State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman sued Sunday to block the sale of the Weinstein Company, detailing new allegations against Harvey Weinstein as part of an effort to protect his victims. The complaint also cites instances in which Weinstein Co. senior managers failed to respond to employe complaints about Harvey Weinstein's behavior.
The studio has been in talks to sell itself to a group of investors led by former Obama administration official Maria Contreras-Sweet, but Scheiderman's lawsuit has put deal negotiations on hold, according to people familiar with the matter.
"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".
Embattled movie producer Harvey Weinstein was sued by NY officials for creating a hostile work environment at the Weinstein Co. that allegedly featured "pervasive sexual harassment", intimidation and discrimination.
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.
The lawsuit alleges that the company broke ny law and violated the company's employees' rights by "failing to protect its employees from pervasive sexual harassment, intimidation, and discrimination", Schneiderman said in a statement.
The suit charges that the human resources department at the Weinstein Company was completely corrupt.