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Weinstein Co. sued over civil rights

Los Angeles Times

NEW YORK — A $500 million deal to sell Harvey Weinstein’s troubled old studio to former Obama administration official Maria Contreras-Sweet hit a major roadblock over the weekend after the New York attorney general’s office expressed serious concerns about the sale.

New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman Sunday sued Weinstein Co. and its co-founders, Harvey Weinstein and Bob Weinstein, for “egregious violations of New York’s civil rights, human rights and business laws,” the attorney general’s office said in a statement.

The suit, filed in New York County Supreme Court, jeopardizes the planned sale to Contreras-Sweet, which was backed by billionaire Ron Burkle’s Yucaipa Cos. The buyer has been in negotiations with Weinstein Co. for weeks. The Contreras-Sweet deal would give her control over the studio’s assets. Her group has promised to set up a majority-female board and establish a fund to help women who allegedly abused by Weinstein. Contreras-Sweet ran the U.S. Small Business Administration under President Barack Obama from 2014-17.

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