Disgraced Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein just shocked everyone by asking a bankruptcy judge to allow him to pursue arbitration in New York over what he claims is his wrongful termination from the film production company he co-founded.
Fox News reported that a lawyer representing Weinstein submitted a court filing this week asking the Delaware judge presiding over The Weinstein Co. bankruptcy case to lift the automatic stay that halts outside legal proceedings involving Chapter 11 debtors so he that he will be free to pursue the arbitration case he filed in 2017.
“Newly discovered information and facts, gleaned during the course of investigation and discovery in collateral matters, have yielded evidence that corroborates the wrongful termination claim that is subject of the arbitration,” wrote Weinstein attorney Julia Klein.
She went on to add that there will be no willful delay in seeking to lift the bankruptcy stay in order to proceed with the arbitration. Klein then wrote that Weinstein had been involved in “one of the most publicized criminal proceedings in recent history … and is also defending against numerous civil claims, while facing additional prosecution in California.”
In March of 2018, the Weinstein Co. sought bankruptcy protection amid the sexual misconduct scandal that brought down Weinstein. The former Hollywood mogul was sentenced to 23 years in prison this year after being convicted in New York of rape and sexual assault. Los Angeles prosecutors are now trying to extradite Weinstein to California so that he can face charges of raping a woman and sexually assaulting another in 2013.
Wednesday’s filing claims that in 2015, Weinstein entered into an employment agreement with The Weinstein Co. that includes a provision requiring binding arbitration in New York for any dispute between the parties. This includes claims for discrimination and for violation of any federal, state or local law.
Weinstein was fired by the company in October of 2017 days after a New York Times article exposed the decades of sexual harassment allegations made against him by actresses and employees. Two weeks later, he filed an arbitration demand claiming violations of the employment agreement and related state law claims. The future of the bankruptcy case is up in the air at this time.
This piece originally appeared in UpliftingToday.com and is used by permission.
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