Harvey Weinstein, veteran movie and television mogul, has been fired as co-chair of The Weinstein Company (TWC).
The news follows widespread reaction to a New York Times piece published Thursday (Oct. 5) which detailed sexual harassment accusations against the executive.
The story, written by investigative reporters Jodi Kantor and Megan Twohey, cites numerous allegations of sexual harassment that are said to have occurred over the past three decades, stretching from his time overseeing Miramax Films to his more recent tenure with TWC. It also states that Weinstein reached at least eight legal settlements with women, according to two company officials that requested anonymity.
Actress Ashley Judd is quoted on the record in the piece concerning an incident that she says occurred two decades ago.
On Friday afternoon, several members of the all-male board at TWC resigned following meetings with Weinstein. His leave of absence was then called “indefinite” and it was announced that TWC co-chair Bob Weinstein, Harvey’s brother and longtime business partner, and president/COO David Glasser will oversee the company. An outside legal firm had been dispatched to conduct an investigation into the matter.
On Sunday, the board announced via a statement: “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.”
Meanwhile, the day before the announcement of his firing saw the resignation of one of Weinstein’s legal advisers. Lisa Bloom, who was also working with Weinstein and TWC on a docuseries for The Paramount Network based on her book regarding Trayvon Martin, announced her resignation via Twitter.
Bloom is a civil rights attorney who recently represented Janice Dickinson in a defamation case against Bill Cosby, and three women who registered sexual harassment complaints against former Fox News personality Bill O’Reilly. A Paramount Network spokesperson said on Thursday that no air date for the Trayvon Martin docuseries has been finalized, but an original press release stated it was slated for 2018.
The Weinstein Company is a coproducer of the Lifetime hit Project Runway, with Bunim/Murray Productions, Full Picture Entertainment and Heidi Klum Company. Since Project Runway, the company has increased its activity in the unscripted and non-fiction space, with projects for Spike TV/Paramount Network, ID, Nat Geo and other nets.
The Weinstein brothers have also been active in the feature documentary space, with Miramax having distributed Micheal Moore’s Fahrenheit 9/11 and Errol Morris’ The Thin Blue Line, among others. The Weinstein brothers recently acquired the worldwide rights to Michael Moore’s upcoming Fahrenheit 11/9, an examination of the Trump presidency currently in production, via their Fellowship Adventure Group imprint.
Since the NYT piece, more allegations have surfaced via news reports, and a piece from The New Yorker is also reportedly forthcoming.