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Weinstein says his personal files 'contain information exonerating him,' sues The Weinstein Co.

Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein filed suit Thursday against his former employer, claiming it has denied his requests for personal records. He "claims the requested emails, personnel file, and other records "can be used to defend himself and the studio he co-founded." (Yann Caotsaliou/AFP/Getty Images)

Harvey Weinstein filed suit in Delaware Chancery Court on Thursday against his former employer, claiming it has denied his requests for personal records.

The movie producer is accused of rape, sexual harassment, and sexual assault by a long list of actresses and employees.

What records is he seeking?

Weinstein claims the requested emails, personnel file, and other records "can be used to defend himself and the studio he co-founded," according to the Los Angeles Times.

The lawsuit, which is posted on the Times website, claims Weinstein's emails "will contain information exonerating him" from the allegations against him and The Weinstein Company.

"The company’s board of directors has said it was unaware of the claims against Harvey Weinstein until news reports detailed his behavior," the Times reported.

"Further, Mr. Weinstein is in a unique position to offer insight, and further explain and contextualize his emails," the complaint states.

Weinstein has denied all allegations of nonconsensual sex made by more than 50 women.

Possible claims for wrongful termination:

"The 65-year-old's lawyer, Patricia Glaser, has expressed to the company that he may possibly sue for wrongful termination," the BBC reported.

The Weinstein Company's board fired Weinstein on Oct. 8, three days after a New York Times exposé revealed decades of alleged misconduct against him.

His termination was ratified last week when the company's board of directors cut off Weinstein's access to his email and other documents, according to the complaint.

Protecting his financial interest?

Weinstein owns 23 percent of the company, according to the L.A. Times story.

His lawyers said he wants to protect his financial interest in the company from “unjustified settlements or judgments” against the studio.

“Should the company be forced to pay out unjustified settlements or judgments, Mr. Weinstein’s interest as a member will suffer as a result,” the complaint said. “The less cash available for distribution, the less Mr. Weinstein will receive as a member.”

Amid the sex scandal, the New York-based film and television company was forced to look for a buyer.

Anything else?

"In addition, he accused the studio and its executives of leaking information from his personnel file to the media," the L.A. Times reported.

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