– New York state sued Harvey Weinstein, his brother and their production company on Sunday for failing to protect employees from years of his alleged sexual misconduct despite multiple complaints from staff.
The lawsuit comes four months after the Hollywood mogul s career ended over allegations of sexual harassment, assault and rape now leveled by more than 100 women spanning 40 years.
State prosecutors said the suit, the result of an ongoing investigation, was filed out of fear that an imminent sale of The Weinstein Company, now on the verge of bankruptcy, could leave victims without adequate redress. The lawsuit now threatens to delay the sale.
Weinstein s lawyer poured cold water on the lawsuit and presented his 65-year-old client as a supporter of women s career advancement.
But state prosecutors accuse the company s board and executives of repeatedly failing to take adequate steps to protect staff or curb Weinstein s behavior, despite multiple complaints to hum