New York attorney general files lawsuit against Harvey Weinstein, The Weinstein Co.

Harvey Weinstein.
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New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman filed a civil lawsuit on Sunday against The Weinstein Company and Harvey Weinstein, alleging that the disgraced movie producer sexually harassed and abused women and employees for several years, and the company's executives and board of directors knew about his misconduct but failed to act.

Since last fall, when The New York Times first reported accusations of sexual misconduct against Weinstein, more than 70 women have come forward to say they were abused by Weinstein. The Weinstein Company was in talks to sell itself to a group of investors, but this suit puts those negotiations on hold, people familiar with the matter told Reuters.

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