Harvey Weinstein fired from the Weinstein Company after sexual harassment allegations

Harvey Weinstein
The Weinstein Company has fired its co-founder Harvey Weinstein, after a New York Times investigation uncovered allegations that he had engaged in several accounts of sexual harassment.

The statement announcing the decision said it had been made “in light of new information about misconduct by Harvey Weinstein that has emerged in the past few days.”

“His employment with the Weinstein Company is terminated, effective immediately.”

In an interview, Lance Maerov, one of the four board members of The Weinstein Company, said new information had come to light whereby Mr. Weinstein had breached the company’s code of conduct.

Maerov would not specify what the violation was, but revealed that Weinstein had been notified of his termination via email on Sunday night.

Since the announcement, fresh allegations have come to light against the Hollywood mogul, who had initially blamed his actions on “being around in the 60s and 70s, where workplaces were different”.

Allegations against Weinstein include asking a British journalist to have a bath with him at his hotel when she arrived for a business meeting, and cornering a former Fox News reporter in the basement of a restaurant and proceeding to masturbate in front of her.

After being criticised in the press for their silence over three decades of allegations, Hollywood stars are beginning to speak out against Harvey Weinstein.

Speaking out about the allegations, Lena Dunham took to Twitter:

“Not only was the report horrifying, it made clear how hard it is to come forward and the complicity of so many. Unfortunately this is not an isolated incident.

This needs to end, and it’s high time Hollywood shone a light on itself and made real changes in the behavior we accept from those in power.

If you agree (and I think you do) I hope you’ll share the story. By lifting these women up, we change this age old story for them and for everyone.”

It’s believed that his brother Bob Weinstein, and Chief Operating Officer David Glasser will lead the company now that Harvey Weinstein’s employment has been terminated.

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