A lawsuit has been filed by New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman against The Weinstein Company, its former CEO Harvey Weinstein, and Robert Weinstein, the attorney general announced on Sunday.
As a result, Weinstein was dismissed by The Weinstein Company, and expelled from professional associations, including the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
The company has been in talks on possible sale to a group of investors. However, the lawsuit reportedly froze negotiations.
#BREAKING: My office just filed a civil rights lawsuit against the Weinstein Company.— Eric Schneiderman (@AGSchneiderman) February 11, 2018
Any sale of the company must ensure victims are adequately compensated, employees are protected, and that enablers of sexual misconduct will not be unjustly enriched.https://t.co/VGcDpc2pkT pic.twitter.com/GyHV9pUS72
Earlier, a spokesman for the Los Angeles county district attorney’s office said that two investigations regarding Harvey Weinstein had been handed over by Beverly Hills police to their office.