Harvey Weinstein founded Miramax in the late 70’s and was the king of the american independent film until 2017, when they began to encounter tens of allegations of abuse, sexual harassment and rape, still some of his alleged victims, actresses the likes of Cate Blanchett, Cara Delevingne, Rose McGowan or Kate Beckinsale. During these almost 50 years, it seems that you took the time to repeat their crimes with many women, and new allegations continue to emerge even now that Weinstein is already in jail.
Deadline echoes of a new lawsuit in New York against the exproductor: four nameless women accuse him of sexual abuse, one of which is assault on a minor. According to the lawsuit, the defendant would have violated a woman of roughly 17 years ago in 1994. After that, Weinstein would have picked up the ID card of the young woman, an aspiring actress, and have threatened to frustrarle any attempt to interpret in the industry, and even send people to infringirle physical damage to her and her family.
The lawsuit is also directed against Bob Weinstein, his brother and partner, and against the Walt Disney Company. Mouse’s company acquired Miramax in 1993 for $ 80 million and was its owner until 2010, when it was sold to a group of investors for 663 billion. During that time, Weinstein said that he had complete freedom as head of the company.
However the plaintiffs claim that Disney turned a blind eye to the actions of the exproductor, whose “behaviour was ratified or hidden by their superiors, managers and leaders”the lawsuit says. Disney has commented to Deadline that “the Weinstein operated and ran their business with autonomy and virtual” and that “there is absolutely a legal basis for these accusations against the company, and we will defend ourselves against them with force”.
Hundreds of accusations
On February 24, Weinstein was convicted of two sex crimes and a few weeks later he was sentenced to 23 years in prison. At the present time is a prison near Buffalo, in the State of New York, but still faces allegations by some 100 women, including Ashley Judd, whose procedure has been stopped temporarily. Lawyers for the tycoon have offered an out of court settlement of up to $ 45 million, but several of its claimants reject it, finding it “insulting”.