Allegations of sexual harassment and sexual assault have been at the forefront of the media these days and none have been more scrutinized than perhaps beleaguered Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein. Several women have come forward claiming to have been the victims of sexual assault and sexual harassment over the years, including some well-known celebrities. The board of directors for the Weinstein Company was forced to remove Harvey from his position. Things might just be getting worse for Weinstein and his company, Miramax, as CNN reports on six women who have filed a class-action lawsuit against those entities.
The lawsuit was filed in the Southern District of New York on Wednesday. Six women, who say they are serving as the proxy for “hundreds of other women in the entertainment industry who suffered false imprisonment, rape, and other instances of harassment.”
The women in the lawsuit allege that the defendants, named as Harvey Weinstein, the Miramax Company, and their board directors, utilized organized criminal behavior to cover up Weinstein’s actions.
The six women provided details of the alleged harassment and assault. They also claim that Weinstein essentially engaged in racketeering to cover up his behavior. Also alleged is how the producer utilized a network of journalists who kept previous reports of rape, abuse, and harassment from going public.
Miramax claims that the company has been on its own, without involvement from Harvey Weinstein, or his brother Bob, for more than ten years. The company issued a statement:
“Miramax joins the entire film community in condemning Harvey Weinstein and his unspeakable actions,” a spokesperson said. “Miramax has been completely independent of Harvey – since he and Bob Weinstein left The Walt Disney Company to found The Weinstein Company. Twelve years and two ownership changes later, Miramax is a very different company. We at Miramax are proud of that difference.”
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