The suit claims that Weinstein targeted “vulnerable, aspiring actresses, models and entertainers as sexual conquests” and used his company as a “bargaining chip in return for sexual favors.” He also had female executives attend meetings to give the air of a formal business transaction while discussing “career trajectories,” according to the suit.
New York’s Attorney General Eric Schneiderman sued ousted movie mogul Harvey Weinstein and The Weinstein Company on Sunday for more than 10 years of sexually harassing women in the entertainment industry and demanding sex in exchange for employment.
The damning, 39-page indictment was the result of a four-month investigation into The Weinstein Company after The New York Times and New Yorker exposed decades’ worth of allegations of sexual harassment and assault against Weinstein from multiple women, including Rose McGowan and Ashley Judd.
The reports led to Weinstein’s firing and his exclusion from the Academy, opening the floodgates for the #MeToo movement.
In the aftermath, women and survivors of sexual assault have come forward to discuss their experiences, provoking conversations about sexism, trust and power dynamics. But the lawsuit takes a closer look at the repeated institutional failures that supported years of misconduct and empowered Weinstein.
The suit does not accuse Weinstein of assault and representatives for Weinstein have previously denied all accusations of “non-consensual sex.”