New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman has filed a lawsuit against the Weinstein Company and its founders, Harvey and Bob Weinstein, alleging that they committed "egregious violations of New York's civil rights, human rights, and business laws".
"Any sale of The Weinstein Company must ensure that victims will be compensated, employees will be protected going forward, and that neither perpetrators nor enablers will be unjustly enriched".
New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman's office filed a lawsuit against The Weinstein Company regarding Harvey Weinstein's alleged sexual misconduct.
The 38-page complaint features a litany of abuses at the company by co-founder and former co-CEO, who has been accused of sexual assault and misconduct by dozens of women since last fall.
The suit also includes claims from employees that Weinstein demanded sexual favors in exchange for career advancement.
It accuses the company's board and executives of repeatedly failing to take adequate steps to protect staff or curb Weinstein's behavior, despite multiple complaints. Employee accounts of sexual harassment, intimidation and other misconduct are part of the suit.
The lawsuit potentially complicates the sale of the company, once one of Hollywood's most powerful film studios.
Among the things Schneiderman's office reportedly uncovered is that Weinstein employed three groups of female employees to arrange, secure, coordinate, and perpetuate Weinstein's sexual conquests. He has denied all allegations of non-consensual sex, as well as claims that he retaliated against women who rebuffed him.
Telephone and email messages seeking comment from Mr Weinstein were not immediately returned.