NY filed a civil rights lawsuit Sunday against not only Harvey Weinstein, but also his brother Robert and The Weinstein Company (TWC). The suit seeks compensation for employees and to prevent executives who may have enabled the alleged conduct from taking power at the company in the future.
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Schneiderman's complaint details Harvey Weinstein issuing threats to TWC employees and the fact that the company had "a group of female employees whose primary job it was to accompany HW (sic) to events and to facilitate HW's sexual conquests", the complaint states. She told the New York Times Weinstein tried to push her down and shove himself on top of her and attempted to expose himself.More news: Swift in new avatar
The attorney general's office also claimed the board voted unanimously to approve a new contract that essentially fined him over complaints, rather than fire him.
The suit also includes claims from employees that Weinstein demanded sexual favors in exchange for career advancement. Weinstein's drivers in both New York City and Los Angeles were required to keep condoms and erectile dysfunction injections in the vehicle at all times, according to the NY attorney general's complaint. Complicating matters further is the fact that Glasser was set to be named CEO of TWC after the sale.
The suit says that the investigation shows that the head of human resources at Weinstein's company was not empowered to do anything about his ongoing sexual harassment of female employees.