Harvey Is Out, But Scandal Could Still Affect The Weinstein Co

10 October, 2017, 00:36 | Author: Malcolm Fuller
  • Harvey Weinstein Fired Amid Sexual Harassment Scandal

Meryl Streep has weighed in on the Harvey Weinstein sexual harassment allegations, calling the news "disgraceful" and championing the women who came forward as "heroes".

The Weinstein Company has been under intense pressure since The New York Times broke an investigative story on Thursday detailing three decades of sexual misconduct, including accusations that he propositioned actresses and harassed female employees.

Streep was also nominated for a best actress Oscar for the 2013 film "August: Osage County", which Weinstein executive produced.

"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 Weinstein Company said in a statement.

The mogul's then-attorney Lisa Bloom said in a statement that her client "denies numerous accusations as patently false", though Weinstein said that he "bear [s] responsibility for my actions" in an interview to The New York Post on Friday. I didn't know about these other offenses: I did not know about his financial settlements with actresses and colleagues; I did not know about this having meetings in his hotel room, his bathroom, or other inappropriate, coercive acts.

In a statement Monday to the Huffington Post, Streep said "The behaviour is inexcusable but the abuse of power familiar". "Each courageous voice that is raised, heard, and credited by our watchdog media will ultimately change the game", Streep concluded.

Weinstein has been dismissed from The Weinstein Company, following allegations of sexual harassment.

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Streep previously joked that Weinstein was "God" in an award acceptance speech.

On Sunday, Weinstein was removed from his powerhouse film studio in the wake of the publication of the allegations in a New York Times report, according to Variety.

Bob Weinstein, long in his brother's shadow, now takes command of the company along with chief operating officer David Glasser.

Weinstein has not yet responded publicly to his ouster but last week apologized for the pain his past behaviour has caused.

Weinstein, 65, has not been charged with any crimes.

On Sunday night, she told The Hollywood Reporter The Weinstein Company needs to go further.

"I have since learned it's not an excuse, in the office - or out of it". On Sunday, the disgraced Hollywood mogul was sacked from the studio he started 12 years ago with his younger brother, Bob. The ride-hailing company also backed a new investment by Japanese technology conglomerate SoftBank. Weinstein was suspended on Friday, and his lawyer Lisa Bloom resigned on Saturday.

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