"I just want to let you know that Harvey [Weinstein] is a rapist and this is going to come out at some point."
- @lenadunham, email to Hillary Clinton's deputy communications director sent during the 2016 campaign (https://archive.fo/lrAax)
A group of women who have accused Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein of sexual harassment and abuse filed a class action lawsuit against the producer, his company Miramax and their board members for what they allege is organized criminal behavior to cover up Weinstein's actions for years.
The six women filed the suit in the Southern District of New York on Wednesday, saying they are serving as a proxy for the "hundreds of other women in the entertainment industry who suffered false imprisonment, rape and other instances of harassment."
"Harvey Weinstein is a predator. Bob (Weinstein) knew it. The board knew it. The lawyers knew it. The private investigators knew it. Hollywood knew it. We knew it. Now the world knows it," the plaintiffs said in a joint statement released on Wednesday.
The defendants, the women said in a statement, "colluded together to perpetuate and conceal Weinstein's widespread sexual harassment and assaults." The fourteen counts include "witness tampering, mail and wire fraud, assault, civil battery, negligent supervision and retention, and intentional infliction of emotional distress."
Louisette Geiss, Katherine Kendall, Zoe Brock, Sarah Ann Masse, Melissa Sagemiller and Nannette Klatt are suing Weinstein, his company Miramax, his brother Bob Weinstein, and former Weinstein Company board members Dirk Ziff, Tim Sarnoff, Marc Lasry, Tarak Ben Ammar, Lance Maerov, Richard Koenigsberg, Jeff Sackman, James Dolan and Paul Tudor Jones.
The six plaintiffs provided details of Weinstein's alleged harassment and assault, before going on to cite what they say was essentially "racketeering" in order to cover up his misdeeds. The lawsuit cites several media reports that exposed Weinstein's alleged behavior, including articles from the New Yorker and one published on Tuesday from the New York Times that detailed how the producer procured a network of journalists and associates who helped keep his actions from going public.https://archive.fo/kgrmdhttp://money.cnn.com/2017/12/06/media/weinstein-class-action/index.html