Harvey Weinstein is suing the company he helped build in order to gain access to records that he needs to defend himself against his accusers.
The disgraced Hollywood executive, who was initially fired and later resigned from The Weinstein Company, filed a lawsuit in Delaware against the company on Thursday, Variety reports.
Weinstein is hoping to gain access to his personnel file and his email account through the suit, claiming that the company has denied his attorney’s initial requests for the documents.
“Mr. Weinstein believes that his email account–which is the primary, if not only, account he used during the term of his employment by the Company–will contain information exonerating him, and therefore the Company, from claims that may be asserted against him or the Company,” the suit reads.
While The Weinstein Company has apparently denied Weinstein access to his file and his personal emails, the board sought records from Weinstein to conduct their in-house investigation of the harassment claims against him, Variety reports. The company has also asked Weinstein to release potential witnesses from their non-disclosure agreements.
Harvey Weinstein founded The Weinstein Company with his brother Bob in 2005. The Company chose to fire Harvey after reports revealed allegations of sexual harassment and assault spanning nearly three decades.