Five insurance companies that issued coverage to Harvey Weinstein want a judge to rule that they are under no obligation to cover him in the myriad of sexual assault lawsuits he is facing.
According to court documents obtained by The Blast, the five companies — Federal Insurance Company, Chubb Indemnity Insurance Company, Vigilant Insurance Company, Pacific Indemnity Company, Great Northern Insurance Company — issued Weinstein 80 policies related to 11 sexual assault lawsuits against Weinstein.
The insurance companies claim Weinstein, through his attorney, reached out to them on various dates after the lawsuits were filed and "requested that [the insurance companies] provide a defense and indemnity under its policies."
The companies say they responded by saying they were under no obligation to cover him. They claim that policies cover damages caused by an "accident," "offense," or occurrence," but Weinstein's actions were "ongoing and pervasive, and allegedly criminal, acts of premeditated, forcible, non- consensual sexual and physical assault, physical threats and abuse in the context of Weinstein’s invitation to his victims to discuss potential acting or producing roles in the film industry."
They also claim most of the policies contain a provision against acts of "molestation, misconduct or abuse."
The various companies are asking a judge to issue a declaration saying they are under no obligation to cover Weinstein's damages in the sexual assault lawsuits.