Crippled by sexual harassment and sexual assault allegations against Harvey Weinstein, The Weinstein Company today finds itself facing a deep dive into its internal affairs by New York State’s Attorney General over potential civil rights violations.
“No New Yorker should be forced to walk into a workplace ruled by sexual intimidation, harassment, or fear,” Eric Schneiderman said Monday after sending a subpoena to the now Bob Weinstein-run company over settlements, complaints, investigations and pretty much everything else inappropriate that TWC knew about or participated in.
“If sexual harassment or discrimination is pervasive at a company, we want to know,” the savvy Schneiderman added.
Among the multitude of material the Empire State AG’s office is seeking from TWC is all and any documents, correspondence or any other records related to sexual harassment or any other form of discrimination. The emphasis is on whether such claims were or were not investigated, and whether there were payouts — which we know there were on at least a couple of occasions madde by Harvey Weinstein himself.
This latest potentially devastating investigation comes as the LAPD last week began formally looking into rape allegations against the disgraced producer. Claiming that the much-accused Weinstein assaulted her at the Mr. C Beverly Hills Hotel in February 2013, an Italian woman came forward October 19 to talk to police. The NYPD and UK police are also looking into complaints. Weinstein could also possibly see an investigation in Utah into Rose McGowan’s claims that he raped her at the Sundance Film Festival in 1997.
Having terminated Weinstein on October 8 as more and more allegations became public after a detailed New York Times and New Yorker exposés, TWC is now in the sights of Colony Capital. Providing a financial Hail Mary last week, the Tom Barrack-run investment firm is said to be rummaging through TWC’s books and assets in an acquisition — one that could have come as early as this week. But that was before today’s subpoena was issued.
Reps for TWC and Harvey Weinstein did not respond to request for comment on the New York AG action.