AG Eric Schneiderman sues Weinstein Company, reveals new allegations against movie mogul

Maria Contreras Sweet withdraws $500M offer to buy Weinstein Co

New York's attorney general on Sunday filed a civil rights lawsuit against disgraced Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein, his brother and the Weinstein Company.

Eric Schneiderman said while the investigation into Mr Weinstein was ongoing, court intervention was sought in light of the reported imminent sale of The Weinstein Company.

Schneiderman believes a sale "would leave victims without adequate redress, including a lack of a sufficient victims compensation fund" and could allow "the perpetrators or enablers of the misconduct to see a windfall", according to the release.

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He has been accused of sexual harassment or abuse by more than 60 women. Allegations first surfaced in October after an investigative report by the New York Times.

Schneiderman's probe found that employees were subjected to various verbal threats from Weinstein such as "I will kill you, I will kill your family, and "you don't know what I can do".

He allegedly boasted he had connections with the Secret Service that could take care of his problems. The suit references the Weinstein Company's COO, but does not use Glasser's name.

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This lawsuit would not block the sale, but the A.G.'s office would be able to file a temporary restraining order blocking it within 30 days of the sale contract being signed. It targets Harvey Weinstein for allegations of sexual misconduct. The suit alleges that the COO failed to protect the company's employees.

A representative for Weinstein could not be immediately reached for comment Sunday.

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