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Weinstein class action launched


HARVEY Weinstein and the eponymous company he co-founded were targeted in a new class action lawsuit accusing them of racketeering to cover up a pattern of sexual assault by the disgraced Hollywood mogul.

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 lawyers from Hagens Berman and The Armenta Law Firm.

The suit says Weinstein’s staff, board members, hired corporate spies and other investigators, attorneys, casting directors and agencies, National Enquirer writers and others allegedly facilitated the abuse through what it calls the “Weinstein Sexual Enterprise.”

Their work to “facilitate and conceal his pattern of unwanted sexual conduct” violates the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organisations Act, the filing alleges.

“Each participant in the Weinstein Sexual Enterpris…

Read the full article at: http://www.news.com.au/entertainment/celebrity-life/women-allege-weinstein-used-company-to-cover-pattern-of-sexual-misconduct/news-story/a0a1079e3b3478c648ee57a4363792d2

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