Dis­graced US mogul on leave

Sunday Herald Sun - - News -

HAR­VEY We­in­stein will take an “in­def­i­nite” leave of ab­sence from the We­in­stein Com­pany, the board has an­nounced.

The board has also re­tained John Kier­nan, of De­bevoise & Plimp­ton LLP, to con­duct an in­de­pen­dent in­ves­ti­ga­tion of sex­ual ha­rass­ment al­le­ga­tions fol­low­ing the New York Times’ bomb­shell re­port last week.

“We strongly en­dorse Har­vey We­in­stein’s al­ready-an­nounced de­ci­sion to take an in­def­i­nite leave of ab­sence from the com­pany, com­menc­ing to­day,” the board said in a state­ment.

“As Har­vey has said, it is im­por­tant for him to get pro­fes­sional help for the prob­lems he has ac­knowl­edged.

“Next steps will de­pend on Har­vey’s ther­a­peu­tic progress, the out­come of the board’s in­de­pen­dent in­ves­ti­ga­tion, and Har­vey’s own per­sonal de­ci­sions.”

Co-chair­man Bob We­in­stein and chief op­er­at­ing of­fi­cer David Glasser will run the com­pany in We­in­stein’s ab­sence.

The New York Times re­ported last week that We­in­stein has over the years reached at least eight le­gal set­tle­ments with women over al­leged ha­rass­ment.

The ar­ti­cle chron­i­cled al­le­ga­tions against We­in­stein from ac­tor Ash­ley Judd and for­mer em­ploy­ees at both the We­in­stein Co and We­in­stein’s for­mer com­pany, Mi­ra­max.

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