We­in­stein on leave as com­pany be­gins probe

The Sunday Guardian - - The Week -

LOS ANGELES: Co-chair­man Har­vey We­in­stein was tak­ing an in­def­i­nite leave from the We­in­stein Co, the film pro­duc­tion com­pany said on Fri­day, adding it will con­duct an in­ter­nal in­ves­ti­ga­tion into the New York Times’ re­port of sex­ual ha­rass­ment al­le­ga­tions against one of the most pow­er­ful men in Hol­ly­wood. The We­in­stein Com­pany board of rep­re­sen­ta­tives said in a state­ment that it takes “ex­tremely se­ri­ously” the ac­cu­sa­tions made in the Times story that said We­in­stein had made eight set­tle­ments with women who had ac­cused him of un­wanted phys­i­cal con­tact and sex­ual ha­rass­ment over three decades. Mean­while, the Demo­cratic Na­tional Com­mit­tee (DNC) and sev­eral Demo­cratic politi­cians said Fri­day they will re-route We­in­stein’s po­lit­i­cal do­na­tions to women’s rights groups. Board rep­re­sen­ta­tives called it “es­sen­tial” to com­pany cul­ture “that all women who work for it or have any deal­ings with it or any of our ex­ec­u­tives are treated with re­spect and have no ex­pe­ri­ence of ha­rass­ment or dis­crim­i­na­tion.” The com­pany said it has re­tained an out­side le­gal firm to con­duct an in­de­pen­dent in­ves­ti­ga­tion into the al­le­ga­tions. We­in­stein ini­tially re­sponded to the Times story on Thurs­day by apol­o­gis­ing for caus­ing any­one pain, and say­ing he was tak­ing a leave of ab­sence.

Har­vey We­in­stein

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