NY sues Harvey Weinstein's company for 'explotive mistreatment' of workers


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.

"As alleged in our complaint, The Weinstein Company repeatedly broke NY law by failing to protect its employees from pervasive sexual harassment, intimidation and discrimination", Mr Schneiderman said.

"If or when The Weinstein Company is sold or liquidated, victims of abuse deserve a cut of the action", according to the Manhattan Supreme Court lawsuit. The group, officially led by former Small Business Administration chief Maria Contreras-Sweet, was expected to seal a $500 million deal as soon as Sunday. The complaint also cites instances in which Weinstein Co. senior managers failed to respond to employe complaints about Harvey Weinstein's behavior.

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The office also said, "drivers in both New York City and Los Angeles were required to keep condoms and erectile dysfunction injections in the auto at all times, in order to provide them to (Weinstein) as needed". The entourage was known to witnesses as Weinstein's "wing women".

A second group of assistants, the complaint alleges, "were compelled to take various steps to further Harvey Weinstein's regular sexual activity, including by contacting "Friends of Harvey" and other prospective sexual partners via text message or phone at his direction and maintaining space on his calendar for sexual activity".

Weinstein, a former Hollywood titan, was accused of sexual assault and harassment by dozens of women. One female employee alleged that Harvey Weinstein exposed himself to her and would touch her without consent.