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Harvey Weinstein Fired by the Board of The Weinstein Company

Oct 9, 2017  •  Post A Comment

“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 more details about this item, please click here to read the full piece from the Los Angeles Times, and please click here to read the complete article in the Hollywood Reporter.

[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]

 

 

2 Comments

  1. Further hypocrisy of Hollywood. No one will speak out against abuse in the business for fear of it hurting their career. If you condone the abuse in one area, I will not believe your words when you claim to be for women’s rights in another. I am fed up with being lectured by Hollywood. When yo lay down with pigs you get up covered in mud. Hollywood is stinking to high heaven with muck.

  2. Weinstein may be an absolute horrible human being and the vilest person to ever walk this earth but I still believe in the American concept of “innocent until proven guilty”. Then we take appropriate action. The media attacks, tries and convicts someone and anyone that “dare” try to help them prove their innocence, like attorney Lisa Bloom or crisis manager Lanny Davis, are pressured to resigning their positions. The media has already convicted Weinstein. If it’s found out in the future that some of these “allegations” (and that is all they are as of this date, allegations) are false, that story will be buried somewhere where the media hopes you don’t see it. Otherwise, people might question their omnipotence, and they can’t let that happen.

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