New York AG sues Harvey Weinstein following sexual misconduct allegations

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Former President Barack Obama's head of the Small Business Administration Maria Contreras Sweet

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

The lawsuit contends that company executives "repeatedly failed to take meaningful steps to protect company employees or curb" Weinstein's "misconduct" despite "many complaints" to the company's human resources department, among other factors.

Schneiderman believes a sale "would leave victims without adequate redress, including a lack of a sufficient victims compensation fund" and could allow "the perpetrators or enablers of the misconduct to see a windfall", according to the release.

The complaint comes after four months of investigation and as the company seemed to be nearing a $500m sale to a group led by Maria Contreras-Sweet, who led the Small Business Administration for Barack Obama.

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He denies allegations of non consensual sex.

Mr Weinstein has been accused by several women, including actresses Selma Hayek, Gwyneth Paltrow, and Lupita Nyong'o, of sexual harassment.

"Every New Yorker has a right to a workplace free of sexual harassment, intimidation, and fear", said Attorney General Eric Schneiderman. Some members were flown in from London to NY to teach assistants how to dress and smell more attractive to the executive. Rather than conduct any investigation in Weinstein's alleged behavior, HR alerted the mogul to any allegations made against him, the suit says. One female employee alleged that Harvey Weinstein exposed himself to her and would touch her without consent.

Harvey Weinstein's lawyer, Benjamin Brafman, could not immediately be reached Sunday evening.

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