State Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman filed Sunday a civil rights lawsuit against The Weinstein Company and Hollywood producers Harvey and Robert Weinstein, alleging “egregious violations” of the state’s human rights and business laws and asking the court to intervene in the company’s sale.
Schneiderman’s office launched an investigation in October into the brothers’ company as accusations of sexual harassment and assault against Harvey Weinstein – and a subsequent coverup – began to surface. The attorney general’s probe remains ongoing, he said in a news release.
Schneiderman believes a sale “would leave victims without adequate redress, including a lack of a sufficient victims compensation fund” and could allow “the perpetrators or enablers of the misconduct to see a windfall,” according to the release.
The NYPD is also investigating Harvey Weinstein for alleged rape.
Harvey Weinstein’s lawyer, Benjamin Brafman, could not immediately be reached Sunday evening.