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Travelers seeks ruling it’s not obligated to indemnify Weinstein

Posted On: Oct. 2, 2018 12:35 PM CST

Travelers seeks ruling it’s not obligated to indemnify Weinstein

Travelers Casualty and Surety Co. is seeking a New York court’s ruling that it is not obligated to indemnify former film executive Harvey Weinstein in connection with the numerous sexual assault and harassment charges filed against him.

Hartford, Connecticut-based Travelers Casualty filed suit in New York Supreme Court in New York on Friday seeking a declaratory judgment it is not obligated to provide Mr. Weinstein with coverage for 22 liability claims and lawsuits filed against him, according to Travelers Casualty and Surety Co., formerly known as the Aetna Casualty and Surety Co., v. Harvey Weinstein.

The filing says Mr. Weinstein has notified Travelers through his attorneys on various dates of the underlying claims and requested the insurer defend and indemnify it. 

Travelers said it is basing its denial on exclusions in the primary, excess and umbrella policies Aetna Casualty had issued to The Walt Disney Co. for policy periods extending from June 1993 to June 1998. The filing also says Mr. Weinstein’s actions were not conducted in connection with his employment.

It said exclusions that preclude coverage include those in its primary policies for abuse or molestation, and bodily and personal injury exclusions for coercion-related actions under the policies’ employment-related practices exclusions.

“The alleged acts were not performed in the course and scope of Weinstein’s employment or in performance of any of Weinstein’s duties as an employee, officer or director” of Disney, said the filing, also.

Mr. Weinstein’s attorney could not immediately be reached for comment.

An affiliate of Zurich North America filed a lawsuit in June claiming it is not responsible to pay Mr. Weinstein’s legal bills following his arrest for rape.