Women file RICO suit against Harvey Weinstein, others over assault allegations

By Noddy A. Fernandez | Jun 14, 2018

NEW YORK (Legal Newsline) – Three women working in the film industry have filed a racketeering suit against Harvey Weinstein and other companies.

Caitlin Dulany, Larissa Gomes and Melissa Thompson, individually and on behalf of all others similarly situated, filed a complaint on June 6 in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York against Miramax Film NY LLC, The Walt Disney Co., Disney Enterprises Inc., Harvey Weinstein, et al. citing the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act and other counts.

According to the complaint, the plaintiffs allege they and the class "operated under duress and the credible and objective threat of being threatened or blacklisted by Weinstein and major film producers such as Miramax and TWC if they refused Weinstein's unwanted sexual advances or complained about his behavior."

The three plaintiffs allege they all met with Weinstein and that he assaulted them, causing physical and emotional distress.

The plaintiffs hold the defendants responsible because they allegedly tampered with a witness or victim and other alleged racketeering activity.

The plaintiffs request a trial by jury and seek award of damages for pain and suffering, compensatory and punitive damages, award counsel attorneys' fees, costs, and grant such other and further relief as the court deems appropriate. They are represented by Jason Zweig of Hagens Berman Sobol Shapiro LLP in New York and others.

U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York case number 1:18-cv-04857-AKH

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