BREAKING: Harvey Weinstein has been fired.
The Weinstein Company announced Sunday that its directors have fired its founder, Harvey Weinstein.
The end of the road for Weinstein comes days after The New York Times reported that the movie icon had settled sexual harassment lawsuits with at least eight women.
Fox News reported that they received a statement from The Weinstein Company’s board of representatives Sunday. The statement reads: “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.”
Among the women harassed by Weinstein over the past three decades, is liberal actress Ashley Judd. She alleged that the movie producer lured her to his hotel room. When she arrived he was wearing a bathrobe and requesting sexual favors from her.
Weinstein, who is considered a movie-making genius, has been under fire since the article surfaced. He has lost support in great numbers, as those who are closest to him have kept their distance this week.
Weinstein’s lawyer Lisa Bloom resigned on Saturday. His close advisor Lanny Davis also resigned, as did nearly one-third of the Weinstein Company’s board.
It is being reported that Weinstein’s brother, Bob Weinstein, and the company’s chief operating officer, David Glasser have been pushing for his firing. Both men are now in control of the company.
Weinstein’s troubles also hindered his influence with DC lawmakers.
Some Democrats, including Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and Sen. Elizabeth Warren, have re-gifted the money they had received as a donation from Weinstein to charity.
Weinstein, who is an avid Trump-hater and gun control advocate, made 13 trips to the White House during the Obama years. In fact, Michelle Obama praised Weinstein on more than one occasion.
Weinstein released a statement in response to the allegations when the Times story was published.
“I came of age in the 60’s and 70’s, when all the rules about behavior and workplaces were different. That was the culture then. I have since learned it’s not an excuse, in the office – or out of it. To anyone. I realized some time ago that I needed to be a better person and my interactions with the people I work with have changed. I appreciate the way I’ve behaved with colleagues in the past has caused a lot of pain, and I sincerely apologize for it…”
He then announced in the days after that he was intending to file a lawsuit against the New York Times for $50 million in damages.
Amid his troubles this week, Weinstein vowed to make more films, specifically against the NRA and President Trump. He claimed his films would send Trump and the NRA leader into early retirement. Looks like it’s Weinstein who will end up retiring first.
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