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Weinstein Company Probed for Civil Rights Violations by Attorney General

By Trevor Kapp | October 23, 2017 2:44pm
 Attorney General Eric Schneiderman is opening a probe into whether the Weinstein Company committed civil rights violations.
Attorney General Eric Schneiderman is opening a probe into whether the Weinstein Company committed civil rights violations.
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MIDTOWN — State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman has launched a probe into Harvey Weinstein’s company to determine whether sexual abuse allegations against the Hollywood mogul amount to a violation of employees' civil rights.

Schneiderman’s office has issued a subpoena to the Weinstein Company seeking personnel files and information on hiring practices, as well as files on methods of promoting and firing within the company.

His office is also demanding information on both formal and non-formal complaints of sexual harassment, a source familiar with the investigation said. 

“No New Yorker should be forced to walk into a workplace ruled by sexual intimidation, harassment or fear,” he said in a statement. “If sexual harassment or discrimination is pervasive at a company, we want to know.”

Weinstein has faced a series of sexual assault allegations from a growing number of women in both New York and Los Angeles. 

The NYPD probed an alleged groping incident involving Weinstein and an Italian model, even obtaining audio of the Hollywood heavyweight essentially confessing to the crime.

But Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance declined to prosecute based on the evidence, blaming the NYPD for conducting a shoddy investigation.

The NYPD said last week that it plans to take another look at the allegations against Weinstein.

The Weinstein Company could not immediately be reached for comment.