Harvey Weinstein Officially Fired in Light of New Allegations – Vanity Fair
Three days after a detailed New York Times exposé in which Ashley Judd and several others levied accusations of sexual harassment against him, and one day after his attorney Lisa Bloom resigned, Harvey Weinstein has been fired by the board of The Weinstein Company.
Weinstein was already on leave from the production company that shares his name, while its board had hired an outside firm to investigate the allegations of sexual misconduct. Sunday night after a third of the board resigned and prominent Democrats began donating Weinstein’s financial contributions to charity, the company officially cut Weinstein loose.
CNN reports that the producer’s own brother, Bob, was among the remaining board members who decided to cut ties. The board’s statement on the matter was unambiguous: “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.”
The decision came “in light of new information about misconduct by Harvey Weinstein that has emerged in the past few days.” In addition to the Times report, Ronan Farrow has also reportedly been working “for approximately a year” on an article on Weinstein for The New Yorker. Farrow was publicly soliciting information, presumably for that piece, as recently as Thursday. The company likely also weighed public opinion, as Hollywood power players (very) slowly but surely begin to take a public stand against Weinstein.