Posted: April 3rd, 2018
By: Juliana S. Inman *| Staff Writer
On Monday, February 26, 2018, the Weinstein Company announced that it will file bankruptcy. Although there were discussions about selling the Company’s assets to an investor group, these discussions fell through shortly after the New York Attorney General’s office filed a lawsuit against the Weinstein Company. This civil rights suit against the Weinstein Company “alleges that Mr. [Harvey] Weinstein sexually harassed and abused women employed by the studio for years,” and further alleges that Mr. Weinstein made verbal threats to kill staff members. The New York Attorney General is seeking an unspecified amount of damages and penalties for victims of the alleged abuse. Despite the fact that Mr. Weinstein and his attorney claim that these allegations are without merit, the Board of Directors of the Weinstein Company felt that it only had one viable option: bankruptcy.
So, what is bankruptcy? Generally speaking, bankruptcy “is a court proceeding in which a judge and court trustee examine the assets and liabilities of individuals and businesses that can’t pay their bills” and make a legally effective decision as to whether to discharge those debts.