Here’s the Class-Action Lawsuit Against ‘The Weinstein Sexual Enterprise’

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On Wednesday six women filed a class action lawsuit against the
Weinstein Company, Harvey and Bob Weinstein, and several other
former Weinstein company board members for a pattern of
racketeering, civil battery, assault, and intentional
infliction of emotional distress.

The women—all of whom say in the lawsuit that they were
assaulted by Weinstein in the process of auditioning for him,
pitching him projects, or working on Miramax or Weinstein
Company projects—are bringing forth the lawsuit individually
and “on behalf of all others similarly situated.” The lawsuit
states that “there are dozens, and likely hundreds, of proposed
Class members.” Most of the plaintiffs in the lawsuit
have already
come forward with their stories, including
actress Katherine Kendall, who says she was chased around a
hotel room by Weinstein, and actress Louisette Weiss, who says
she was asked to watch the producer masturbate.

According to the lawsuit, these women say that Harvey
Weinstein’s sexual misconduct could not occur without the help
of several individuals and firms that they dub “the Weinstein
Sexual Enterprise.” It was Weinstein and this enterprise,
according to the lawsuit, that harassed, threatened, extorted,
and misled “both Weinstein’s victims and the media to prevent,
hinder and avoid the prosecution, reporting, or disclosure of
his sexual misconduct.”

Those named as part of this enterprise include former and
current members of the Weinstein Company board and directors
such as Dirk Ziff, Tim Sarnoff, Marc Lasry, Tarak Ben Ammar,
Lance Maerov, Richard Koenigsberg, Paul Tudor Jones, Jeff
Sackman, and James Dolan. And although several of these men
quickly resigned after the Weinstein investigation first broke,
according to the lawsuit these men were well aware of his
predatory behavior.

The lawsuit, which cites the many investigations already
published on Weinstein by publications like The New York
Times
and The New Yorker, also names involved law
firms, Miramax and TWC producers, casting directors, and agents
who aided and protected Weinstein’s behavior. The lawsuit also
names National Enquirer publisher Dylan Howard who,

as reported
by The New Yorker, supplied Weinstein
with information about Rose McGowan to help disprove her rape
allegation, as well as the Israeli intelligence agency
Black Cube
that Weinstein used.

What this lawsuit does is legally recognize what’s been
reported in the news about Weinstein’s behavior: that he did
not act alone and was protected by a wide system of people
throughout the Weinstein Company and Miramax. “Had members of
the Weinstein Sexual Enterprise not been complicit and had they
revealed instead of concealed Weinstein’s predatory behavior,
Plaintiffs and members of the Class would not have been
injured,” reads the lawsuit.

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