HOLLYWOOD—Multiple allegations of sexual harassment have emerged against longtime Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein in recent days which has led to his ouster from The Weinstein Company. Weinstein, who is the head of Miramax and started The Weinstein Company is responsible for popular films like “Shakespeare in Love” which won the Best Picture Oscar in 1999.
The Weinstein Company announced that Harvey was fired from the company on Sunday, October 8 by the Board of Directors who issued the following statement:
“In light of the new information about misconduct by Harvey Weinstein that has emerged in the past few days, the directors of The Weinstein Company – Robert Weinstein, Lance Maerov, Richard Koenigsberg and Tarak Ben Ammar – have determined, and have informed Harvey Weinstein, that his employment with The Weinstein Company is terminated, effective immediately.
The New York Times broke the story Thursday, October 5 that several former associates of Weinstein allege to have been the targets of sexual harassment by the film producer and executive. Included in that list of accusers is actress Ashley Judd, “Scream” and “Charmed” star Rose McGowan and Italian model and actress Ambra Battilana. Battilana claimed that Weinstein assaulted her in March 2015 after he invited her to his Tribeca office under the premise of assisting her film career aspirations.
The New York City Police Department opened an investigation into the incident, but the case was closed when Weinstein agreed to make an undisclosed payment to Battilana. According to reports, over the course of his career, Weinstein has reportedly reached settlements with at least eight different women regarding claims of harassment.
The board of directors of the Weinstein Company met Friday to determine if Weinstein will remain with the production firm he and his brother, Bob, co-founded in 1979. Weinstein has been involved in the production of numerous hit movies over the course of his career, including Quentin Tarantino’s “Pulp Fiction,” “Shakespeare in Love,” “Scream” and “Silver Linings Playbook” which star Jennifer Lawrence won a Best Actress Academy Award.
Weinstein released a statement Thursday saying he apologizes for any pain he’s caused to co-workers in the past and that he is “trying to do better.” In the letter he made no mention of any specific charges, nor did he admit to any explicit acts of sexual impropriety. An attorney for Weinstein stated that he was prepared to file a lawsuit against the Times over their story. Attorney Lisa Bloom who was an advisor to Weinstein, resigned on Saturday, October 7.
Written By Dylan Gera and Casey Jacobs