Hollywood Producer Harvey Weinstein Suspended From Company Indefinitely
Harvey Weinstein has not denied allegations of sexual harassment while his role at The Weinstein Company has been suspended indefinitely.
Film producer Harvey Weinstein has suspended himself from The Weinstein Company following allegations of sexual harassment, profiled in a New York Times exposé. Weinstein, who co-founded the film studio in 2005 with his brother, has produced some of Hollywood’s biggest hits, including Django Unchained and The King’s Speech.
Amid the controversy, one-third of the board members, which are all men, resigned their positions at The Weinstein Company in light of the sexual harassment allegations made. Dirk Ziff, Tim Sarnoff and Marc Lasry have stepped down from their posts, according to The New York Times. After the Times published a searing report about Harvey Weinstein’s numerous accusations of sexual harassment by actresses, associates, and current and former employees — the board issued a statement ordering an independent investigation into the allegations.
According to Variety, Harvey’s brother may take over the company along with David Glasser, the chief operating officer. The Times’ piece details “damning accusations” from former and current employees, as well as actress Ashley Judd. Other accusations include claims of enforcing a code of silence and undisclosed settlements with the likes of Rose McGowan. Weinstein issued a statement on the accusations, apologizing for his behavior, which he said “caused a lot of pain.”
He also vowed to channel his anger at the National Rifle Association.
In a separate report published by HuffPost Friday evening, TV journalist Lauren Sivan accused Harvey Weinstein of trapping her in the hallway of a restaurant that was closed to the public and began masturbating in front of her.