Six of Harvey Weinstein’s accusers filed a class action lawsuit against Weinstein and the Weinstein Company for engaging in racketeering to cover up Weinstein’s predations.
Weinstein and his associates stand accused of “engaging in a pattern of harassment of victims.”
Weinstein’s staff, board members, hired operatives, attorneys, National Enquirer writers, and others allegedly formed what the lawsuit calls the “Weinstein Sexual Enterprise” that violated the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations (RICO) Act.
“Each participant in the Weinstein Sexual Enterprise had a systematic linkage to each other participant through corporate ties, contractual relationships, financial ties, and the continuing coordination of their activities,” the lawsuit adds.
The lawsuit also alleges Weinstein had spies who tracked journalists and his victims in order to intimidate them from going public with his actions.
“We think these entities, the army of spies, as one article called it, were all facilitating and using wires and mails to orchestrate,” Berman told The Daily Beast. “This A: allowed [Weinstein] to continue doing this over the years, and B: covered it up. When you’re using wires and mails —which are governed by the Racketeering Act — for the illegal purpose of raping and sexually harassing, that falls squarely within RICO.”
Surely there will be more lawsuits of this nature as women who suffered at the hands of Weinstein and Company attempt to get some kind of justice.