The lawsuit has also been brought against Mr Weinstein's brother Robert Weinstein.
The state of NY filed a lawsuit against Harvey Weinstein, his brother and their eponymous production company Sunday for "egregious violations" of civil rights, human rights and business laws.
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Schneiderman said Sunday the lawsuit is the result of a four-month investigation that included "interviews with multiple company employees, executives, and survivors of Harvey Weinstein's sexual misconduct", as well as "an exhaustive review of company records and emails".
"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. 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.
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The 38-page complaint features a litany of abuses at the company by co-founder and former co-CEO, who has been accused of sexual assault and misconduct by dozens of women since last fall.
Weinstein, the disgraced movie mogul, was ousted from his role at The Weinstein Company a year ago after numerous reports of sexual misconduct.
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The lawsuit potentially complicates the sale of the company, once one of Hollywood's most powerful film studios. "Today's suit includes numerous employee-victim accounts of sexual harassment, intimidation, and other misconduct", said a statement from the attorney general's office.