Weinstein goes to prison

New York state inmate No. 20B0584, once one of Hollywood’s most powerful figures, arrived at a maximum-security prison near Buffalo Wednesday.

Harvey Weinstein, who turns 68 on Thursday, was sent from Rikers Island to the Wende Correctional Institute in Alden, NY, for evaluation, Bloomberg reports.

Authorities say Weinstein, who is serving a 23-year sentence for rape and sexual assault, will be held at Wende during the evaluation and classification process and may remain there afterward. The AP notes that it is an “inauspicious homecoming” for Weinstein, who went to university in Buffalo and started out in the entertainment industry by working as a concert promoter in the area.

While at the upstate facility, Weinstein will be evaluated to determine his medical needs and security classification before being assigned to a state prison.

Former inmate Herbert Morales, now a fellow at the Correctional Association of New York, tells Page Six that during the process, Weinstein will have had to surrender his property before being shaved, “deliced,” and given his prison clothes.

“He’ll get boots, sneakers, three pairs of state pants, four pairs of state shirts, a state coat, several pairs of state underwear, several T-shirts,” Morales says.

Authorities say Weinstein, who was sentenced last week, will not be eligible for parole until Nov. 9, 2039.

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Weinstein ‘disgraced’ with conviction for rape and sexual assault

Harvey Weinstein, 67, was convicted Monday for rape and sexual assault against two women in New York.

The conviction will not be the end of the fall from grace for the ex-Hollywood mogul, who faces still more misconduct charges in Los Angeles.

Noted Weinstein journalist Ronan Farrow of The New Yorker tweeted Monday:

“New: Los Angeles prosecutors are moving forward with their separate case against Weinstein — which could include a more expansive group of witnesses and lead to greater sentencing exposure. Paul Thompson, the LA Deputy District Attorney, tells me: ‘We are definitely proceeding.'”

Weinstein, 67, faces a March 11 sentence of up to 29 years in prison arising from his New York conviction on charges of third-degree rape and a criminal sexual act, subject to appeal; he could face another 28 years behind bars in his California case.

In that case, announced just as the New York trial was getting underway on Jan. 6, authorities allege he raped one woman and sexually assaulted another on back-to-back nights during Oscars week in 2013.

“This is the new landscape for survivors of sexual assault in America, I believe, and it is a new day,” New York District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr. said Monday after Weinstein was found guilty. “It is a new day because Harvey Weinstein has finally been held accountable for crimes he committed.

“Weinstein is a vicious, serial sexual predator who used his power to threaten, rape, assault and trick, humiliate and silence his victims.”

Weinstein’s lawyers said they will appeal in New York.

“Harvey is unbelievably strong; he took it like a man,” defense attorney Donna Rotunno said. “He knows that we will continue to fight for him, and we know that this is not over.”

The jury of seven men and five women took five days to find Weinstein guilty of raping an aspiring actress in a New York City hotel room in 2013 and sexually assaulting production assistant Mimi Haleyi at his apartment in 2006 by forcibly performing oral sex on her.

He was acquitted on the most serious charges, two counts of predatory sexual assault, each carrying up to life in prison. Those counts were connected to the testimony of “Sopranos” actress Annabella Sciorra, who said Weinstein barged into her apartment, raped her and forcibly performed oral sex on her in the mid-1990s.

Judge James Burke ordered Weinstein taken to jail immediately.

“Weinstein with his manipulation, his resources, his attorneys, his publicists and his spies did everything he could to silence to survivors,” Vance Jr. said after the verdict.

During the case, Weinstein’s lawyers repeatedly raised objections that could form the basis of an appeal. Among other things, the defense complained that the Los Angeles charges were timed to influence jury selection, and they unsuccessfully opposed the seating of a juror who wrote a novel involving predatory older men.

Rumors about Weinstein’s behavior swirled in Hollywood circles for a long time, but those who say they were victimized by the powerful moviemaker say he managed to silence many accusers with payoffs, nondisclosure agreements and the constant fear that he could crush their careers if they spoke out.

Weinstein’s accusers are fame hungry, lawyer says

Harvey Weinstein’s lawyer has said that her client was made a ‘scapegoat’ by women who accused him of sexual molestation.

Speaking with ITv News, Weinstein’s lawyer, Donna Rotunno, said her client was “not a rapist” and accused the #MeToo movement of going “too far”.

“I met with Harvey, I spoke with Harvey and from day one I didn’t believe that he was a rapist,” she told the news outlet in her first UK broadcast interview.

“Harvey has the right to a defence. Harvey has the right to a fair trial. Harvey has the right to be presumed innocent,” Donna said. “I do think he’s been made a scapegoat and I think that Harvey is accused of doing things that have happened for decades and decades and decades.”

Once one of Hollywood’s most powerful producers, Weinstein has been accused of sexual assault, harassment and misconduct by dozens of women, from famous actresses to assistants at his former company, that triggered the #MeToo movement.

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A phrase that was originally coined in 2006 by sexual harassment survivor and activist Tarana Burke, the #MeToo hashtag took off in the wake of allegations against the film executive.

Weinstein, who recently underwent back surgery, is charged in New York with raping a woman in a Manhattan hotel room in 2013 and forcibly performing a sex act on another woman in the city in 2006.

Los Angeles prosecutors charged Weinstein on Monday with sexually assaulting two women there on successive nights during Oscars week in 2013. The 67-year-old has said any sexual activity was consensual.

Asked if the #Metoo movement had gone to far, Ms Rotunno replied: “I do think anything that strips of your right to a fair trial puts you in a circumstance you have to say that it’s gone too far…There was almost a celebrity status that comes with making some kind of a claim against Harvey.”

She added: “I think that band of sisterhood may cloud the true events and facts.”

The New York lawyer told ITV News Correspondent Rebecca Barry she was confident that under cross-examination she would successfully challenge the defence’s case against her client.

Questioned on whether a woman would accuse a man of rape because they’re fame hungry, Ms Rotunno said: “I think to say that women won’t lie is not true. I think women do lie, I think women have lied and that’s the unbelievable benefit of cross examination.”

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Emily Ratajkowski protests Harvey Weinstein settlement agreement with new tattoo

Emily Ratajkowski protested Harvey Weinstein‘s settlement agreement at the ‘Uncut Gems’ premiere on Wednesday (11.12.19).

The 28-year-old actress walked the red carpet in Hollywood in a black sleeveless dress which allowed her to show off the words ‘F**k Harvey’ written on her upper arm, hours after it was revealed he and his former studio have made a “tentative” $25 million agreement with dozens of his sexual misconduct accusers.

And Emily also took to Twitter to object to the news.

She wrote: “So this is what justice looks like in America? #burninhellharvey

“Today Harvey Weinstein and his former studio made a $25 million deal with his victims. Weinstein, accused of offenses ranging from sexual harassment to rape, won’t have to admit wrongdoing or pay his own money. #nojusticenopeace #HarveyWeinstein (sic)”

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The TIME’S UP foundation have branded the settlement decision – which will be paid by Weinstein Company insurance companies and means the 67-year-old producer doesn’t have to admit any wrongdoing – “flawed” but said they hope it will bring “justice and relief” to the alleged victims.

Rebecca Goldman, Chief Operating Officer of TIME’S UP Foundation said: “This settlement is more than a math problem – it’s a symptom of a problematic, broken system that privileges powerful abusers at the expense of survivors.

“While this settlement is flawed, we know it represents the hard work of several survivors of Harvey Weinstein. We hope it brings them, and perhaps others, some small measure of justice and relief that is long overdue.”

The deal still requires approval from the courts and all parties but would bring to an end nearly every lawsuit against the producer.

Meanwhile, Weinstein is also set to appear in court on January 6 on a separate sexual assault and rape trial.

He is facing five charges, including two counts of predatory sexual assault, a criminal sexual act, rape in the first degree and rape in the third degree, which have been brought against him by the Manhattan District Attorney’s office.

He has pleaded not guilty to all the charges.

Why Scarlett Johansson chose Marchesa against the odds

Scarlett Johansson slayed both fans and critics at this year’s Met Gala but her fashion statement, a very bold one indeed, attracted huge criticisms for a few reasons.

The American actress chose an amazingly beautiful burgundy dress, complete with its tulle skirt and an off-shoulder neckline for the star-studded event. She neither expected an applause nor a reaction from boobirds but was sure to get people talking. It was all about her attractive dress from Marchesa.

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Johansson was a center of attraction at the Met Gala for her decision to walk the red carpet in a flowing designer dress from Marchesa, the fashion label co-founded by Georgina Chapman, estranged wife of Harvey Weinstein.

If you don’t know Mr. Harvey, consider him as one of the Hollywood legends – or villain, if that fits. He holds an unofficial record as the “Most Hated Hollywood Personality.”

Only a few celebrities have had the courage to associate themselves with Mr. Harvey since he was publicly accused and sued by women who claimed they were victims of his alleged “uncontrollable urge for sex.” Although lawsuits against the disgraced Hollywood icon are still pending, Johansson remained confident in her choice of fashion outfit saying it was a great pleasure to stand with the brand for that night.

Speaking to E News! on Tuesday night, the 33-year-old movie star said her decision to sport the clothing company was spurred by Marchesa’s ability to inspire confidence in women.

In her words: “I wore Marchesa because their clothes make women feel confident and beautiful…It is my pleasure to support a brand created by two incredibly talented and important female designers.”

Following an increasing social media backlash, Keren Craig (the co-founder of Marchesa) released an appreciative statement thanking Johansson for patronising the popular American fashion brand.

“We are truly honored that Scarlett chose to wear Marchesa for the Met Gala,” Keren wrote.

“She [Johansson] is an amazingly talented actor who has incredible style and presence. It was wonderful to work so closely with her in creating this custom look.”

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Social media critics who lashed out at Johansson did so because the famous actress supports #TimesUp movement. After standing firm with other women against rape, sexual abuse and other forms of sexual misconduct, Johansson angered her loyal fans for being the first to “indirectly connect” with Mr. Harvey at a high-profile event, an act they described as hypocrisy.

“Wow Scarlett Johansson…Marchesa?? Are you serious? Such a thoughtless, problematic person, lest we forget Woody Allen is her favorite person to work with,” a Twitter user posted.

 “Scarlett Johansson (times up supporter) wears a Marchesa dress to the #METGALA18 , marking the first time a Marchesa dress has been worn at a high-profile event since the Weinstein scandal,” another added.

“Marchesa was heavily funded by Weinstein – the catalyst to the @TIMESUPNOW movement.”

“That’s pretty major of her and I hope it’s the end of the icing out of the brand,” another one wrote about Johansson but asked Marchesa critics to remember Keren has no connection with Mr. Harvey.

“Georgina Chapman and Keren Craig are NOT responsible for Harvey Weinstein. Stop punishing them.”

Weinstein did all kinds of unpleasant things to me – Uma Thurman

Harvey Weinstein has fired back at Uma Thurman for counting herself as one of the numerous women suffered from his recklessness, and is threatening legal actions after denying allegations that he “acted rudely.”

Weinstein, 65, responded to Thurman’s claims by releasing pictures he said, shows they shared a “strong relationship.”

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The American film producer and co-founder of Miramax claims he has had a cordial relationship with Thurman over the years, and neither made an “awkward pass” at her nor “misread any signals from her” as she claims.

Following Thurman’s appearance on today’s New York Times publication, Weinstein threatened a lawsuit, and his lawyer, Ben Brafman, says his team is considering the best legal approach.

“Ms. Thurman’s statements to the Times are being carefully examined and investigated before deciding whether any legal action against her would be appropriate,” Brafman said.

There are fears that the threats from Weinstein and his lawyer could be potentially hollow if no less ugly, considering such is a typical response for many of the men accused of sexual misconduct in recent months.

An actual lawsuit, if that ever happens, could put the producer himself into court and under rules of discovery.

Weinstein’s team of publicists have insisted that there was no physical contact during Mr. Weinstein’s “awkward pass,” adding that the accused person is saddened and puzzled as to ‘why’ Ms. Thurman, someone he considers a colleague and a friend, waited 25 years to make these allegations public.

The New York City star also noted that he and Ms. Thurman “have shared a very close and mutually beneficial working relationship where they have made several very successful film projects together.”

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“He used to spend hours talking to me about material and complimenting my mind and validating me. It possibly made me overlook warning signs,” Thurman told Dowd, according to the opinion piece released by NY Times.

She continued: “It was such a bat to the head. He pushed me down. He tried to shove himself on me. He tried to expose himself. He did all kinds of unpleasant things…But he didn’t actually put his back into it and force me. You’re like an animal wriggling away, like a lizard. I was doing anything I could to get the train back on the track. My track. Not his track.”

On the claims from Uma Thurman, here is a press release from Weinstein’s spokesperson Holly K. Baird:

We have pulled a number of images that demonstrate the strong relationship Mr. Weinstein and Ms. Thurman had had over the years and we wish the New York Times would have published them.

Mr. Weinstein acknowledges making an awkward pass 25 years ago at Ms. Thurman in England after misreading her signals, after a flirtatious exchange in Paris, for which he immediately apologized and deeply regrets. However, her claims about being physically assaulted are untrue. And this is the first time we have heard those details.

There was no physical contact during Mr. Weinstein’s awkward pass and Mr. Weinstein is saddened and puzzled as to “why” Ms. Thurman, someone he considers a colleague and a friend, waited 25 years to make these allegations public, noting that he and Ms. Thurman have shared a very close and mutually beneficial working relationship where they have made several very successful film projects together.

This is the first time we are hearing that she considered Mr. Weinstein an enemy and the pictures of their history tell a completely different story.

There will be more are detailed response later from Mr. Weinstein’s attorney, Ben Brafman.

With dozens of sexual harassment lawsuits lined up against Weinstein, the multiple awards winner is scheduled to sit for a deposition in April in his own lawsuit against The Weinstein Company.

Uma Thurman reveals she was a victim of Harvey Weinstein’s sexual molestation

Uma Thurman has made a shocking revelation about her experience with Harvey Weinstein, the alleged sexual predator who prowled in Hollywood for years, shamelessly and fearlessly devouring women and leaving trails of pain and lifetime nightmares in their souls.

During her interview with the New York Times, Thurman showed great strength and courage, an act which has been embraced by dozens of women around the world.

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The Pulp Fiction actress did not only uncover details of the alleged sexual assault from Weinstein, she fulfilled her earlier promise to leave nothing behind during the long-awaited tell-all tale by pointing fingers at her former agency CAA of being “connected to Weinstein’s predatory behavior.”

Although she did not go further in the second part of her speech, Thurman did say that Quentin Tarantino could have done more to protect her from an accident during the making of Kill Bill, after she was forced to drive a car on a sandy twisty road for a scene.

To buttress her point on Quentin’s carelessness, the 47-year-old gave Maureen Dowd (NY Times representative) a footage of the crash.

 

In the article which was posted 3 February and released on today’s print edition, Thurman described being assaulted by an unnamed actor 20 years older than her when she was 16, and she not only details Weinstein’s sexual misconducts toward her, but her lingering memory of staying silent for so long.

It could be said that the Massachusetts-born actress could have come forward with these claims many years ago to save other women from the pains and agony. She understood and bemoaned her inability to make it public, noting that the daunting trauma has always been there.

“The complicated feeling I have about Harvey is how bad I feel about all the women that were attacked after I was,” Thurman said. “I am one of the reasons that a young girl would walk into his room alone, the way I did.”

She continued in her discussions with Dowd. “Quentin used Harvey as the executive producer of ‘Kill Bill,’ a movie that symbolizes female empowerment, and all these lambs walked into slaughter because they were convinced nobody rises to such a position who would do something illegal to you, but they do.”

Weinstein has long denied all allegations from his victims. He claims none of the women were raped, adding that all sex encounters were consensual.

Here’s a snippet of the article:

The first “attack,” she says, came not long after in Weinstein’s suite at the Savoy Hotel in London.

“It was such a bat to the head. He pushed me down. He tried to shove himself on me. He tried to expose himself. He did all kinds of unpleasant things. But he didn’t actually put his back into it and force me. You’re like an animal wriggling away, like a lizard. I was doing anything I could to get the train back on the track. My track. Not his track.”

She was staying in Fulham with her friend, Ilona Herman, Robert De Niro’s longtime makeup artist, who later worked with Thurman on “Kill Bill.”

“The next day to her house arrived a 26-inch-wide vulgar bunch of roses,” Thurman says. “They were yellow. And I opened the note like it was a soiled diaper and it just said, ‘You have great instincts.’” Then, she says, Weinstein’s assistants started calling again to talk about projects.

She thought she could confront him and clear it up, but she took Herman with her and asked Weinstein to meet her in the Savoy bar. The assistants had their own special choreography to lure actresses into the spider’s web and they pressured Thurman, putting Weinstein on the phone to again say it was a misunderstanding and “we have so many projects together.”

Finally she agreed to go upstairs, while Herman waited on a settee outside the elevators.

Once the assistants vanished, Thurman says, she warned Weinstein, “If you do what you did to me to other people you will lose your career, your reputation and your family, I promise you.” Her memory of the incident abruptly stops there.

Through a representative, Weinstein, who is in therapy in Arizona, agreed that “she very well could have said this.”

Downstairs, Herman was getting nervous. “It seemed to take forever,” the friend said.

Finally, the elevator doors opened and Thurman walked out. “She was very disheveled and so upset and had this blank look,” Herman recalled.

“Her eyes were crazy and she was totally out of control. I shoveled her into the taxi and we went home to my house. She was really shaking.” Herman said that when the actress was able to talk again, she revealed that Weinstein had threatened to derail her career.

Angelina Jolie speaks on sexual violence

Hollywood star Angelina Jolie has condemned sexual violence suffered by Rohinya women in war-torn Myanmar’s Rakhine State.

The actress spoke at a UN peace keeping conference, where she called on all stakeholders, including international conflict negotiators, to hasten their intervention for peace and security of lives.

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Image taken Sept., 14, 2017 at the UN Headquarters in New York shows Angelina Jolie and UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres (Image via Reuters)

Jolie’s speech was necessitated by the untold hardship and sufferings experienced by Ronhingya natives since the military’s counter-insurgency. Hundreds of thousands have fled Myanmar and are currently seeking refuge in Bangladesh.

Remarkably, more than 600,000 thousands Rohingya women who escaped to Bangladesh as refugees since fleeing for safety from Buddhist-majority Myanmar are testifying of their sordid rape experiences. Violence has intensified since August and more people are still trapped in the crossfire.

An analysis from a United Nations official described the escalating situation in Myanmar as a case of ethnic cleansing spearheaded by the military. And Jolie, who is a special envoy of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), spoke with a delegation from Bangladesh in faraway Canadian city, Vancouver, from where she called for prompt actions against rapists among Myanmar soldiers.

The 42-year-old filmmaker and humanitarian said plans are underway for her visit to Rohingya victims of sexual violence but gave no further details on the proposed trip. However, she expressed the need to bring all sexual predators to book for their crimes against some vulnerable individual members of the society.

In her keynote address, the Academy Award winner said, ‘We all know that sexual violence is very cheap…even cheaper than a bullet. The effects on victims are long-lasting, destructive and indelible.’

She continued, ‘People might think sexual violence is unrelated to sex and is not a criminal act. They can say it is employed as a weapon in times of war and that no one can do anything about it, but they’re wrong.

‘I admit it is hard to punish the perpetrators, yet, it is not impossible because there are laws and legal institutions to enforce them through proper investigations and trials. The prospects are good since we know the rapists. What we need now is the political will to take a decisive action against them.’

Jolie expressed pain, anger and pity for Rohingya women who media reports say, were victims of organised mass rape and other criminal acts against humanity believed to be a handiwork of Myanmar military officials.

Another United Nations official leveled a case in this regard on Sunday after touring camps in Bangladesh for testimonies and collection of evidence.

Pramila Patten, who represented the UN Secretary-General, Antonio Guterres, spoke  on sexual violence in wartime, noting that she has filed allegations with the International Criminal Court in the Hague against Myanmar military.

Jolie also made reference to the list of sexual harassment scandals rocking many industries, government officials, celebrities and business moguls across different countries. In direct remarks to a publication by The New York Times last October, the famous actress said she suffered a terrible experience from Harvey Weinstein in a hotel room sometime in 1998 and as a result of that incident, rejected numerous offers to work with the Weinstein company.

‘People are suffering these bad experiences everyday. Sexual violence is happening everywhere, even in the movie industry where I work – in business establishments, among politicians, in the military, in our institutions of higher learning, and across the globe,’ the mother-of-six said.

She continued, ‘The worst part of these horrific acts is that it happens too often but is never taken seriously. The nightmarish pains and trauma it brings are sometimes presented as something trivial or treated as a minor offense by the custodians of our laws. How can such acts be seen as an ‘error’ by someone who cannot control his urge? Is it that simple?

‘I shed tears when the suspects decide to blame it on some psychological illness or an extremely high libido. How can it be that a man who rapes women is oversexed? He should face charges for sexual abuse.’

Bangladesh foreign ministry said in an official statement on Sunday that Jolie’s speech was a protest for and on behalf of each and almost every Rohingya female who suffered sexual violence in the hands of Myanmar military.

Bangladesh Prime Minister, Sheikh Hasina, said on Wednesday that her country would surely overcome all hurdles against its efforts to bring an end to the crisis in Ronhinya, and called on the international community to continue doling out support.

‘I am optimistic that despite the mountainous challenges, a peaceful resolution will be reached by all parties in the war. This can only be achieved with help from the international community,’ she noted.

Read Rose McGowan’s powerful speech at the first annual Women’s Convention.

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Rose McGowan took a bold step, after 20 good years, by going public with her sexual assault tales against The Weinsteins co-founder Harvey Weinstein, and her recent speech at the inaugural Women’s Convention was a clarion call for women empowerment.

Rose, addressed an excited crowd of “Me Toos” at the event held on Friday in Detroit, where she earned an applause for helping bust Harvey by encouraging other abused women to speak up in the media.

“My name is Rose McGowan, and I am brave — and I am you,” she started in the highly emotional speech.

The activist, producer and actress, then thanked her “fabulous, strong, powerful” #RoseArmy supporters.

“I have been silenced for 20 years. I have been slut-shamed. I have been harassed,” she continued.

“I have been maligned. And you know what? I’m just like you. Because what happened to me behind the scenes happens to all of us in this society. And that cannot stand, and it will not stand.

“We are free. We are strong. We are one massive, collective voice — that is what #RoseArmy is about,” she added.

“No more will we be shunted to the side. No more will we be hurt. It’s time to be whole. It’s time to rise. It’s time to be brave.

“In the face of unspeakable actions from one monster,” she refused to mention Harvey’s name for the shiver it sends down her spine, we look away to another — the head monster of all, right now — and they are the same. And they must die. It is time. The paradigm must be subverted.”

Rose also called on all women, within and outside the entertainment industry, to unite and forge a diverse representation behind the camera, The Los Angeles Times reported.

“Hollywood may seem like it’s an isolated thing, but it is not. It is the messaging system for your mind,” she said.

“It is the mirror that you’re given to look into. This is what you are as a woman. This is what you are as a man. This is what you are as a boy, girl, gay, straight, transgender, but it’s all told through 96% males in the Directors Guild of America.

“I know the men behind that view. They shouldn’t be in your mind and they shouldn’t be in mind. It’s time to clean house,” she said.

The popular actress has featured in several films, including “Planet Terror,” “Scream,” “Jawbreaker,” and “Charmed,” an early 2000s TV series.

The New York Times’ investigations uncovered that Mr. Harvey Weinstein paid a financial settlement of $100,000 to McGowan in 1997 over an incident in a hotel room during the Sundance Film Festival in Utah.

Harvey Weinstein: The Long Journey from Grace to Grass.

Harvey, who has gone for rehab, said through his representative Sallie Hofmeister that none of his sexual relationships with the women were non-consensual sex.

Police in London, Los Angeles and New York are investigating the 65-year-old producer and co-founder of Miramax.

Harvey Weinstein: The Long Journey from Grace to Grass.

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.”

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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.

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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.