In court papers filed in Manhattan on Sunday, State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman says the Weinstein Co. “repeatedly broke New York law by failing to protect its employees from pervasive sexual harassment, intimidation and discrimination.”
Schneiderman says any sale of the company “must ensure that victims will be compensated” and that employees will be protected.
Schneiderman launched a civil rights probe into the New York City-based company in October after The New York Times and The New Yorker exposed allegations of sexual assault and harassment spanning decades. The company later fired Weinstein.
Weinstein’s lawyer Ben Brafman responded to the news in a statement published by Deadline. “We believe that a fair investigation by Mr. Schneiderman will demonstrate that many of the allegations against Harvey Weinstein are without merit,” said the attorney.
“While Mr. Weinstein’s behaviour was not without fault, there certainly was no criminality,” he continued. “And at the end of the inquiry it will be clear that Harvey Weinstein promoted more women to key executive positions than any other industry leader and there was zero discrimination at either Miramax or TWC.