AceShowbiz - Harvey Weinstein is terminated from The Weinstein Company amid sexual harassment allegations against him. The remaining members of the Board of Directors of the company made the decision at a meeting held on Sunday afternoon, October 8.
TWC said in a statement, "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."
In an emergency meeting held in New York on Thursday, Weinstein insisted that he maintain a path to return to the company after agreeing to an indefinite leave of absence. He traveled from NY to Los Angeles this weekend to fight for his job as numerous members of the board of directors formerly loyal to Harvey Weinstein reportedly quit in disgust. The remaining members of the board asked him to resign, but he refused to do it. They offered to compensate him, which he also declined. So they fired him.
TWC is now being run by his brother and TWC co-chairman Bob Weinstein alongside president/COO David Glasser.
His termination comes on the heels of the New York Times' article which detailed "Decades of Sexual Harassment Accusations Against Harvey Weinstein." One of the alleged victims was Ashley Judd, who said that she was invited to the Peninsula Beverly Hills hotel for what she expected to be a business breakfast meeting some 20 years ago. Instead of having breakfast, he had her sent up to his room, where he appeared in a bathrobe and asked if he could give her a massage or she could watch him shower.
The paper also reported that over the span of nearly 30 years, Weinstein reached at least eight settlements with various women. One of them was allegedly Rose McGowan. Responding to the bombshell accusations, the "Charmed" alum tweeted on Friday, "Women fight on. And to the men out there, stand up. We need you as allies. #bebrave." She added, "Anyone who does business with __ is complicit. And deep down you know you are even dirtier. Cleanse yourselves."
In his response, Weinstein said he "bears responsibility" for his past bad behavior and promised to be a better person. He, however, slammed the Times for its "reckless reporting." He claimed the Times made the story based on a 2014 memo written by employee Lauren O'Connor, "but in reality it was withdrawn two days after it was written."