Harvey Weinstein sued by NY attorney general for civil rights violations

Harvey Weinstein seen in May 2017 at the Cannes Film Festival

She told the New York Times Weinstein tried to push her down and shove himself on top of her and attempted to expose himself.

The state of NY filed a lawsuit against Harvey Weinstein, his brother and their eponymous production company Sunday for "egregious violations" of civil rights, human rights and business laws.

The alleged misconduct began in 2005 and continued through about October 2017, the suit claims.

According to the suit, despite many complaints to the company's human resources department and widespread knowlege of misconduct allegations, the company failed to take "meaningful" steps to protect its employees.

He has been accused of sexual harassment or abuse by more than 60 women.

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The lawsuit has halted a potential sale of the company.

Contreras-Sweet, the former head of the U.S. Small Business Administration under President Barack Obama, was expected to buy the company for $500 million, leading to a complete overhaul of the company including a new name and a female-majority board of directors.

The lawsuit alleges that the company broke NY law and violated the company's employees' rights by "failing to protect its employees from pervasive sexual harassment, intimidation, and discrimination", Schneiderman said in a statement. Employee accounts of sexual harassment, intimidation and other misconduct are part of the suit.

The suit comes after a four-month investigation by the Attorney General's office into mounting allegations against Weinstein and The Weinstein Company.

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