On Sunday, The Weinstein Company reported that its board of directors had fired Harvey Weinstein amid growing exposure of alleged sexual misconduct in the course of business.
The independent film studio founded by brothers Harvey and Bob—and responsible for such hits as Silver Linings Playbook, Scream, and Django Unchained—released a statement to Fox News:
“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.”
Left-wing Weinstein—who recently blamed his mounting problems on a right-wing conspiracy—is now persona non grata thanks to fellow-left publication The New York Times, which reported on the countless allegations hurled at the producer from past and present employees, among them--oddly--admitted “nasty woman” Ashley Judd. Apparently, post-Women’s March, Judd is considerably less nasty, having claimed that Weinstein once made her supremely uncomfortable during a hotel meeting which led the actress to question, “How do I get out of the room as fast as possible without alienating Harvey Weinstein?”
Furthermore, according to the Times, Weinstein paid off at least eight women in an attempt to keep the news of his sexual harrassment quiet.
“I bear responsibility for my actions, but the reason I am suing is because of the Times’ inability to be honest with me, and their reckless reporting…[They] had a deal with us that they would tell us about the people they had on the record in the story, so we could respond appropriately, but they didn’t live up to the bargain…[They were] so fearful they were going to be scooped by New York Magazine and they would lose the story, that they went ahead and posted the story filled with reckless reporting, and without checking all they had with me and my team.”
Weinstein claimed the newspaper had based their story entirely on an accusatory 2014 memo by colleague Lauren O’Connor. “The Times used that entire memo…but in reality it was withdrawn two days after it was written. O’Connor withdrew her complaint, and withdrew her claims made in the memo,” he insisted.
The litany of accusations of sexual impropriety comes from actresses, models, former assistants, as well as others who have reportedly received settlements from Weinstein through the years. Most have spoken on the condition of anonymity.
Since 2000, Harvey Weinstein has donated almost $1 million to left-wing causes, including $305,149 to the Democratic National Committee.