Movie Mogul Harvey Weinstein Fired from His Own Company
On Friday, the headlines read “Weinstein Company Expected to Suspend Harvey” after it was revealed he had been sexually harassing employees for years. But when story after story came out about his antics, the company had no choice but to fire him.
he decision to remove him was announced Sunday night in a statement.
“In light of new information about misconduct by Harvey Weinstein that has emerged in the past few days, the directors of The Weinstein Company – Robert Weinstein, Lance Maerov, Richard Koenigsberg and Tarak Ben Ammar – have determined, and have informed Harvey Weinstein, that his employment with The Weinstein Company is terminated, effective immediately,”
The news comes in wake of the New York Times’ explosive expose about Weinstein, alleging decades of sexual misconduct.
Former employees and associates, including actress Ashley Judd, have accused the filmmaker and Weinstein Company co-founder of making improper advances at them.
The allegations stretch back to Weinstein’s days running his independent movie studio, Miramax.
The 65-year-old has been losing allies, as of late — with his own brother Bob now choosing to turn his back on him and voting to force him out.
“After their mother died, Bob did not feel like he needed to protect Harvey anymore and cover for him,” the insider said. “That was over.”
The brothers’ famed company Miramax was named for Miriam and their father Max.
Weinstein’s lawyer, Lisa Bloom, stepped away on Saturday — along with his advisor, Lanny Davis — as more and more people jumped on the anti-Harvey bandwagon.
A third of Weinstein’s all-male board reportedly quit on Friday after several attempts to push him out failed.
According to Variety, Weinstein was ultimately fired for cause following a board meeting on Sunday.
There is reportedly no financial settlement in place to compensate him.
Source: New York Post