Harvey Weinstein threatened to kill employees and their families, according to claims in a new civil-rights lawsuit filed against the now-notorious movie mogul, his brother Bob Weinstein, and their empire, The Weinstein Company.
Shocking allegations about the alleged serial sexual harasser were submitted in a suit filed by New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman. The complaint was filed in New York County Supreme Court late Sunday. It alleges stunning violations of the state’s human rights, civil rights, and business laws.
It claims Weinstein “regularly berated women using gender-based obscenities”—calling female employees “c–t” or “pussy” instead of using their first names when he was angry. In addition to the sexual harassment, bullying, and allegations of sexual assault, Weinstein allegedly threatened the lives of his employees, saying “I will kill your family,” and, “You don’t know what I can do.”
Weinstein often bragged about his connection to political figures and said he had “contacts within the Secret Service that could take care of problems,” the lawsuit alleges.
The court documents also claim that the management and board at the company “were repeatedly presented with credible evidence of [Weinstein]’s sexual harassment” of employees “and his use of corporate employees and resources to facilitate sexual activity with third parties.”
In one episode, Weinstein fired a male assistant for being “just a fucking f—-t boy, a stupid fucking f—-t boy,” according to an email complaint sent to human resources about the incident.
According to another formal complaint made to the company’s human-resources department, Weinstein berated a female employee in 2012, threatening to “cut [her] loins,” which traumatized her and made her feel “forced out” of her own job. She said in the complaint that the episode caused her “severe stress.” Her complaint was allegedly resolved through a deal involving a non-disclosure agreement.