Harvey Weinstein hit with class action lawsuit from six sexual harassment accusers

Disgraced movie mogul Harvey Weinstein and his former business partners have been slapped with a class action lawsuit from six women, accusing them of racketeering.
The women claim Weinstein resorted to criminal means in an effort to cover up his alleged sexual misconduct and assault, and board members at his former companies, Miramax and The Weinstein Company, conspired to help him.
“We are but six women representing hundreds,” the plaintiffs said in a statement. “Harvey Weinstein is a predator. (Brother and business partner) Bob knew it. The board knew it. The lawyers knew it. The private investigators knew it.
“How could so many women have been violated? How could so many people have covered up for him? How could so many people have done nothing to help? Money.”
According to the lawsuit, obtained by People.com, “The Weinstein Sexual Enterprise had many participants, grew over time as the obfuscation of Weinstein’s conduct became more difficult to conceal.”
A statement from the lawyers representing the women reads: “The lawsuit brings various charges against Weinstein, his companies, and members of The Weinstein Company’s Board of Directors for violating the RICO Act, witness tampering, mail and wire fraud, assault, civil battery, negligent supervision and retention, and intentional infliction of emotional distress.”
The women, who have all told their stories publicly in the past, include Louisette Geiss, Sarah Ann Thomas, Melissa Sagemiller, and Nanette Klatt.
Weinstein, whose world fell apart in October (17), following the publication of a New York Times expose detailing his past sexual misconduct, maintains he has never had non-consensual sex with any woman.
On Tuesday (05Dec17), the producer’s attorneys Blair Berk and Ben Brafman disputed claims of inappropriate advances in a new Times report, insisting Weinstein’s recollections differed from those of his accusers.
The Oscar winner has been accused of sexual misconduct by over 50 women, but Berk and Brafman state: “Mr. Weinstein has never at any time committed an act of sexual assault, and it is wrong and irresponsible to conflate claims of impolitic behavior or consensual sexual contact later regretted, with an untrue claim of criminal conduct.
“There is a wide canyon between mere allegation and truth, and we are confident that any sober calculation of the facts will prove no legal wrongdoing occurred. Nonetheless, to those offended by Mr. Weinstein’s behavior, he remains deeply apologetic.”

by WENN

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