UNITED NEWS INTERNATIONAL (UNI) — The state of New York has filed a civil rights lawsuit against disgraced movie mogul Harvey Weinstein and the film company that bears his name.
New York attorney General Eric Schneiderman alleges The Weinstein Company failed to protect employees from then-CEO Harvey Weinstein’s “pervasive sexual harassment, intimidation, and discrimination.”
On Sunday, Feb. 11, Schneiderman said his investigation turned up multiple complaints and widespread knowledge about Weinstein’s conduct.
This lawsuit claims Weinstein even employed a group of women whose job was to facilitate his “sexual conquests.”
Schneiderman maintains any sale of The Weinstein Company must ensure victims are compensated and employees are protected.
The Weinstein Company had been in the process of negotiating a $500 million sale, but those talks reportedly broke down over the weekend.
In a statement, the company’s board said many of the allegations about it are inaccurate.
Harvey Weinstein’s lawyer, meanwhile, maintains his client did nothing criminal.