The New York Supreme Court has allowed a $45 million loan lawsuit against Harvey Weinstein to resume on Friday after pausing it for bankruptcy proceedings for The Weinstein Company (TWC) to complete. The case is set to return to court Nov. 27.
According to filings obtained by TheWrap, the company AI International Holdings filed the lawsuit against Weinstein and TWC back in November, when Weinstein was fired from his company amid multiple sexual assault allegations. AI argued that Weinstein’s dismissal prompted the loan being due immediately because of an “adverse” change in how the business was run.
In April, after TWC began bankruptcy proceedings, a New York judge granted a temporary stay on the AI lawsuit. AI moved to separate the two suits to allow them to proceed in their lawsuit against Weinstein, whom unlike the studio he founded, has not filed for bankruptcy. That motion is still awaiting approval.
Weinstein has been indicted on six criminal sexual charges in New York, including two counts of sexual assault that hold a maximum sentence of life imprisonment. Weinstein is also facing further investigation into sexual harassment and assault allegations in Los Angeles and London, and faces several other civil lawsuits including a class-action RICO suit filed by several of his accusers and a separate one filed by actress Ashley Judd, who accused him of sabotaging her career.
Weinstein maintains that his interactions with all the women have been consensual and has denied any wrongdoing.
Pamela Chelin contributed to this report