NY Attorney General sues Harvey Weinstein, his company

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CREDIT Michael Buckner Variety REX Shutterstock

New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman has filed a civil rights lawsuit against former Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein and The Weinstein Company.

The lawsuit demands that any money from the sale of the company must compensate victims.

Schneiderman said Sunday that a four-month investigation into sexual harassment found "vicious and exploitative mistreatment of company employees". Allegations first surfaced in October after an investigative report by the New York Times.

He has apologized but denied that any encounter was nonconsensual.

Schneiderman's lawsuit includes dozens of specific examples of misconduct, including allegations that he told several employees, "I will kill you", "I will kill your family", and "You don't know what I can do". The suit seeks compensation for employees and to prevent executives who may have enabled the alleged conduct from taking power at the company in the future. The standoff occurred because the Weinstein Company board rejected a settlement offer on Wednesday that potentially left them open to liability over sexual harassment claims against the company, according to an individual with knowledge of the talks.

Harvey Weinstein is now the target of a lawsuit brought by the State Attorney General of NY.

This lawsuit would not block the sale, but the A.G.'s office would be able to file a temporary restraining order blocking it within 30 days of the sale contract being signed.

A representative for Weinstein could not be immediately reached for comment Sunday.

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