One of the most dominating film producers of his times whose foothold is so strong that he could break or make someone’s career, Harvey Weinstein the co-founder of the production-and-distribution companies Miramax and the Weinstein Company has been accused of both sexual harassment and sexual assault. The New Yorker published a report based on an extensive 10-month investigation by reporter Ronan Farrow.
According to the report, 13 women came out against Weinstein stating instances of sexual assaults and fresh allegations include that he paid off accusers for decades. Since the report was published, four members of his company’s all-male board resigned. The remaining members which also includes his brother ousted Harvey Weinstein on Sunday, October 8. They stated on Tuesday, October 10 that, “We are shocked and dismayed by the allegations and comes as an utter surprise." They further added that "the alleged actions are antithetical to human decency."
However, Harvey Weinstein’s spokesperson issued a statement to The New Yorker claiming that "Any allegations of non-consensual sex are unequivocally denied by Mr.Weinstein. Mr. Weinstein has further confirmed that there were never any acts of retaliation against any women for refusing his advances."
He earlier also issued a statement to the Times where he wrote, “came of age in the 60's and 70's, when all the rules about behavior and workplaces were different. ... I appreciate the way I've behaved with colleagues in the past has caused a lot of pain, and I sincerely apologize for it."
To come out were Argento, an Italian actress, who said that Weinstein had forcibly performed oral sex on her, but that she was scared of speaking up for fear that he would "crush" her. "I know he has crushed a lot of people before," she said.
An executive told Farrow that some female employees were made to be present at the hotel meetings before being dismissed by Weinstein, leaving the young actress or model alone with him. “One of the reasons this is so hard ... is many women, over and over again, through the years have signed non-disclosure agreements with Harvey Weinstein, in exchange for very large sums," Farrow tells NPR. "The crux of it is this: he was able to buy silence, over and over again. And these agreements are ironclad."
The executive producer who is credited with movies like “Sex, Lies, and Videotape,” “The English Patient,” “Pulp Fiction,” “The Crying Game,” “Shakespeare in Love,” and “The King’s Speech” and earning more than three hundred Oscar nominations had been under the scanner for a long time now so much so that this was somewhat an open secret in Hollywood but nothing concrete could establish against him until now.
Gwyneth Paltrow, Angelina Jolie, Mira Sorvino, and Rosanna Arquette are who claim to have been sexually harassed by Weinstein.
In an email to the Times, Angelina Jolie stated that "I had a bad experience with Harvey Weinstein in my youth, and as a result, chose never to work with him again and warn others when they did," she wrote in an email to the Times. "This behavior towards women in any field, any country is unacceptable."
Hillary Clinton also issued a statement expressing shock over the revelations and something which “cannot be tolerated.” Weinstein was a fundraiser for Democratic Party candidates including Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton.According to People, Harvey Weinstein’s wife, fashion designer Georgina Chapman, is also leaving him. They got married in 2007 and have two kids.