Harvey Weinstein sued by NY attorney general for civil rights violations

Flowers and candles sit under police tape where a gas canister exploded the previous day in Oruro Bolivia Sunday Feb. 11 2018. | AP

Flowers and candles sit under police tape where a gas canister exploded the previous day in Oruro Bolivia Sunday Feb. 11 2018. | AP

New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman filed a lawsuit against Harvey Weinstein and his former company, citing "egregious" violations of state civil and human rights laws.

"As alleged in our complaint, The Weinstein Company repeatedly broke NY law by failing to protect its employees from pervasive sexual harassment, intimidation and discrimination", Schneiderman said in a statement provided to Fox News.

Harvey Weinstein can't escape being a media or legal target.

Filed in New York County Supreme Court, the suit includes new and extensive accusations about longtime company CEO Harvey Weinstein's mistreatment of employees.

Schneiderman says any sale of the company "must ensure that victims will be compensated" and that employees will be protected.

The complaint noted several instances of Weinstein allegedly groping and exposing himself to women at work.

Dancers perform the traditional
Dancers perform the traditional"Diablada or Dance of the Devils during the Carnival in Oruro

The lawsuit alleges that Weinstein sexually harassed employees and abused women for years.

Weinstein's drivers in Los Angeles and NY were required to keep condoms and erectile dysfunction injections in the auto at all times, papers charge. Investigators said they also discovered that Weinstein had reportedly accosted one female employee while he was naked except for a bathrobe.

One employee was even reportedly flown from London to NY to teach Weinstein's other assistants how to dress and smell more attractive to their boss, according to the complaint.

It has been roughly four months since a New York Times report surfaced disturbing allegations against Harvey Weinstein, detailing a decades-long record of claims against the producer ranging from harassment to rape.

The suit charges that the human resources department at the Weinstein Company was completely corrupt.

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