Judge Orders Release of Harvey Weinstein’s Employment Contract

A Delaware bankruptcy judge on Tuesday ordered the release of Harvey Weinstein’s 2015 employment contract, which included a controversial clause requiring Weinstein to reimburse the company for settlements.

The contract is central to the argument that the Weinstein Co. bankruptcy estate and the company’s board members should be held liable for Weinstein’s sexual harassment and assaults. The plaintiffs in a class action harassment suit filed in New York have alleged that the clause — which provided for indemnification and escalating penalties after each instance — showed that the company effectively condoned Weinstein’s behavior.

“TWC and other defendants not only knew about but endorsed Mr. Weinstein’s conduct,” argued Jeff Waxman, an attorney for the plaintiffs, in bankruptcy court on Tuesday.

The provision in the contract was first reported by TMZ last October. The company, which declared bankruptcy in March, hotly disputes the plaintiffs’ interpretation of the contract provision. The company’s attorneys and an attorney for Weinstein argued unsuccessfully Tuesday that the contract should be kept under seal, saying that it had been mischaracterized in press reports and that it would merely stoke a media firestorm.

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