New York Attorney General, Who Launched Weinstein Co. Probe, to Hold Election Fundraiser at WME – Variety

New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, who announced an investigation into the Weinstein Company on Monday, will be in Los Angeles on Thursday for a 2018 election fundraiser at WME Entertainment.

The Oct. 26 event, a luncheon at the agency, is hosted by Ari Emanuel, producer-manager Eric Ortner, songwriter Bruce Roberts, tech consultant Greg Mertz, producer Ellen Goldsmith-Vein, and business executive Jon Vein, according to a copy of an invite.

The event was planned before Schneiderman announced the probe, in which the state attorney general’s civil rights division subpoenaed the company for documents related to settlements of sexual harassment complaints as well as complaints. They also are seeking documents relating to age and gender discrimination complaints.

Schneiderman is expected to run for a third term next year. Tickets for the event are $1,000 per person, and $5,000 to host.

 

In announcing the investigation of the Weinstein Co., Schneiderman said in a statement, “No New Yorker should be forced to walk into a workplace ruled by sexual intimidation, harassment, or fear. If sexual harassment or discrimination is pervasive at a company, we want to know.”

Bob Weinstein, Harvey Weinstein’s brother, claimed, along with other board members, that they were unaware of the allegations, even though there have been reports that the board was made aware of at least some of the settlements in 2015.

Schneiderman received a $5,000 contribution from The Weinstein Co. in 2014, and in light of the allegations against Weinstein, his campaign said he would give that sum to Sanctuary for Families, according to the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle.

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