Producer Harvey Weinstein has been forced out of his company after allegations of sexual harassment surfaced against the indie film impresario last week, the Weinstein Co. said Sunday.
“In light of new information about misconduct by Harvey Weinstein that has emerged in the past few days, the directors of The Weinstein Company … have determined, and have informed Harvey Weinstein, that his employment with The Weinstein Company is terminated, effective immediately,” the company said in a statement.
The firing comes just days after The New York Times published a story detailing allegations that the Oscar-winning movie and TV producer had sexually harassed numerous actresses and employees over a span of more than 20 years. Weinstein had settled with at least eight women who accused him of harassment, the article said.
The executive, who founded the Weinstein Co. in 2005 with his brother Bob Weinstein and served as its co-chairman, lost key supporters inside and outside his company.
Over the weekend, Los Angeles attorney Lisa Bloom quit representing Weinstein after coming under criticism for working with him. Crisis manager Lanny Davis also stepped down from Weinstein’s team.
At least three Weinstein Co. board members resigned their positions last week in the wake of the allegations. The board members who resigned include billionaire Dirk Ziff, Marc Lasry and Tim Sarnoff.
On Saturday, MSNBC host Mika Brzezinski threatened to pull out of her book deal with Weinstein’s publishing imprint unless he resigns.
Meanwhile, allegations about Weinstein’s alleged misbehavior continued to mount.
A report surfaced late Friday in the Huffington Post claiming 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.
Weinstein a Feinstein donor
Sen. Dianne Feinstein said Sunday she’d consider returning or giving away decades-old donations from Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein, though she seemed unaware she had received them. According to federal records, Weinstein gave Feinstein $375 in 1992 and $1,000 in 1994. Feinstein was asked on NBC’s “Meet the Press” how she planned to respond to criticism from the California Republican Party about the donations.
“I don’t know that I’ve received any. I’ll certainly take a look, and then I’ll make a decision,” the California Democrat said.
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