault

New York prosecutors have filed a lawsuit against the Weinstein Company , alleging that the studio failed to protect staff from Harvey Weinstein . The film producer is facing dozens of allegations of sexual abuse, including rape, but denies non-consensual sex .

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"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 " Weinstein effect", or the " Weinstein ripple effect", is a global trend in which people come forward to accuse famous or powerful men of sexual misconduct . The term came into use to describe a worldwide wave of these allegations that began in the United States in October 2017

Harvey Weinstein AFP/Getty Images. Another actress accused Harvey Weinstein of sex assault Tuesday — and slapped his company with a lawsuit claiming it allowed the Hollywood producer to prey “For years TWC condoned and enabled Weinstein ’ s sexual misconduct with young women.

Schneiderman's probe found that employees were subjected to various verbal threats from Weinstein such as "I will kill you, I will kill your family, and "you don't know what I can do."

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In one case, the probe found that "in a fit of rage against one female employee, he yelled that she should leave the company and make babies since that was all she was good for."

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Telephone and email messages seeking comment from Weinstein and the company were not immediately returned.

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