Six actresses filed a class-action lawsuit Wednesday against Harvey Weinstein’s board of directors for their “complicity” in the producer’s alleged sexual misconduct.
Actresses Louisette Geiss, Katherine Kendall, Zoe Brock, Sarah Ann Thomas, Melissa Sagemiller and Nanette Klatt, along with a number of unnamed actresses, filed the lawsuit in New York’s Southern District. The lawsuit is accusing Weinstein’s board of directors of allegedly knowing about the movie mogul’s “predatory behavior” but failing to intervene, Page Six reported.
The lawsuit’s defendants include former and current board members, namely, Weinstein’s brother, Bob Weinstein, and billionaire hedge fund manager Marc Lasry, who was also a major donor to Hillary Clinton during her 2016 presidential run.
The paperwork claims that the provisions in Weinstein’s 2015 contract with The Weinstein Company (TWC) made the producer responsible for paying company damages regarding sexual abuse or misconduct. These provisions emphasize that TWC members were well aware of Weinstein’s alleged abuse and were thereby complicit in his actions, according to the suit.
“TWC and TWC’s Board of Directors knew or should have known that Weinstein was unﬁt or incompetent to work directly with [the plaintiffs] and women in the entertainment industry and posed a particular risk of sexually harassing and assaulting them, and that this unﬁtness created a particular risk to Plaintiffs and the Class,” the suit alleges.
Weinstein was first accused of sexual assault and harassment in a bombshell October New York Times report.
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