Weinstein on leave as company begins probe
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.