Six women file lawsuit against Harvey Weinstein
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Six women filed a lawsuit Wednesday against Harvey Weinstein, alleging his attempt to cover up dozens of incidents of sexual assault constituted civil racketeering.

The Associated Press reported that the lawsuit was filed in a federal court in New York and seeks to represent “dozens, if not hundreds” of Weinstein’s victims.

The lawsuit refers to the network of companies and people who the suit alleges contributed to the cover-up as the “Weinstein Sexual Enterprise.”

“The Weinstein Sexual Enterprise had many participants, grew over time as the obfuscation of Weinstein’s conduct became more difficult to conceal,” the suit reads, according to the AP.

A lawyer for Weinstein declined to comment to the news agency.


At least 75 women have publicly come forward with accusations that Weinstein sexually harassed or assaulted them. The accusations against Weinstein, which began in October, prompted a wave of victims coming forward with accusations against other powerful men in Hollywood, the media and on Capitol Hill.

Weinstein was ousted from his own company, and several other entities have cut ties with the producer.

Weinstein faces other legal action in California, including an unnamed actress who is suing him in Los Angeles for rape and a class-action lawsuit against the Weinstein Company.

Last month, The New York Post reported that the district attorney in Manhattan will pursue an indictment against Weinstein, days after the New York Police Department said it had a credible rape allegation against him.

On Wednesday, Time magazine named “The Silence Breakers,” the women who have come forward, including several Weinstein accusers like actress Rose McGowan, as its Person of the Year.