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Tuesday, December 12 News

Six women sue Weinstein, his former businesses in class-action lawsuit

WESTPORT — Six women filed a class-action lawsuit Wednesday against Westport resident Harvey Weinstein, Miramax, The Weinstein Company and members of its board of directors.

“We are but six women representing hundreds,” the plaintiffs said in a joint statement. The six women — including one with a Westport tie — allege Weinstein, his entities and board allies committed civil racketeering by covering up Weinstein’s actions in sexually harassing and assaulting them.

“Weinstein’s widespread sexual misconduct did not occur without the help of others. Rather, over time, Weinstein enlisted the aid of Complicit Producers, along with other firms and individuals, to facilitate and conceal his pattern of unwanted sexual conduct,” the court filing said.

Hagens Berman and The Armenta Law Firm are representing the six women in the class-action lawsuit, which was filed in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

Weinstein owns two properties in Westport where he often spent weekends with his now-estranged wife, Georgina Chapman, and the couple’s two children.

One of the plaintiffs in the case is Sarah Ann Masse, who came forward in early October with allegations that Weinstein hugged her in his underwear and said he loved her when she went to his Westport property to interview for a nanny position.

Among the defendants named are former members of the Weinstein Company’s board of directors — New York Knicks owner James Dolan and Milwaukee Bucks co-owner Marc Lasry — as well as Weinstein’s brother, Bob Weinstein, a Greenwich resident and current head of The Weinstein Company.

The 14 counts in the suit include witness tampering, mail and wire fraud, assault, civil battery, negligent supervision and retention and negligent and intentional infliction of emotional distress. The plaintiffs are seeking a jury trial.

The 14 counts in the suit include witness tampering, mail and wire fraud, assault, civil battery, negligent supervision and retention and negligent and intentional infliction of emotional distress. The plaintiffs are seeking a jury trial.

svaughan@hearstmediact.com; @SophieCVaughan1

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