Movie boss Har­vey We­in­stein faces sex­ual as­sault al­le­ga­tions


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The directors of The We­in­stein Com­pany have de­ter­mined, and have in­formed Har­vey We­in­stein, that his em­ploy­ment with The We­in­stein Com­pany is ter­mi­nated, ef­fec­tive im­me­di­ately.’ That was the de­ci­sion of the busi­ness that Hol­ly­wood heavy­weight Har­vey co-founded, fol­low­ing a num­ber of sex­ual ha­rass­ment al­le­ga­tions against the pro­lific pro­ducer.

The 65-year-old, who be­gan the com­pany with his brother Robert in 2005, was ousted by a bomb­shell ex­posé in the New York Times on Oc­to­ber 5, which al­leges that, for the past three decades, Har­vey has sex­u­ally ha­rassed ac­tresses and fe­male as­sis­tants – and paid off at least eight women to set­tle com­plaints about his sup­posed lewd be­hav­iour.

Now, both sides are speak­ing out, as the storm sur­round­ing the scan­dal in­ten­si­fies…


A num­ber of women have made ac­cu­sa­tions that the pro­ducer would ap­pear near or fully naked, make them watch him bathe or give him a mas­sage and, in at least one in­stance, pressed a young temp for sex. But it’s not just un­named ac­cusers – well-known stars have also come for­ward with sim­i­lar al­le­ga­tions.

Ashley Judd told the Times that she was film­ing 1997’s Kiss the Girls when Har­vey coaxed her to his ho­tel room and sub­jected her to a se­ries of come-ons. ‘I said no, a lot of ways, a lot of times, and he al­ways came back at me with some new ask,’ she claims.

Ac­tress Rose Mcgowan re­port­edly re­ceived a $128,000 pay­out in 1997 over an in­ci­dent that took place at the Sun­dance Film Fes­ti­val. She is among eight women to re­port­edly re­ceive set­tle­ments from the film ty­coon.


In re­sponse to the Times story, Har­vey is­sued an apol­ogy for his ac­tions. ‘I came of age in the ’60s and ’70s, when all the rules about

be­hav­iour and work­places were dif­fer­ent,’ he wrote. ‘I have since learnt it’s not an ex­cuse… I ap­pre­ci­ate the way I’ve be­haved with col­leagues in the past has caused a lot of pain, and I sin­cerely apol­o­gise for it.’ But while he’s is­sued his atone­ment, the pro­ducer is now at­tempt­ing to sue the Times for $64 mil­lion for ‘reck­less re­port­ing’. ‘They spent six months re­search­ing this ar­ti­cle, then they give us just 24 hours to an­swer it,’ he told the New York Post. Ac­cord­ing to his former lawyer Lisa Bloom, the fa­ther-of-five ‘de­nies many of the ac­cu­sa­tions as patently false’. But Har­vey ad­mits he bears ‘re­spon­si­bil­ity for my ac­tions’ and says that he has to change. ‘I’ve got to grow,’ he shares. ‘I’ve got to deal with my per­son­al­ity.’

‘I re­alised some time ago that I needed to be a bet­ter per­son and my in­ter­ac­tions with the peo­ple I work with have changed,’ Har­vey said in a state­ment Ashley re­calls feel­ing ‘pan­icky’ and ‘trapped’ after be­ing sent to Har­vey’s Bev­erly Hills ho­tel room, where he made ad­vances to­wards her. ‘It was all this bar­gain­ing, this co­er­cive bar­gain­ing’

Ac­cord­ing to set­tle­ment doc­u­ments, Har­vey’s 1997 pay­out was ‘not to be con­strued as an ad­mis­sion’ but in­tended to ‘buy peace’ from Rose, who has been vo­cal on Twit­ter since the Times ar­ti­cle was pub­lished

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