6 women claim Weinstein cover up was racketeering

FILE - In this March 2, 2014 file photo, Harvey Weinstein arrives at the Oscars at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. The Producers Guild of America has voted unanimously to institute termination proceedings for Harvey Weinstein. The PGA’s National Board of Directors and Officers said Monday, Oct. 16, 2017, that Weinstein has an opportunity to respond before a final decision is made on Nov. 6. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP, File)
Harvey Weinstein arrives at the 2014 Oscars at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. –Jordan Strauss / Invision / AP, File

NEW YORK (AP) — Six women have filed a lawsuit against Harvey Weinstein, seeking to represent a class of “dozens, if not hundreds” of women who say they were assaulted by the movie mogul.

The lawsuit was filed Wednesday at a federal court in New York. It claims that his actions to cover up the assaults amounted to civil racketeering.

It claims that Weinstein and the companies he worked with colluded together to conceal Weinstein’s widespread sexual harassment and assaults.

A lawyer for Weinstein declined comment.

According to the lawsuit, actresses and other women in the film industry were lured to industry events, hotel rooms, Weinstein’s home, office meetings or auditions under the pretense that they were to discuss a project.

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