New York state files lawsuit against Harvey Weinstein and company

Lawsuit accuses company executives and board of failing to act of accusations of harassment, discrimination and abuse.
The lawsuit accuses the company's board and executives of repeatedly failing to take adequate steps to protect staff or curb Harvey Weinstein's behaviour, despite multiple complaints.
The lawsuit accuses the company's board and executives of repeatedly failing to take adequate steps to protect staff or curb Harvey Weinstein's behaviour, despite multiple complaints.PHOTO: AFP

NEW YORK (AFP) - The state of New York filed a lawsuit against Harvey Weinstein, his brother and their eponymous production company on Sunday (Feb 11) for "egregious violations" of civil rights, human rights and business laws.

The suit comes four months after the Hollywood mogul's career ended in disgrace over mushrooming allegations of sexual harassment, assault and rape levelled against the producer by more than 100 women.

State attorney general Eric Schneiderman said the lawsuit was filed in New York County Supreme Court and included new allegations about Weinstein's "vicious and exploitative mistreatment" of employees.

It accuses the company's board and executives of repeatedly failing to take adequate steps to protect staff or curb Weinstein's behaviour, despite multiple complaints.

"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," said Schneiderman.

"Any sale of The Weinstein Company must ensure that victims will be compensated, employees will be protected going forward and that neither perpetrators nor enablers will be unjustly enriched." Weinstein is reportedly in treatment for sex addiction and is separately under investigation by British and US police, although he has not been charged with any crime. He denies having non-consensual sex.