Harvey Weinstein Fired By Own Company Over Sex Harassment Claims
(JTA) — The movie production firm started by Harvey Weinstein fired him following sexual harassment allegations by several women, including Hollywood actress Ashley Judd.
The Weinstein Company’s directors announced the co-founder’s dismissal Sunday, citing “new information about misconduct” by Weinstein’s who founded the firm in 2005.
Last week, the New York Times published an article alleging that Weinstein, who is Jewish, had harassed Judd and Rose McGowan, another Hollywood actress, as well as many other female talents and employees over decades.
After the report was published, Weinstein, 65, issued a statement in which he said he’ll “take a leave of absence” from his production firm, The Weinstein Company, and “spend more time with a therapist.”
But the Weinstein Company Board of Representatives said in a statement Sunday that Harvey Weinstein’s employment “is terminated, effective immediately.”
Despite admitting to “some responsibility” for behavior that brought on the complaints, Weinsten also said that the Times’ report is rife with inaccuracies and that he plans to sue the paper for $50 million, the New York Post reported.