The Knicks owner is accused of knowledge of Harvey Weinstein’s alleged sexual assault.
Madison Square Garden Company executive chairman, and New York Knicks owner, James Dolan was named in a class-action lawsuit filed on Wednesday in Manhattan with knowledge of former Weinstein Company chairman Harvey Weinstein’s accused sexual misconduct.
Dolan served as the director of the Weinstein Company from 2015-2016. According to the Manhattan Federal Court, first broke by the Daily News, Dolan “knew of Weinstein’s pattern and practice of predatory sexual conduct toward women from…[Dolan’s] position as a director of TWC.” The lawsuit filed in federal court comes from six women and names Dolan a defendant connected to Weinstein in the case. The Daily Beast reports Weinstein is accused of racketeering, civil battery, assault, and intentional and negligent infliction of emotional distress.
The news of Dolan’s potential implication in Weinstein’s lawsuit comes off the heels of a wave of new allegations of sexual harassment of Weinstein and other public figures, both in the film industry and politicians. Knicks chairman James Dolan is accused of knowledge of Weinstein’s alleged sexual harassment and misconduct in the Manhattan class-action suit.
UPDATE: 5:03 p.m. EST.
James Dolan’s spokesperson responded the the allegations implicating him with Weinstein cited in the class-action suit. Per ESPN’s Ian Begley, Dolan’s representative claimed the Knicks owner and then-Weinstein Company director did not act inappropriately:
From a spokesperson for James Dolan: “We just received the complaint and are currently reviewing. We will not have a comment until that is complete. We can state that Mr. Dolan is confident that he acted appropriately in all matters relating to his time on the Weinstein board." https://t.co/9xXnM0ci8h
— Ian Begley (@IanBegley) December 6, 2017
We will update this story as it develops.