Yesterday The New York Times dropped an extensive article about the “enablers, silencers and spies” who worked in Harvey Weinstein’s corner over his decades of alleged sexual harassment and sexual assault of women. Today, the Gray Lady stepped in a different kind of arena and took the company that the disgraced producer co-founded with his brother Bob to court – for unpaid advertising bills.
In a filing this morning in the New York state court, the NYT wants The Weinstein Company to pay up the $229,567.68 that it owes. “Payment of the aforesaid, amount, which is due and owing has not been provided although duly demanded by Plaintiff,” states the four-page complaint filed by attorney William J. McDermott for the newspaper (read it here).
A far cry from the days when TWC splashed award season money around fast and freely, I hear that the outstanding debut for “requested and or placed advertising” in the NYT comes from movie ads that TWC placed orders for before the lid blew off Weinstein. While they have funds to keep the lights on for now off the Paddington 2 sale, the hobbled TWC is still looking for a long term financial solution after being virtually TKO’d since the NYT published its first expose on Weinstein’s behavior on October 5.
As is often the case nowadays, representatives for TWC did not respond to request for comment on this latest matter. Then again, they didn’t have anything to say about the class action seeking suit filed against it, Bob Weinstein and a bevy of ex-board members earlier today either. A former personal assistant of Harvey Weinstein looks poised to launch a sexual harassment suit of her own in the coming days too.
However, TWC has just 30 days to respond to the NYT’s complaint in court or they will find a default judgment taken against them.