New York’s attorney general is suing The Weinstein Company, which effectively delays the potential sale of the company to an investor group for hundreds of millions of dollars. Weinstein’s “vicious and exploitative” treatment of his employees violates New York’s civil rights, human rights, and business laws, according to the civil rights law suit. This strategic move could mean that the dozens of victims of Harvey Weinstein’s sexual harassment and assault could be compensated in the impending sale of the company to Maria Contreras-Sweet for $500 million.
The victims of Harvey Weinstein brought to light the corrupt power dynamics that exist not only in Hollywood but also in the workforce and spurred media campaigns like #TimesUp and #MeToo. These media campaigns give women a space to voice their stories and frustrations over unequal treatment and degradation that occurs every day. The hashtags and support from millions of women show the power in recognizing women’s voices, which is something that powerful men like Harvey Weinstein continued to ignore. Moreover, these media campaigns have dominated popular culture conversations since the allegations came to light, and the New York attorney general is not letting the public forget about it through this law suit. By continuing to fight back against this systematic oppression of women, the AG is showing his support for women’s and civil rights as well as strategically positioning himself with these causes to garner more public support.