NEW YORK (AP) — 1 p.m.
Lawyers for Harvey Weinstein are renewing their denials that he sexually assaulted women after a new lawsuit alleges his attempts to cover up his bad conduct amounted to racketeering.
Attorneys Blair Berk and Ben Brafman said in a statement Wednesday that Weinstein "has never at any time committed an act of sexual assault."
They said "it is wrong and irresponsible to conflate claims of impolitic behavior or consensual sexual contact later regretted, with an untrue claim of criminal conduct."
Six women sued Weinstein in New York on Wednesday, seeking to represent a class of "dozens, if not hundreds" of women who say they were assaulted.
It claims Weinstein and the companies he worked with colluded to conceal Weinstein's widespread harassment and assaults.
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.