Harvey Weinstein cover-up was racketeering, women claim in federal lawsuit

07 Décembre, 2017, 01:06 | Auteur: Christine Menetries
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Weinstein has been accused of sexual harassment and assault by more than 100 women.

The Daily Beast reports the lawsuit names James Dolan, former director of The Weinstein Co. and current owner of the NBA's New York Knicks and the NHL's New York Rangers, as part of the "Weinstein Sexual Enterprise" that conspired to hide his alleged misbehavior.

"Each participant in the Weinstein Sexual Enterprise had a systematic linkage to each other participant through corporate ties, contractual relationships, financial ties, and the continuing coordination of their activities", the lawsuit says, claiming that the so-called enterprise violated the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations (RICO) Act.

"These provisions in an employment contract are unique - and reflect TWC's knowledge that Weinstein was more likely than not to engage in sexual harassment and other misconduct affecting the Class and female employees".

Harvey Weinstein's lawyers Blair Berk and Ben Brafman professed their client's innocence of criminal conduct in a statement responding to the Times report.

Over a period of decades in showbusiness, Weinstein built a network of what the Times calls "enablers, silencers and spies", CBS News correspondent Jericka Duncan reports.

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"I just want you to let you know that Harvey's a rapist and this is going to come out at some point", Ms. Dunham said she told Kristina Schake, the campaign's deputy communications director.

In a statement, the six women said: "Harvey Weinstein is a predator". Weinstein allegedly lured actresses and other women to industry events, hotel rooms, his home or private auditions often under pretenses of potential roles in films.

The lawsuit accuses the Weinstein Sexual Enterprise of isolating and blacklisting Weinstein's victims and covering up Weinstein's alleged predatory tactics.

Plaintiffs included scriptwriter and actress Louisette Geiss and actresses Katherine Kendall, Zoe Brock, Sarah Ann Thomas, Melissa Sagemiller and Nanette Klatt.

Weinstein, 65, was sacked from the film company he founded after The New York Times published accounts of several women.

The powerful businessmen who sat on The Weinstein Company board including billionaire Paul Tudor Jones, Hillary Clinton pal Marc Lasry and MSG boss Jim Dolan are being implicated in the movie mogul's sex scandal in a bombshell new court filing. Since then, numerous prominent men in entertainment, business and politics and the media have been hit with allegations of improper behavior with women.

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