WILMINGTON, Del. (Reuters) – The Weinstein Co film company on Thursday was sued by its founder and previous co-chairman Harvey Weinstein who is seeking info that could aid protect himself versus sexual assault allegations, and also aid protect the company versus prospective liability.
In the lawsuit filed in Delaware’s Courtroom of Chancery, Weinstein said he needed the info to stop the company, in which he and his brother stay the premier traders, from getting harmed by unjustified authorized settlements.
Representatives for Weinstein and The Weinstein Co did not immediately respond to requests for comment.
The Weinstein Co has been a single of Hollywood’s most influential forces since its start in Oct 2005 and has made and dispersed movies together with “The King’s Speech” and “Silver Linings Playbook.”
The New York Occasions claimed earlier this thirty day period that Weinstein, 65, had attained 8 formerly undisclosed settlements with females who accused him of sexual harassment and undesired physical contact.
The New Yorker journal claimed that 13 females had claimed that Weinstein sexually harassed or assaulted them.
On Tuesday, an actress who accuses Weinstein of sexually assaulting her filed a carelessness lawsuit versus the company, declaring it was conscious Weinstein had formerly settled other allegations of harassment and assault and need to not have enable her meet privately with the motion picture producer in a hotel space.
The New York City Police Section has said it is investigating an allegation of sexual assault by Weinstein in 2004.
The Los Angeles Police Section also said earlier this thirty day period that it is investigating a 2013 sexual assault allegation versus motion picture producer Harvey Weinstein.
Weinstein has denied possessing non-consensual intercourse with any individual. Reuters has been unable to independently ensure any of the allegations.
In Thursday’s lawsuit, Weinstein said he also needs to examine no matter whether private info was leaked to the press, if the Weinstein Company’s board and executives wrongly terminated him as main govt, and if the board is pursuing a “fire sale” of the company, in accordance to the grievance and attached reveals.
“Mr. Weinstein thinks that his email account — which is the only a single he used during the time he was employed by the company — will have info exonerating him, and therefore the company, from statements that may possibly be asserted versus them,” Weinstein’s attorney wrote in an email to the Weinstein company, in accordance to Thursday’s submitting.
The New York attorney typical has opened an investigation into sexual harassment and feasible violations of civil rights regulations at the Weinstein Company also.
Reporting by Tom Hals in Wilmington, Delaware and Lisa Richwine in Los Angeles Modifying by Noeleen Walder and Clive McKeef