We­in­stein to take leave amid ha­rass­ment re­port

The Mercury News Weekend - - NEWS -

Har­vey We­in­stein, the larger-than-life Hol­ly­wood ex­ec­u­tive and Os­car win­ner, is tak­ing a leave of ab­sence from his own com­pany af­ter an ex­plo­sive ex­pose re­veal­ing decades of sex­ual ha­rass­ment against women, from em­ploy­ees to ac­tress Ash­ley Judd, was pub­lished in The New York Times on Thurs­day. The ar­ti­cle in­cludes first­per­son ac­counts of We­in­stein’s al­leged con­duct, in­clud­ing from Judd, who re­counts an in­ci­dent from two decades ago in which she said she was asked to meet We­in­stein in his ho­tel room. We­in­stein greeted her wear­ing a bathrobe and asked her if she would give him a mas­sage or watch him shower, the pa­per re­ported. “Women have been talk­ing about Har­vey amongst our­selves for a long time, and it’s sim­ply be­yond time to have the con­ver­sa­tion pub­licly,” Judd told the Times. Two un­named com­pany of­fi­cials tell the Times that at least eight women have re­ceived set­tle­ments from We­in­stein over the years, in­clud­ing ac­tress Rose McGowan, who al­legedly had an in­ci­dent with him in 1997when she was 23. Other sto­ries in­clude sim­i­lar ac­counts of We­in­stein co­erc­ing young women into giv­ing him mas­sages, while naked, or watch­ing him shower, and promis­ing ca­reer ad­vance­ment in re­turn. These in­ci­dents were all said to have hap­pened in ho­tel rooms. We­in­stein’s at­tor­ney Charles J. Harder said in a state­ment that the story is “sat­u­rated with false and defam­a­tory state­ments about Har­vey We­in­stein.”


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