State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman sued Sunday to block the sale of the Weinstein Company, detailing new allegations against Harvey Weinstein as part of an effort to protect his victims.
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.
Schneiderman said the sale was “imminent” and that it could go through without giving Weinstein victims a chance to be properly compensated.
Schneiderman “believes that the proposed terms of the sale would allow the perpetrators or enablers of the misconduct to see a windfall, and allow top officials at TWC who share responsibility for the misconduct to serve in executive positions of the new entity,” his office said in a release.
The suit included an array of new allegations regarding Weinstein’s depraved behavior. The disgraced movie mogul has been accused by nearly 100 women of sexual harassment, bullying or rape.
He has apologized but denied that any encounter was nonconsensual.
In the new suit, Weinstein is accused of telling several employees, “I will kill you,” “I will kill your family” and “You don’t know what I can do.”
Women who have accused Harvey Weinstein of sexual harassment and assault
He allegedly boasted he had connections with the Secret Service that could take care of his problems.
“Female Weinstein employees are essentially used to facilitate his sexual conquests of vulnerable women who hope he will get them work,” one female executive said, according to the suit.
Weinstein’s drivers in Los Angeles and New York were required to keep condoms and erectile dysfunction injections in the car at all times, papers charge.
The suit charges that the human resources department at the Weinstein Company was completely corrupt. Rather than conduct any investigation in Weinstein’s alleged behavior, HR alerted the mogul to any allegations made against him, the suit says.
A Weinstein attorney did not immediately respond to a request for comment.