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BREAKING: New York's attorney general files lawsuit against Hollywood movie producer Harvey Weinstein and the Weinstein Co.

NY attorney general sues Weinstein Company, Harvey Weinstein over sexual misconduct





NEW YORK (Reuters) - New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman said on Sunday he had filed a civil suit against The Weinstein Company, Harvey Weinstein, and Bob Weinstein, alleging the company’s executives and board failed to protect employees from movie producer and former CEO Harvey Weinstein.

Weinstein, the 65-year-old co-founder of the Miramax studio, was one of Hollywood’s most influential men before more than 70 women accused him of sexual misconduct, including rape. He denies having non-consensual sex with anyone.

The lawsuit alleges that Weinstein sexually harassed employees and abused women for years. It says that Weinstein Company executives, including his brother and co-CEO Bob, failed to act despite repeatedly being presented with credible evidence of his sexual harassment and misconduct.

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The Weinstein Company and a spokeswoman for Harvey Weinstein were not immediately available for comment.

Schneiderman is seeking an unspecified amount of restitution and damages, plus penalties, for harm to victims.

Any sale of The Weinstein Company must ensure that victims will be compensated, Schneiderman said in a statement.

The studio has been in talks to sell itself to a group of investors...

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