Harvey Weinstein ousted as CEO

Hollywood producer’s ties with The Weinstein Company are severed after ‘new information’ emerged, directors say.

Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein, who produced many Oscar nominated dramas including “Pulp Fiction” and “Gangs of New York” has been fired from his post. The 65-year old  producer who is best known as co-founder of Miramax was placed voluntary leave of absence after a slew of sexual harassment allegations emerged last week in a New York Times piece. The board on Friday endorsed that decision at the time but went further on Sunday, removing Weinstein from the company he co-founded.

Last week, it was alleged that Weinstein had reached at least eight settlements with women he had sexually harassed, and that he would invite women to his hotel room under the guise of work and then greet them naked or ask them to massage him or watch him shower.

Among Weinstein’s accusers are the actors Ashley Judd and Rose McGowan, with the latter allegedly reaching a $100,000 settlement over an incident of misconduct that happened when she was starring in “Scream.”

Weinstein has expressed regret, saying “I own my mistakes”, but his lawyers say he also denies many of the allegations made against him.

In a recent interview with Page Six, Weinstein said, “I am going to fix myself, I am going to fix how I deal with women and how I deal with my temper and power … I came of age in the 60s and 70s, when all the rules about behavior and workplaces were different.”

Attorney Lisa Bloom, who had been advising Weinstein, announced on Saturday she was resigning and did not comment further. The high-profile women’s rights attorney faced significant backlash for her decision to represent the movie producer. She had initially called him an “old dinosaur learning new ways”, adding, “I have been blunt with Harvey and he has listened to me.”

Charles Harder, another attorney representing Weinstein, released a statement after the Times investigation was published saying he planned to file suit against the paper, alleging that the story was “saturated with false and defamatory statements” and relied “on mostly hearsay accounts and a faulty report”. The Times has stood by its reporting.

The board’s statement on Sunday did not elaborate on the “new information about misconduct” that prompted the termination.

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