The Walt Disney Company is demanding to be dropped from the putative class action Harvey Weinstein lawsuit. Disney, which once owned Harvey Weinstein’s film studio Miramax Film, wants to be “dismissed from a putative class action brought by alleged victims” of Harvey Weinstein. Disney is arguing that they should not be liable in the sexual misconduct case against Weinstein, but the victims suing say Disney should be held responsible for negligent supervision. The women claim Disney “knew or should have known not only that Weinstein was unfit or incompetent to work directly with women and posed a particular risk of sexually harassing and assaulting them, but also that this unfitness created a particular risk.”
Disney argues that the “allegations aren’t supported with facts, nor have the plaintiffs pierced the corporate veil.”
Disney representatives said, “Notably absent are alleged facts that Disney employed Weinstein, that Disney knew or should have known about Weinstein’s alleged misconduct, or that Weinstein’s alleged misconduct involved Disney’s premises or property. Allegations about Disney’s former subsidiary, Miramax, are irrelevant to the claims against Disney because Miramax and Disney are separate corporate entities.”
Source: Hollywood Reporter
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