Sale of Harvey Weinstein’s company up in air after lawsuit

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FILE - In this Nov. 23, 2011 file photo, film producer Harvey Weinstein poses for a photo in New York. New York's attorney general on Sunday, Feb. 11, 2018, filed a lawsuit against Weinstein and the Weinstein Co. following an investigation into allegations of sexual misconduct. (AP Photo/John Carucci, File)

NEW YORK (AP) — A proposed sale of The Weinstein Co. is in question after New York’s attorney general filed a lawsuit saying that any deal would have to include assurances of financial compensation for women abused by co-founder Harvey Weinstein.

The suit was filed Sunday. It accused the producer of “repeatedly and persistently” sexually harassing female workers in violation of state law.

The attorney general’s office said the lawsuit was filed partly due to reports of the movie company’s imminent sale to an investment group led by Maria Contreras-Sweet. She was the chief administrator of the Small Business Administration under President Barack Obama.

Weinstein has repeatedly denied all accusations of nonconsensual sex.

His New York attorney released a statement saying many of the allegations against his client are “without merit.”