New York Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman has opened an inquiry into the Weinstein Company over whether movie producer Harvey Weinstein's sexual misconduct allegations reflect a broader atmosphere of gender discrimination at the company. "No New Yorker should be forced to walk into a workplace ruled by sexual intimidation, harassment or fear," Schneiderman said in a statement on Monday. "If sexual harassment or discrimination is pervasive at a company, we want to know."
According to the Times, the attorney general’s Civil Rights Bureau sent a subpoena to the company seeking "a long list of documents, including personnel files; criteria for hiring, promoting and firing; formal and informal complaints of sexual harassment or other discrimination based on gender or age; and records showing how such complaints were handled, according to a person who has seen the confidential subpoena and who spoke on the condition of anonymity. The office is also seeking any documents and communications related to private out-of-court settlements struck with accusers, the person said."
Weinstein was fired from the company on October 8th after dozens of women came forward with accounts of being sexually harassed and sexually assaulted by Weinstein over several decades at the company. Weinstein reached at least eight settlements with women to settle sexual harassment complaints while there. In addition to the Attorney General's inquiry, the NYPD is also investigating a 2004 rape accusation against Weinstein, who is also under investigation for incidents in Los Angeles and London.
Bob Weinstein, Harvey's brother and co-founder of Weinstein Company, has also been accused of sexual harassment; his former assistant Kathy DeClesis said that he knew his brother was sexually harassing actresses and female employees throughout their working career together.
More women seem to be coming forward day by day since the first bombshell NY Times and New Yorker reports on Weinstein's behavior in early October. Today, actress Britt Marling wrote an essay for The Atlantic about meeting Weinstein in 2014 and him asking her to have a shower together: "It was clear that there was only one direction he wanted this encounter to go in, and that was sex or some version of an erotic exchange."