6 women claim Weinstein cover up was racketeering

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The private investigators knew it. Hollywood knew it.

"One of the big questions we're asking iswho knew and who failed to stop this behavior?" said CBS News contributor Jodi Kantor, who co-wrote the story.

The federal suit is seeking damages from Weinstein and his cohorts on grounds of racketeering, civil battery, assault, and intentional and negligent infliction of emotional distress.

"TWC and TWC's Board of Directors knew or should have known that Weinstein was unfit or incompetent to work directly with [the plaintiffs] and women in the entertainment industry and posed a particular risk of sexually harassing and assaulting them, and that this unfitness created a particular risk to Plaintiffs and the Class ..."

Harvey Weinstein's lawyers Blair Berk and Ben Brafman professed their client's innocence of criminal conduct in a statement responding to the Times report.

The suit comes a day after the New York Times published a 7,800-word exposé detailing how Hillary Clinton, Bob Weinstein, the Walt Disney Company, and elite talent agency CAA were all complicit in facilitating or enabling Harvey Weinstein's sexual abuse over a period of several decades.

Plaintiffs included scriptwriter and actress Louisette Geiss and actresses Katherine Kendall, Zoe Brock, Sarah Ann Thomas, Melissa Sagemiller and Nanette Klatt.

Through his attorney, Weinstein has denied engaging in any non-consensual sex acts.

"We hope Mr. Weinstein's legal and PR teams decide to change their tactics and submit a full mea culpa and admission of the wrongs perpetrated by both him and his enablers". Dolan, who had a falling out with Weinstein, quit the board in 2016. "It is our fervent hope that these men will choose to go down in history as redemptive characters, not as men who helped cover up rape culture", the plantiffs said in a statement.

Weinstein, 65, was sacked from the film company he founded after The New York Times published accounts of several women.

Among the defendants named in the civil suit include New York Knicks owner James Dolan and Milwaukee Bucks co-owner Marc Lasry.

A spokesperson for Jones said he had no comment on the lawsuit.

The papers also state, "Weinstein and TWC further agreed that Weinstein's payment "constitutes a "cure" for the misconduct and no further action can be taken. I never knew about those discussions or any of the revelations until they began to surface publicly, and I resigned two days later". CNN was unable to reach Ziff.