NY attorney general files civil rights suit against Harvey Weinstein, Weinstein Co

Uma Thurman with Weinstein

NY state has confirmed it will sue The Weinstein Company, alleging the studio failed to protect employees from owner and movie mogul Harvey Weinstein.

"As alleged in our complaint, The Weinstein Company repeatedly broke NY law by failing to protect its employees from pervasive sexual harassment, intimidation and discrimination", said Schneiderman.

According to the suit, despite many complaints to the company's human resources department and widespread knowlege of misconduct allegations, the company failed to take "meaningful" steps to protect its employees.

The lawsuit states that any sale of the company "must ensure that victims will be compensated". Employee accounts of sexual harassment, intimidation and other misconduct are part of the suit.

Schneiderman's office launched an investigation in October into the brothers' company as accusations of sexual harassment and assault against Harvey Weinstein - and a subsequent cover up - began to surface.

The NYPD is also investigating rape allegations against Harvey Weinstein. The suit references the Weinstein Company's COO, but does not use Glasser's name.

The lawsuit, filed Sunday in New York County Supreme Court, comes amid negotiations over the sale of the company and its future leadership.

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".

Telephone and email messages seeking comment from Mr Weinstein were not immediately returned.

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