Weinstein Co Board Ousts Harvey Weinstein After Harassment Allegations


Civil-rights attorney Lisa Bloom has resigned as an advisor to embattled movie producer Harvey Weinstein, accused by the New York Times of a history of sexual harassment going back almost three decades.

On Thursday, The New York Times reported that Weinstein reached settlements with at least eight women since 1990 over sexual harassment allegations, including those from actress Ashley Judd and several former employees.

An attorney for Weinstein didn't immediately return messages Sunday.

Speaking to the New York Times, Glenn Close said she was "upset and darkly sad", but admitted to having heard rumours of the producer's behaviour.

The allegations triggered cascading chaos at the Weinstein Co. Pressure to act continued to mount on the board as more developments followed.

A studio insider who was not authorized to discuss the matter and spoke on condition of anonymity told The Associated Press that the Weinstein Co. plans to change its name.

Film producer Harvey Weinstein ranks right down there in the gutter with Bill O'Reilly and President Donald Trump for the degrading way they have treated women and shrugged it off with boys-will-be-boys insolence.

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Meanwhile, multiple media outlets say three Weinstein Company board members have resigned their positions since the story broke: Dirk Ziff, a billionaire publishing heir and investor; Technicolor executive Tim Sarnoff; and Milwaukee Bucks owner Marc Lasry. The story was written, she says, to be about the firing of Fabrizio Lombardo of Miramax Italy, the man responsible for handling Weinstein's "needs" who allegedly drew a salary of around $400,000 per year.

The Avengers star wrote: "To be clear what Harvey Weinstein did was a disgusting abuse of power and terrible".

"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", the TWC board said in a statement on Sunday. "The intrepid women who raised their voices to expose this abuse are our heroes", Streep wrote in a statement published by the Huffington Post.

A number of notable entertainment figures have spoken out against Weinstein, including Lena Dunham, Seth Rogen, and Judd Apatow. She claims a young female executive told her thirty years ago how she found Weinstein on her bed in a house rented by Miramax.

LIMBONG: The other reason he was sacked, Masters says, is Weinstein's skill at picking and making Oscar-winning movies has waned in recent years.

Weinstein, 65, initially apologised but later threatened to sue. They sold it to Disney in 1993 for $60 million. The Weinstein company has in recent years turned more toward television, producing series like the long-running "Project Runway" and the canceled Netflix drama "Marco Polo". Its upcoming films include the Thomas Edison-George Westinghouse drama "The Current War", with Benedict Cumberbatch. The settlement funds paid out also may have come from The Weinstein Co.