New York, the prosecutors have filed a lawsuit against the Weinstein Company, claiming that the studio failed to protect employees from Harvey Weinstein.
The film producer is facing dozens of accusations of sexual abuse, including rape, but deny the non-consensual sex.
The action alleges that Mr. Weinstein abused female employees and made verbal threats to kill staff members.
A lawyer for Mr. Weinstein said a “fair investigation” is to demonstrate that many of the accusations are without foundation.
The Weinstein Company is yet to comment.
Weinstein timeline: How the scandal explainedWhat is the cause?
New York attorney General Eric Schneiderman said Sunday that he had lodged the complaint against the Weinstein Company, as well as Mr. Weinstein and his brother Robert, who co-founded the firm.
He is seeking an unspecified amount to cover damages, plus penalties, to the victims of alleged abuse by Harvey Weinstein, 65.
The document declares that Mr. Weinstein sexually harassed and abused women employed by the studio for years.
It accuses senior executives of the company, including Robert Weinstein, of failing to prevent the mistreatment of staff, despite being presented with evidence.
The cause follows of four months, investugation and cites numerous examples of alleged misconduct by Mr. Weinstein, including:
Verbal threats, as he tells employees, “I will kill you” or “I want to kill your family.”
The employment of female staff as a “wing woman” to “accompany [Mr. Weinstein] for events and facilitate [his] sexual conquests”
Demanding sexual favors in exchange for promotion at work at the studio
That require his drivers to “keep the condoms and erectile dysfunction, injections in the car all the time”
The requirement for assistants to the program “for personal sexual activities” both during office hours and after work
The film producer agreement that it would be contained to the proviso that the abuse claims would result in a financial penalty, rather than be banned, which “effectively monetized” sexual harassment.
In response, the Mr the. brafman, said that while Mr. Weinstein’s behavior was “not without fault”, there was “no criminality”.
“At the end of the inquiry, it is clear that Harvey Weinstein promoted more women to key executive positions than any other leader in the industry, and there was nothing of discrimination, and Miramax [the Weinstein Company].”, he said. What does this mean for the Weinstein Company?
The dress casts doubt over the sale of the Weinstein Company, which is fighting against bankruptcy, and is in negotiations with investors.
Mr. Schneiderman said his investigation was continuing, but he had brought the suit out of concern that a possible sale to leave the alleged victims without adequate compensation, and could benefit “the authors or facilitators”.
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It was reported that the businesswoman Maria Contreras-Sweet has led the negotiations to purchase the study for $ 500 million (Â£362m).
But after the news of the suit emerged, the negotiations are now said to be waiting.
Investors missed the idea of the lawsuit adding conditions to the sale, the Variety reported.What is Mr. Weinstein accused of?
In October of last year, The New York Times published a story detailing decades of sexual harassment allegations against Mr. Weinstein.
Since then, more than 50 women, including some of the biggest names in Hollywood, have accused the producer of sexual violence, harassment, abuse and rape.
In the wake of the allegations, Mr. Weinstein was fired by the board of directors of the company.
He is under investigation by the UNITED kingdom and the UNITED states the police, but there are brought.
Mr. Weinstein, who was once among the most powerful men in Hollywood, has admitted that his behavior “has caused a lot of pain,” but has described the accusations against him as “patently false”.