Eric Schneiderman filed the civil rights suit against the Weinstein Company, claiming it repeatedly broke NY law by failing to protect its employees from pervasive sexual harassment, intimidation and discrimination.
Weinstein and his ex- business-partner brother violated numerous state codes against sexual harassment, intimidation, and other workplace safety protections, according to Schneiderman. Schneiderman's office said any sale must ensure that victims are compensated.
The New York attorney general is objecting to the appointment of Weinstein Co. veteran David Glasser to be CEO of the company under new ownership. Movie mogul Harvey Weinisten left his company amid allegations of sexual misconduct - which he has denied.
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New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman's lawsuit comes as Weinstein is seeking to sell his troubled studio to Maria Contreras-Sweet, a former Obama administration official, in a $500 million bid backed by billionaire Rob Burkle. 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.
A third group were were forced to facilitate Weinstein's sexual conquests, and to follow through on HW's promise of employment opportunities to women who met with Weinstein's favor.
On another occasion, Weinstein allegedly exposed himself to a female employee and made her take dictation from him while he leered at her, naked on his bed.