“Indie film impresario Harvey Weinstein, a towering figure in Hollywood, was fired from his company Sunday night after allegations that he sexually harassed women for decades,” reports the Los Angeles Times.
Writes The Hollywood Reporter, “In a move that would’ve been shocking a week ago, the mogul was terminated on Sunday as co-chairman of The Weinstein Co. after bombshell on-the-record sexual harassment allegations came to light in a New York Times report.
“‘In light of 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,’ read a statement from the TWC board.
“The situation came to a boiling point Sunday in an explosive meeting when Harvey was offered the opportunity to settle with the company and leave but refused, a source tells The Hollywood Reporter. In the meeting, Harvey argued that the scandal would blow over. The board disagreed. President/COO David Glasser and other TWC executives have been reaching out to talent to assure them that the company is going forward without Harvey.”
Notes the L.A. Times story, Harvey Weinstein, “who founded the Weinstein Co. in 2005 with Bob Weinstein and served as its co-chairman, lost key supporters inside and outside the company as he came under pressure to leave. Over the weekend, Los Angeles attorney Lisa Bloom quit representing Harvey Weinstein after she faced criticism for working with him. Crisis manager Lanny Davis also stepped down from Weinstein’s team.
“On Saturday, MSNBC host Mika Brzezinski threatened to pull out of her book deal with Weinstein’s publishing imprint unless he resigned.
“Meanwhile, allegations about Weinstein’s alleged misbehavior continued to mount, putting more pressure on the board to act.
“A report surfaced late Friday in the Huffington Post contending that Weinstein had made unwanted sexual advances toward a TV journalist, Lauren Sivan, a decade ago in New York, including cornering Sivan at a restaurant and masturbating in front of her.
“Another account in Britain’s the Times on Sunday alleged that Weinstein propositioned a female writer to share a bath with him at his London hotel.”
[To read the blog entry by TVWeek Open Mic contributor Chuck Ross criticizing Attorney Lisa Bloom’s defense of Weinstein before she resigned from representing him, please click here.]
Harvey Weinstein [in a 2014 interview on CBS]