The mountain of litigation arising from allegations of sexual harassment and assault against Harvey Weinstein continues to grow. On Wednesday, six women filed a class action lawsuit in federal court in New York against the disgraced film producer and their former companies, alleging that the system that exposed them to Weinstein's harassment was similar to organized crime.
"Harvey Weinstein is a predator, Bob (Weinstein) knew it, the board knew it, lawyers knew it, private investigators knew it, Hollywood knew it, we knew it. Now the world knows it," the plaintiffs said. a joint statement The six plaintiffs are: Louisette Geiss, Katherine Kendall, Zoe Brock, Sarah Ann Masse, Melissa Sagemiller and Nannette Klatt.
"We have seen with horror, awe, pride and gratitude in the last two months as women (and men) all over the world have come forward and named their abusers, we are with all those brave people who have had the courage and recklessness to shine a spotlight in the dark, predators thrive in the shadows, only by keeping their secrets to themselves will we allow them to get away with it, "the statement said.
The suit, handled by Hagens Berman and Armenta Law Firm, aims to expand as a class action procedure with potentially "hundreds" of other Weinstein victims, the companies said in a statement. release.
According to the lawsuit, "Weinstein's extended sexual behavior did not occur without the help of others," the suit says. "Rather, over time, Weinstein recruited the help of other companies and individuals to facilitate and hide his pattern of unwanted sexual behavior.This coalition of firms and individuals became part of the growing & # 39; sexual enterprise Weinstein & # 39 ;, a RICO company. "
The 14 counts in the lawsuit include witness tampering, postal and postal fraud, assault, civil battery, negligent supervision and retention and negligent and intentional infliction of emotional distress. The plaintiffs are seeking a jury trial.
The former Weinstein brothers company, Miramax, and current and former members of Weinstein Co. are also accused.