The Weinstein Company sacked its co-founder Harvey Weinstein on 8 October, 2017 following a painstaking bust from investigations championed by The New York Times and The New Yorker. A large number of women stepped forward with accusations that he sexually assaulted, harassed, and raped them.
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Most of Harvey’s accusers who are also in the film industry, lodged their complaints in the media but he denied having any non-consensual sex with the women.
A spokeswoman for the business mogul told CNN in a statement that any allegations of non-consensual sex are unequivocally denied by Mr. Weinstein, who has further confirmed that there were never any acts of retaliation against any women for refusing his advances.
Harvey, a 65-year-old film producer, has been married twice. His second wife Georgina Chapman, an English fashion designer who he married in 2007, left him amid the sexual assault scandal. They have two children (India Pearl, their daughter who was born in 2010, and a boy Dashiell, 2013). He was first married to Eve Chilton with who he shares 3 children; the marriage ended in 1987.
Speaking with PEOPLE Magazine on the shock from her husband’s alleged exploitation of women, Georgina said: “My heart breaks for all the women who have suffered tremendous pain because of these unforgivable actions. I have chosen to leave my husband. Caring for my young children is my first priority and I ask the media for privacy at this time.”
Image shows Harvey Weinstein and his second wife Georgina Chapman at the 2017 Oscars.
News of Georgina’s separation from her husband of ten years surfaced on the media last Wednesday.
Famous actresses Gwyneth Paltrow and Angelina Jolie on Tuesday joined the long list of women who reported sexual harassment against Harvey. The pair said he made “unwanted” advances at them in the 1990s.
“This way of treating women ends now,” said Paltrow, who alleged that she was sexually harassed at 22 after getting an offer to feature in a movie.
Harvey’s membership as part of The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences Board of Governors has been revoked.
While Cara Delevingne reported her sexual assault experience on Wednesday, actor Rose McGowan, who the New York Times reported received a $100,000 settlement from Weinstein about 20 years ago, says the company executives knew of the man’s repulsive behavior. She also called for all members of the board to be dissolved.
The board members, in a statement, denied any knowledge of Harvey’s misconduct.
“These alleged actions are antithetical to human decency,” it said. “These allegations come as an utter surprise to the Board. Any suggestion that the Board had knowledge of this conduct is false.”
There are speculations that Harvey will go for rehab. His representative confirmed this development to CNN on Tuesday but declined to say how soon he will commence treatment and where.
However, the accused person threatened within hours that he will sue The New York Times for defamation of character.
Hollywood has suffered greatly from allegations of sexual misconduct which, sadly, placed the industry in an uncomfortable position. However, with solid foundations on moral standards and a large number of “innocent” men like Harvey still roaming the streets, time will tell their end.
Weinstein actor Ewan McGregor tweeted on Wednesday, “It’s about time this came to light and he is getting is just deserts. Heard rumors over the years but this is awful. Bye Bully!”
Most Democratic party stalwarts who received money from Weinstein during election campaigns have been slow with comments on the allegations.
Matt Damon, Meryl Streep, Ben Affleck, and George Clooney were among a few actors who boldly issued statements or gave lengthy interviews about the story. Former U.S. president Barack Obama and ex-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton berated Weinstein’s misconduct.
One of the company’s four executive members, Lance Maerov, said in an interview that Weinstein is now aware that its co-founder did violate their code of conduct although he did not specify what the violation was. He added that the accused person was notified of his contract termination by email on Sunday.
Mr. Maerov said Mr. Weinstein had been notified of his termination by email Sunday evening. Signatories to the legal action are Mr. Maerov, Bob Weinstein (Mr. Weinstein’s brother), Richard Koenigsberg and Tarak Ben Ammar. A fifth board member, Paul Tudor Jones, reportedly opted to leave on Saturday.
Lisa Bloom, the female attorney who handled Blac Chyna’s lawsuit against Rob Kardashian, is scrambling for damage control on the scandal as Weinstein’s legal adviser. She said in her personal statement on Thursday that her client denies many of the accusations as patently false.
Meanwhile Mr. Maerov expressed his anger towards Bloom in an email response, saying her approach and public comments were “definitely fanning the flames and compounding the problem.” He also accused the lawyer of having a conflict of interest because Mr. Harvey had agreed to turn a book she wrote into a TV series.
Image: Harvey Weinstein and Georgina
Apart from co-establishing The Weinstein Company, Harvey and his brother Bob also founded Miramax in 1979. They have received a total of 303 Oscar nominations and won 75 Academy Awards.
“I find myself in a waking nightmare. My brother has caused unconscionable suffering,” Bob, 62, said of his brother who has apologized for ‘causing a lot of pains’ but adamant that the sex tales were all consensual.
Harvey is believe to be receiving treatments in Arizona at the moment.
Bob says he had no idea about the type of predator his brother was although he knew him as a “dog”, adding that he’s very angry with his seeming lack of remorse.
“I want him to get the justice that he deserves,” Bob added in his statements, making reference to his brother as ‘sick and depraved.’
“The members of the board, including myself, did not know the extent of my brother’s actions. I know him on a personal level better than anyone,” he told The Hollywood Reporter. “It’s hard to describe how I feel that he took out the emptiness inside of him in so many sick and depraved ways.
“It’s a sickness but not a sickness that is excusable. It’s a sickness that’s inexcusable. And I, as a brother, understood and was aware as a family member, that my brother needed help and that something was wrong.”
London and New York police are working closely towards unraveling the “mystery” behind Harvey’s sexual misconduct.
“Merseyside Police can confirm a report was received at 8:40 a.m. on Wednesday of an alleged sexual assault in the London area in the 1980s,” the London police said in a statement.