Harvey Weinstein filed a lawsuit on Thursday against the Weinstein Company, seeking access to his personnel file and his email account as he seeks to defend himself from harassment investigations.
In the suit, filed in Delaware, Weinstein says the company has denied his attorney’s request for the documents. At the same time, the Weinstein Company board has sought numerous records from Weinstein, as well as access to his cell phone, as it pursues an independent investigation of harassment claims. The company is also asking Weinstein to assist in the investigation by releasing potential witnesses from their non-disclosure agreements.
The Weinstein Company is facing a $5 million lawsuit from actress Dominique Huett, who claims that Weinstein forcibly performed oral sex on her and then masturbated in front of her. The company is also facing an investigation from the New York attorney general. In the suit, Weinstein says that providing him with the requested records would assist the company in its defense.
“Mr. Weinstein believes that his email account — which is the primary, if not only, account he used during the term of his employment by the Company — will contain information exonerating him, and therefore the Company, from claims that may be asserted against him or the Company,” the suit states.
Weinstein also wants access to his personnel file because he believes some of it has been leaked to the media. Having that information would allow him to “pursue potential claims against the Company and its Representatives or officers for mismanagement by leaking confidential Company information,” the lawsuit states.
In a letter attached to the complaint, Weinstein’s attorney, Patricia Glaser, holds out the possibility that Weinstein may sue for wrongful termination. She also accuses the board of “a knee-jerk pursuit of a fire sale of the Company, all before completing a thorough investigation to discern exactly what did or did not occur.”
Weinstein was fired on Oct. 8, three days after the New York Times published its bombshell investigation of sexual harassment claims. Colony Capital is exploring whether to buy some or all of the company.