Hollywood scandal: Harvey Weinstein forced to resign following sexual harassment claims

By Kalendra Withana.

Oscar winning film producer Harvey Weinstein has been sacked by the board of his company due to a string of sexual harassment claims which date back to over the course of several decades. These accusations were publicly displayed in a New York Times exposé

Weinstein himself is a global icon and is characterised as being ‘one of the most powerful men in Hollywood’. The producer is the co-founder of Miramax and Weinstein company productions and also played a stellar role in the making of iconic films such as ‘The King’s Speech’ and ‘Shakespeare in Love’.

Following the allegations, the 65 year-old took a voluntarily leave of absence and initially apologised for his actions, stating:

"The way I've behaved with colleagues in the past has caused a lot of pain, and I sincerely apologise for it." He moreover blamed his actions on the 'workplace culture' of the 60s and 70s.

More recently however, it has been reported that Weinstein is now seeking to take total legal action against his claims.

The producer’s lawyer, Lisa Bloom, conveyed that Weinstein believes that the sexual harassment claims are “patently false”. In providing a further defence, Ms Bloom stated: "He has acknowledged mistakes he has made,"

"He is reading books and going to therapy. He is an old dinosaur learning new ways”, she added.

However on Saturday, Ms Bloom issued a tweet stating that she will no longer continue to represent Weinstein.

As well as this, following Weinstein's sack, the producer's company declared the 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".

TV presenter Lauren Sivan is amongst the list of women that Weinstein had displayed sexual misconduct towards. In her accusation, Sivan described how the producer cornered her in a Manhattan restaurant ten years ago.

It has been reported that when the TV presenter refused to engage with Weinstein, the 65-year old replied: "Well, can you just stand there and shut up" and then went onto perform a sexual act in front of her.

Actress Rose McGowan, another icon that Weinstein had sexually harassed, informed The Hollywood Reporter: "Men in Hollywood need to change ASAP,"

"Hollywood's power is dying because society has changed and grown, and yet Hollywood male behaviour has not", she added.

Furthermore, US President Donald Trump had commented on Weinstein's illegitimate affairs, claiming that he is "not at all surprised" by the producer's actions after claiming to have known him for a "long time".

As for the future of The Weinstein Company, it has been reported that Harvey Weinstein's forced resignation grants his brother Bob Weinstein and chief operating officer David Glasser authoritative ownership of the company.

Sources - BBC, Sky News, The Guardian

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