Producer Harvey Weinstein fired over sexual harassment claims


Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein was fired from the film company he co-founded after a New York Times investigation detailed numerous incidents of alleged sexual harassment by the media mogul.

Weinstein had faced many sexual harassment accusations spanning decades.

The remaining board of directors at The Weinstein Company said night that the decision was made in light of new information about misconduct by Harvey Weinstein that has emerged in the past few days, reports CNN.

Producer Harvey Weinstein fired over sexual harassment claims

Weinstein's brother Robert was one of the board members who made the decision.

"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," a statement from the company said.

According to the New York Times, three other board directors resigned as the Weinstein scandal became international news.

According to the Times expose, the powerful film producer had faced many accusations of sexual harassment spanning decades. He reached at least eight settlements with women between 1990 and 2015.

Actress Ashley Judd was among the accusers who spoke to the Times for the story. When the story came out on September 5, Weinstein denied some of the allegations, but also admitted that he had behaved improperly at times during his career. He apologised for causing pain.

The Weinstein Company has seen success with films like Silver Linings Playbook, The King's Speech and Django Unchained. Its most recent films include Lion, Gold and Wind River.

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