Published: Thu, December 07, 2017
Entertaiment | By Lawrence Myers

6 women claim Weinstein cover up was racketeering

6 women claim Weinstein cover up was racketeering

"Each participant in the Weinstein Sexual Enterprise had a systematic linkage to each other participant through corporate ties, contractual relationships, financial ties, and the continuing coordination of their activities", the lawsuit says, claiming that the so-called enterprise violated the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations (RICO) Act.

Six female plaintiffs are seeking certification as a class that could represent "hundreds of other women in the entertainment industry" who suffered sexual assault, false imprisonment, battery, rape and other sexual abuse by Weinstein, according to attorneys from Hagens Berman and The Armenta Law Firm. Bob (Weinstein) knew it. Clinton's communications director Nick Merrill told the paper that "only [Dunham] can answer why she would tell them instead of those who could stop him".

The Daily Beast reports the lawsuit names James Dolan, former director of The Weinstein Co. and current owner of the NBA's New York Knicks and the NHL's New York Rangers, as part of the "Weinstein Sexual Enterprise" that conspired to hide his alleged misbehavior.

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The RICO suit had originally been filed in Los Angeles, but today's new filing in NY also names for the first time some of the actresses who are part of the class action. He has apologized for his behaviour with women but denied having non-consensual sex.

Lasry was involved as a member of the Weinstein Company's board of directors from June 2016 (when he was brought on to replace Dolan) and left October 2017 in the wake of the scandal broke open by a Oct. 5 report from the New York Times that revealed Weinstein's predatory past through stories from Ashley Judd, Emily Nestor and others.

"We hope Mr. Weinstein's legal and PR teams decide to change their tactics and submit a full mea culpa and admission of the wrongs perpetrated by both him and his enablers". Dolan had quit the board earlier, in 2016 after falling out with Weinstein. "It is our fervent hope that these men will choose to go down in history as redemptive characters, not as men who helped cover up rape culture", the plantiffs said in a statement. Dolan's spokesperson told ESPN, "We just received the complaint and are now reviewing".

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A spokesperson for Jones said he had no comment on the lawsuit. Weinstein's escalating sleaziness did not come out during the campaign.

"They were 100% a surprise to me", Jones wrote.

In a statement, the six women said: "Harvey Weinstein is a predator. I never knew about those discussions or any of the revelations until they began to surface publicly, and I resigned two days later".

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Representatives for Dunham didn't immediately respond to requests for comment Wednesday.

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