A+E Television Networks, the parent company of cable network Lifetime, which airs Project Runway, has revealed that the sexual harassment allegations raised against The Weinstein Co. co-founder Harvey Weinstein prompted it to terminate its contract for the long-running fashion-themed reality series.
In documents filed Tuesday in bankruptcy court, A+E said it had notified The Weinstein Co. last November that it was in breach of its contract regarding the popular reality series.
A+E formally canceled the agreement on Jan. 10, effectively ending the network’s commitments to air future seasons of the show. Lifetime announced in 2016 that it had renewed Project Runway for three additional seasons.
The cable network group said the sexual misconduct allegations detailed by The New York Times, constituted a breach of its contract, by failing to disclose the potential legal liability, and failing to provide a safe workplace for its employees.
Weinstein is accused of using Project Runway to gain access to young models.
“Many of Mr. Weinstein’s victims implicated The Weinstein Co. and TWC Board, alleging that TWC knew of Mr. Weinstein’s misconduct, yet knowingly or negligently allowed it to continue,” the A+E court filing notes.
The filing puts the U.S. Bankruptcy Court judge in Delaware on notice about this key Weinstein Co. asset, which is listed among the assets available to a potential buyer.
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