Hollywood dinosaur Harvey Weinstein fired amidst sexual assault allegations

Hollywood dinosaur Harvey Weinstein fired amidst sexual assault allegations

Harvey Weinstein was sacked over the weekend as head of the film studio he co-founded with his brother.

A statement released by the board of the company said Weinstein has been terminated from his position as co-chairman of the company.

The New York Times reported last week that Mr. Weinstein had reached at least eight settlements over almost three decades with women who had accused him of sexual harassment and unwanted physical contact.

The NYT story cites anonymous Weinstein Company officials who said that Weinstein reached no fewer than eight settlements with women over the past decades.

In an interview on Sunday, Lance Maerov, one of the four remaining board members, said it has been brought to their attention that Mr. Weinstein violated the company's code of conduct at some point in the past week. He was "fired for cause" following a board meeting on Sunday. His brother, Bob Weinstein, is one of the board members who chose to fire Harvey.

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According to the Times expose, the powerful film producer had faced many accusations of sexual harassment spanning decades. The producer is accused by several women, including actresses stars Ashley Judd and Rose McGowan have tried to massage them, to have them forced to look at naked or have promised to encourage their career for sex.

He and his brother launched The Weinstein Co.

The Times reporter Jodi Kantor explained why the women revealed the past events so many years later.

"I came of age in the 60's and 70's, when all the rules about behavior and workplaces were different", the statement began.

Meryl Streep has broken her silence on the allegations that Harvey Weinstein routinely sexually harassed women, which some have referred to as an open secret in Hollywood. "That was the culture then", he said. To anyone. I realized some time ago that I needed to be a better person and my interactions with the people I work with have changed.

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