Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein has been fired amid sexual harassment allegations against him. As the NY Times reports, Weinstein was terminated from the Weinstein Company, the company he co-founded, based upon a decision by the company's board. Weinstein and his brother, Bob, own 42% of the company.
The board said that its decision to fire Weinstein was made “in light of new information about misconduct by Harvey Weinstein that has emerged in the past few days.” Lance Maerov, one of the company’s four board members, said the board was made aware that Weinstein had violated the company’s code of conduct. He would not specify the violation.
Just days ago, the NY Times released an investigative story that uncovered decades of sexual harassment by the executive. Actresses and former coworkers have accused him of inappropriate behavior and advances, including asking them to give him massages and masturbating in front of them. The piece stated that he has settled at least eight cases of sexual harassment privately— and paid victims to keep quiet. Many women stated that they didn't want to come forward due to Weinstein's power in the industry.
In a statement to the Times, Weinstein initially said: “I appreciate the way I’ve behaved with colleagues in the past has caused a lot of pain, and I sincerely apologize for it. Though I’m trying to do better, I know I have a long way to go.” He also said that he was working with therapists and taking leave of absence to “deal with this issue head on.” Lisa Bloom, a lawyer advising Weinstein, said in a statement that “he denies many of the accusations as patently false.”
Bloom later parted ways with Weinstein.
His films, which include Good Will Hunting and Pulp Fiction, have garnered six best-picture Oscars. Following the report, others have come forward in Hollywood to speak out, including actress Meryl Streep in a statement to Huffington Post. Streep, who had worked with Weinstein, said that her relationship with him was one of respect and she did not know of his harassment behavior. However, she applauded the women who have come forward. “The disgraceful news about Harvey Weinstein has appalled those of us whose work he championed, and those whose good and worthy causes he supported. The intrepid women who raised their voices to expose this abuse are our heroes."
Actors like Mark Ruffalo and Lena Dunham took to social media to share their criticism of Weinstein.
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