The embattled producer is suing The Weinstein Company to gain access to e-mails and other records to fight potential legal actions against him and the company.
The disgraced movie mogul Harvey Weinstein is reportedly suing his own company in order to gain access to e-mails apparently “exonerating” him from sexual assault allegations being levelled against him.
According to Deadline and other outlets, the lawsuit was filed on Thursday morning (October 26th) in Delaware and claims that The Weinstein Company is withholding key information that could be useful to the 65 year old producer in future legal actions regarding a potential wrongful termination case.
“Mr Weinstein believes that his email account - which is the primary, if not only, account he used during the term of his employment by the company - will contain information exonerating him, and therefore the company, from claims that may be asserted against him or the company,” court documents say.
Harvey Weinstein is suing his own company to gain access to e-mails and other records
Weinstein was sacked by the company that he founded with his brother Bob in early October, following claims of sexual harassment, assault and rape by nearly 70 women. His brother later spoke of “Harvey's sick and depraved behaviour”, adding he thinks he has “no remorse whatsoever”.
He later resigned from the board of The Weinstein Company, but has denied any accusations made against him.
His access to his e-mail account was blocked by the board of The Weinstein Company, three days after the explosive New York Times investigative piece was published at the beginning of the month.
Specifically, Weinstein’s claim cites the case of actress Dominique Huett, who is suing the company for $5 million, claiming the firm knew of Weinstein's alleged behaviour.
“Mr Weinstein seeks no more than to be able to have access to the same information as his brother does to prevent further harm to the company,” the lawsuit finishes.
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