Saturday, 20 October, 2018

Time's Up praises investigation into attorney general over Weinstein

MARCH 2 2014 FILE Dozens of women have accused Harvey Weinstein of sexual assault harassment and misconduct
Freda Brock | 20 March, 2018, 10:13

"We are confident that any review will confirm that our office has pursued its investigation without fear or favor, based on the merits alone", Vance spokesman Danny Frost said in a statement. A group of investors, including the billionaire Ron Burkle and Lantern Capital, had made an offer to buy most of the studio's assets, which include the TV series "Project Runway" and the rights to "Lion", "Django Unchained" and about 275 other films.

Now to Toronto, where Weinstein is the subject of a $14 million lawsuit filed by a model and actress identified in court only as Jane Doe.

Weinstein Co. also announced that they are ending the agreement of nondisclosure that the Weinstein was allegedly using as a tool to keep the accusers silent. "Effective immediately, those "agreements" end", it said. "No one should be afraid to speak out or coerced to stay quiet". That step had always been sought by New York State Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman, who filed a lawsuit against the company last month on behalf of its employees.

"This is a watershed moment for efforts to address the corrosive effects of sexual misconduct in the workplace", Schneiderman said in a statement after the company's announcement on Monday. "The Weinstein Company's agreement to release victims of and witnesses to sexual misconduct from non-disclosure agreements - which my office has sought throughout this investigation and litigation - will finally enable voices that have for too always been muzzled to be heard".

Weinstein's attorneys have said he denies any non-consensual sexual contact.

One lender, AI International Holdings, affiliated with Len Blavatnik's Access Industries, said in a lawsuit that Weinstein's departure from the company and the circumstances surrounding it were an event of default under a $45 million loan. In return, it would receive most of the studio's assets, which Ms. Contreras-Sweet planned to use to start a new, female-led film company.

The Manhattan DA's office says a criminal investigation into Weinstein is active and ongoing.

After a New York magazine report alleging the New York District Attorney's office mishandled a sexual assault complaint against Harvey Weinstein in 2015, the Time's Up movement is calling for an investigation into the office's head, Cyrus Vance.

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Yet despite the damning evidence, Weinstein wasn't prosecuted.

New York's governor on Monday directed the state's attorney general to review the 2015 decision by the Manhattan district attorney's office to not prosecute a sex abuse case against Harvey Weinstein.

She secretly recorded him in a police sting.

The Weinstein Company headquarters in shown in Tribeca, New York City.

But on Monday, Vance and the NYPD released a joint statement reiterating their shared commitment to investigate and prosecute sexual assault cases.

Two weeks ago, an NYPD official told The Daily Beast that the police are ready to arrest Weinstein after investigating five separate sexual assault allegations and are just waiting for Vance's go-ahead.

An initiative started by Hollywood industry women had called for Gov. Andrew Cuomo (KWOH'-moh) to investigate the DA's office after a NY magazine published an article about the case involving an Italian model who said Weinstein groped her.

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