Variety reported that New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman filed a lawsuit on Sunday afternoon against the Weinstein Company, and the suit has raised concerns about the film company's soon-to-be CEO David Glasser. "They knew what was happening".
The attorney general's office stated that the decision to bring the lawsuit was partly in response to the current sale of the film company. The office was especially keen to have supervision over the company's sexual harassment policies, including provisions to ensure that complaints remain anonymous and do not result in retaliation.
"We believe that a fair investigation by Mr. Schneiderman will demonstrate that numerous allegations against Harvey Weinstein are without merit", the statement said.
"While Mr. Weinstein's behavior was not without fault, there certainly was no criminality, and at the end of the inquiry it will be clear that Harvey Weinstein promoted more women to key executive positions than any other industry leader and there was zero discrimination at either Miramax or [The Weinstein Company]", Brafman said in a statement.
The attorney general insisted that any deal to buy the company must ensure victims are "adequately compensated", that employees "be protected moving forward" and that executives involved in misconduct do not receive rewards.
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Joyce has been in the news since it was revealed last week that his former staffer Vikki Campion is pregnant with his child. He added that it was "vitally important" in differentiating between the public and the private.
Weinstein, who faces a wave of sexual assault claims stretching back to the 1970s, was ousted from his studio in October 2017 after the New York Times and the New Yorker magazine published accounts in which women accused him of sexual harassment and rape. "If the goal however is to scapegoat Mr Weinstein, he will vigorously defend himself".
"If the objective of the inquiry is to encourage reform throughout the film industry, Mr Weinstein will embrace the investigation", Brafman said. Weinstein was terminated from the company shortly after the allegations came to light. Mr Glasser is chief operating officer at the Weinstein Company and has been at the company for nearly a decade. "We were told that the physical personnel file has gone missing", Schneidermann said.
State prosecutors said the suit, the result of an ongoing investigation, was filed out of fear that an imminent sale of The Weinstein Company, now on the verge of bankruptcy, could leave victims without adequate redress. He and his brother, Robert, still own a large chunk of the company.
Schneiderman said it would be "unacceptable" for a newly configured company to include "the same people who were involved in perpetuating for 12 years this pattern of misconduct".
Sonia Ossorio, president of the National Organization for Women - New York, told the Guardian that she believed the exposure of the depth of harassment and abuse at the Weinstein Company would be a turning point.