Harvey Weinstein’s former companies and their officers and directors were dismissed from a federal lawsuit filed by 10 women who allege that the companies and their executives aided the alleged sexual misconduct by Harvey Weinstein.
The ten women, actors and screenwriters who claim they were assaulted or mistreated by Weinstein after meeting with him for auditions or to pitch projects, filed suit in December 2017, alleging Weinstein Co., its officers and directors and Miramax, the studio Weinstein formerly ran, enabled his conduct.
U.S. District Judge Alvin Hellerstein on Thursday threw out most of the suit’s claims, including those alleging violations of the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act, or RICO, leaving only one of many claims to remain against Harvey Weinstein himself, for violations of the Trafficking Victims Protection Act.
While Weinstein Co. “undoubtedly benefited” from Harvey Weinstein’s employment through revenue from his movies and influence, it did so in spite of his alleged predatory acts, “which caused many women not to work with The Weinstein Company, diverted company resources towards supervision of Harvey Weinstein and away from business activities and exposed The Weinstein Company to potential liability.”
The suit “does not allege that H. Weinstein secured TWC’s alleged complicity in his sexual violence as a condition of his employment,” said Judge Hellerstein, whose ruling echoed that of late U.S. District Judge Robert Sweet who permitted a similar suit against Weinstein, to proceed on similar grounds in August 2018.
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