A brand new class motion lawsuit from six Harvey Weinstein accusers forged a large internet Wednesday, naming Knicks proprietor James Dolan as one among its defendants.
The go well with stated Weinstein, his brother Bob, The Weinstein Firm, Miramax and a number of other board members together with Dolan have been a part of a “sexual enterprise” that enabled Weinstein’s misconduct by means of a “sample of racketeering exercise.”
Dolan was a TWC director from mid-2015 to June 2016, in line with the lawsuit filed in Manhattan federal courtroom.
“Dolan knew of Weinstein’s sample and apply of predatory sexual conduct towards ladies from his private relationship with Weinstein and his place as a director of TWC,” the lawsuit stated.
The plaintiffs — Louisette Geiss, Katherine Kendall, Zoe Brock, Sarah Ann Thomas, Melissa Sagemiller and Nannette Klatt — stated in a joint assertion they need to show “it’s costlier to cowl up assault, harassment, rape and violence” than it’s to guard victims.
“We hope the board — notably Robert Weinstein — feels the complete weight of the secrets and techniques they stored. It’s our fervent hope that these males will select to go down in historical past as redemptive characters, not as males who helped cowl up rape tradition,” they stated.
Weinstein representatives have been “reviewing” the lawsuit and had no speedy remark, a spokeswoman for the disgraced film mogul stated.
“We will state that Mr. Dolan is assured that he acted appropriately in all issues referring to his time on the Weinstein board,” a Dolan spokeswoman advised The Information.
Weinstein and Dolan had a long-running public friendship, however the New York businessman appeared to distance himself in October when information of Weinstein’s lengthy historical past of predatory conduct got here to mild.
The previous Cablevision CEO hadn’t spoken to Weinstein “in additional than a yr,” an individual near Dolan claimed to the Every day Information.
Dolan was changed on TWC’s board by Marc Lasry, a billon-dollar hedge fund supervisor and co-owner of the Milwaukee Bucks.
Lasry was additionally named as a defendant within the lawsuit filed Wednesday.
Within the years earlier than his spectacular downfall, Weinstein invited Dolan to take a seat at his desk on the Golden Globe Awards at the least twice and hosted the Madison Sq. Backyard boss at star-studded film premiers for flicks together with the Howard Hughes biopic “The Aviator.”
The 2 males organized the Live performance for New York following the Sept. 11 terrorist assaults and the “12-12-12” profit live performance that raised some $50 million for the victims of Hurricane Sandy.
Dolan was an investor in Weinstein’s Broadway present “Discovering Neverland” and labored with him to revamp the Rockettes and produce the “New York Metropolis Spring Spectacular” at Radio Metropolis Music Corridor, a Dolan property.
Women who have accused Harvey Weinstein of sexual harassment and assault
When Dolan resigned from TWC in June 2016, he cited the pressures of his different enterprise and household commitments.
“The corporate is in fine condition,” Dolan stated on the time. “Harvey and Bob stay shut private buddies, and I’ll proceed to be supportive in any means I can. I want my fellow board members continued success.”
Weinstein thanked Dolan in his personal flattering assertion.
“Jim Dolan is one among my and Bob’s greatest buddies. His perception into enterprise has led us to develop an unbelievably profitable TV division. He was the most important impetus, years in the past, for us moving into TV in an enormous means – we owe him for that. I recognize all that Jim has achieved for the corporate,” Weinstein stated on the time.
The brand new class motion lawsuit was filed by legal professionals together with Jason Zweig from the New York workplace of Hagens Berman and M. Cris Armenta from Los Angeles.
“These separate entities all labored in unison to ensure Harvey Weinstein’s unforgivable acts have been swept underneath the purple carpet,” Steve Berman, managing associate of Hagens Berman, stated Wednesday. “This lawsuit seeks to carry Weinstein, his enterprise, his billionaire pals who posed as administrators and Miramax accountable for his or her actions with the complete extent of the regulation. We would like justice.”