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The Latest: NY AG says Weinstein Co. covered up abuses

February 12, 2018

FILE - In this Nov. 23, 2011 file photo, film producer Harvey Weinstein poses for a photo in New York. New York's attorney general on Sunday, Feb. 11, 2018, filed a lawsuit against Weinstein and the Weinstein Co. following an investigation into allegations of sexual misconduct. (AP Photo/John Carucci, File)

NEW YORK (AP) — The Latest on the lawsuit filed by New York’s attorney general against Weinstein (all times local):

1:40 p.m.

New York’s attorney general says his office’s four-month investigation of The Weinstein Co. found “a pervasive pattern” of sexual harassment, intimidation and abuse.

Attorney General Eric Schneiderman said Monday his office found “extensive cover-up” of “despicable” allegations that should have prompted formal investigations at the company.

A proposed sale of company is in question after Schneiderman filed a lawsuit Sunday saying any deal would have to include assurances of financial compensation for women abused by co-founder Harvey Weinstein.

The lawsuit accuses the producer of “repeatedly and persistently” sexually harassing female workers in violation of state law.

Weinstein has repeatedly denied all accusations of nonconsensual sex.

His attorney released a statement saying many of the allegations against his client are “without merit.”

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12:40 p.m.

NEW YORK — A proposed sale of The Weinstein Co. is in question after New York’s attorney general filed a lawsuit saying that any deal would have to include assurances of financial compensation for women abused by co-founder Harvey Weinstein.

The suit was filed Sunday. It accused the producer of “repeatedly and persistently” sexually harassing female workers in violation of state law.

The attorney general’s office said the lawsuit was filed partly due to reports of the movie company’s imminent sale to an investment group led by Maria Contreras-Sweet. She was the chief administrator of the Small Business Administration under President Barack Obama.

Weinstein has repeatedly denied all accusations of nonconsensual sex.

His New York attorney released a statement saying many of the allegations against his client are “without merit.”

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