Harvey Weinstein threatened to kill employees and their families, based on claims in a new civil-rights lawsuit filed against the now-notorious movie mogul, his brother Bob Weinstein, and their empire, The Weinstein Company.
Allegations about the serial harasser were filed in a lawsuit. The complaint was registered in New York County Supreme Court late Sunday. It alleges offenses of the state’s human rights, civil rights, and business laws.
It claims Weinstein “regularly berated women employing gender-based obscenities”–calling female employees “c –t” or “pussy” rather than using their original names when he was mad. Along with this sexual harassment, bullying, and allegations of sexual assault, Weinstein supposedly threatened the lives of his employees, stating “I’ll kill your family,” and, “You do not understand what I can do.”
Weinstein often bragged about his connection to political figures and said he had “contacts within the Secret Service that could take care of issues,” the lawsuit alleges.
The court records also claim that the board and management at the company “were repeatedly presented with credible proof of [Weinstein]’s sexual harassment” of employees “and also his use of corporate employees and resources to ease sexual activity with third parties”
In one incident, Weinstein fired a man assistant for being ” just a fucking f–t boy, a dumb fucking f–t boy,” based on an email complaint sent to human resources about the incident.
According to a different formal complaint made to the company’s human-resources department, Weinstein berated a female worker in 2012, threatening to “cut [her] loins,” which traumatized her and made her feel “forced out” of her own job. She said in the criticism that the incident resulted in her “severe stress.” Her criticism was supposedly solved through a deal.
Besides the threats, at least three sets of employees were needed to assist Weinstein make “sexual conquests,” according to the lawsuit.
The company employed one group of female employees whose main job it was to go with Weinstein to occasions and “ease” his “sexual conquests,” the suit states. Those women were kept on the payroll in a variety of cities, including London, Los Angeles, and New York. Witnesses claimed they were known as Weinstein’s “wing women.”
The next group was made up of women who “were compelled to take a variety of actions to further [Weinstein]’s regular sexual activity, including by calling ‘Friends of Harvey’ and other prospective sexual partners via text message or telephone or at his direction and maintaining distance on his own calendar for sexual activity.”
Members of this group at different times supposedly had to handle Weinstein’s erectile-dysfunction shots–and even administer the injections. Others had to prepare rooms in his workplace for sexual activity–and then clean up after it was finished.
The third, mostly female group of employees responsible for such demeaning work, according to the suit, had to ease Weinstein’s sexual activity by meeting with prospective sexual conquests and then following through on the job opportunities promised by Weinstein afterward.
Girls in each of the classes, according to the suit, described a hostile work environment created by these kinds of pursuits that was demeaning and humiliating.
His supporters, according to the suit, maintained copies of a document they called the “Bible,” which detailed Weinstein’s likes and dislikes and titles that would help arrange sexual activity because of him.
Weinstein’s drivers, in Los Angeles and New York City, were said to be required to keep condoms and erectile-dysfunction injections in their own cars at all times.
Schneiderman stated that Bob Weinstein, who was deeply aware of his brother's sexual misconduct, did nothing to prevent it.
In a press conference on Monday afternoon, Schneiderman said the 4-month analysis revealed “flagrant” misconduct worse than anything else he’s seen at any other company.
Per The Hollywood Reporter, the lawsuit–which seeks restitution and damage obligations for Weinstein’s alleged victims–will likely delay the sale of the company, which was expected to close this weekend. According to The New York Times, the company was anticipating a deal that could have brought in $275 million, as well as the premise of $225 million in debt.
“Any sale of this Weinstein Company must ensure that victims will be compensated, employees will be protected going forward, and that neither perpetrators nor enablers will be unjustly enriched,” Schneiderman said in a news release.
“We feel that a reasonable investigation by Mr. Schneiderman will reveal that a number of the allegations from Harvey Weinstein are without merit,” the movie mogul’s lawyer informed USA Today, in a declaration. “While Mr. Weinstein’s behavior was not without fault, there certainly was no criminality, also at the close of the question it will be clear that Harvey Weinstein encouraged more women to key executive positions than any other business pioneer and there was no discrimination at either Miramax or TWC.”
More than 50 women have come forward since October with allegations from Weinstein that include everything from rape to sexual harassment. His alleged victims comprise starlets like Kate Beckinsale, Rose McGowan, Lupita Nyong’o, Uma Thurman, and Gwyneth Paltrow.
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