Weinstein Company Ordered to Provide Emails to Harvey Weinstein

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By Daniel Gill

Harvey Weinstein got the judge in The Weinstein Company’s bankruptcy to order it to turn over certain emails between the disgraced entertainment mogul and 14 women who’ve accused him of sexual assault or harassment.

At a May 8 hearing, Judge Mary F. Walrath, of the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware, granted in part Weinstein’s motion under Bankruptcy Rule 2004 for the emails. He claims they’re necessary for defending criminal and civil actions brought or which may be brought against him.

Walrath agreed that Weinstein has a right to defend himself and that the emails may be necessary for that. She ordered The Weinstein Company to provide emails to and from the former executive and any of the 14 women accusing him.

Walrath acknowledged that the bankrupt company stood to benefit to the extent that Weinstein could successfully defend civil suits which included TWC as a defendant.

Weinstein will have to pay the costs of collecting those emails, which will be shared with the Official Committee of Unsecured Creditors, although only the committee’s professionals will be allowed to see them.

The Weinstein Company, formed in 2005 by brothers Harvey and Robert Weinstein, filed Chapter 11 on March 20.

The company was hurled into chaos following reports in October 2017 by The New York Times and The New Yorker of dozens of women accusing Weinstein of sexual assault and abuse over 30 years.

The case is In re The Weinstein Company Holdings LLC , Bankr. D. Del., No. 18-10601, hearing 5/8/18 .

To contact the reporter on this story: Daniel Gill in Washington at dgill@bloomberglaw.com

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Jay Horowitz at jhorowitz@bloomberglaw.com

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