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NY Attorney General Opens Investigation Into Weinstein Allegations

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Amber Randall Civil Rights Reporter

The New York Attorney General announced that his office would be looking into possible civil rights violations within The Weinstein Company, following a series of sexual assault allegations against Harvey Weinstein.

Attorney General Eric Schneiderman will be looking to see whether the allegations against Weinstein violated women’s civil rights or reveal possible gender discrimination against them, The New York Times reported Monday.

“No New Yorker should be forced to walk into a workplace ruled by sexual intimidation, harassment or fear. If sexual harassment or discrimination is pervasive at a company, we want to know,” a statement from the attorney general read.

About 40 actresses have accused Weinstein of either sexually harassing them or forcing himself on them sexually. One actress alleged Weinstein forcibly gave her oral sex, while others told harrowing stories of the Hollywood mogul chasing them around his hotel rooms. A spokesperson for Weinstein has repeatedly denied all claims of nonconsensual sex.

The Civil Right’s Bureau sent a subpoena to the company requesting documents, the standards the company used to hire and fire people, any formal or informal complaints filed about sexual harassment, and records on the way the company treated those harassment complaints, a person who reportedly saw the document told TheNYT.

Weinstein has since been fired from The Weinstein Company after the reports of harassment.

The Weinstein Company did not return The Daily Caller News Foundation’s request for comment in time for publication.

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