NY attorney general files suit against Harvey Weinstein and company

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New York's attorney general on Sunday filed a civil rights lawsuit against disgraced Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein, his brother and the Weinstein Company.

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.

Rose McGowan, Angelina Jolie, Gwyneth Paltrow and Cara Delevingne are among the high-profile women who have made various claims of sexual harassment, assault, and rape by Weinstein towards them; Weinstein has denied all allegations of non-consensual sex.

The lawsuit filed in Manhattan Supreme Court against Weinstein and the company he co-founded presented a major obstacle to the reported $500 million deal to sell the movie studio to former Obama administration official Maria Contreras-Sweet.

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Last month an investment group began exclusive negotiations for the company's assets. Weinstein was sacked by the company on October 8 following an expose detailing allegations of sexual assault and harassment.

"Every New Yorker has a right to a workplace free of sexual harassment, intimidation, and fear", said Attorney General Eric Schneiderman. "This compelled service demeaned and humiliated them, contributing to the hostile work environment".

The lawsuit alleges that the company broke NY law and violated the company's employees' rights by "failing to protect its employees from pervasive sexual harassment, intimidation, and discrimination", Schneiderman said in a statement.

A Weinstein attorney did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

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