You have probably heard about the sexual assault and harassment accusations from dozens of women against film producer Harvey Weinstein. He is now facing accusations that he reneged on a payment of $450,000 promised to a former employee.
The employee, Frank Gil, was the head of human resources at The Weinstein Company. According to Gil, Weinstein told Gil that he would pay him if he could provide the identity of the people who leaked internal documents to "The New York Times" about the allegations of assault and harassment. Allegedly, Weinstein made the request in October 2017, one day after the story appeared. Gil says he identified the company president, David Glasser, and the company chairman, Bob Weinstein, as the people responsible for the leak. Gil also said that Glasser had taken illicit payments. He says that Glasser and Bob Weinstein then fired him as an act of retaliation.
Gil has now filed a lawsuit against Glasser, both Weinsteins, and Weinstein Live Entertainment, claiming retaliation and breach of contract. He has requested a jury trial and that his legal expenses be paid along with unspecified damages.
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