Sexual Assualts - Harvey Weinstein to take leave amid sexual harassment report / Harvey Weinstein has been fired from The Weinstein Co., effective immediately, following new information revealed regarding his conduct / Harvey Weinstein expelled from Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences / London police investigating Kevin Spacey allegations
HARVEY WEINSTEIN TO TAKE LEAVE AMID SEXUAL HARASSMENT REPORT
Harvey Weinstein, the larger-than-life Hollywood executive and Oscar-winner, is taking a leave of absence from his own company after an explosive expose revealing decades of sexual harassment against women, from employees to actress Ashley Judd, was published in The New York Times on October 5th 2017.
The article includes first person accounts of Weinstein's alleged conduct, including from Judd, who recounts an incident from two decades ago in which she said she was asked to meet Weinstein in his hotel room. Weinstein greeted her wearing a bathrobe and asked her if she would give him a massage or watch him shower, the paper reported.
"Women have been talking about Harvey amongst ourselves for a long time, and it's simply beyond time to have the conversation publicly," Judd told the Times.
Two company officials tell the Times that at least eight women have received settlements from Weinstein over the years, including actress Rose McGowan, who allegedly had an incident with him in 1997 when she was 23.
Weinstein's attorney Charles J. Harder said in a statement that the story is "saturated with false and defamatory statements about Harvey Weinstein."
"We sent the Times the facts and evidence, but they ignored it and rushed to publish," Harder said. He did not respond to questions about what specific allegations Weinstein was contesting.
Requests for comment from The Weinstein Co. and Judd were not immediately returned.
Weinstein had a powerful perch in Hollywood for three decades, and was known for producing films like "Pulp Fiction" and "Shakespeare in Love," for which he won an Oscar, and launching careers of actresses and directors with his company
Miramax, which he ran with his brother Bob Weinstein. In 2005, they launched a new production company, The Weinstein Company. His often aggressive tactics were chronicled in the Peter Biskind book "Down and Dirty Pictures."
"I appreciate the way I've behaved with colleagues in the past has caused a lot of pain, and I sincerely apologize for it," Weinstein said in a statement. "Though I'm trying to do better, I know I have a long way to go."
His statement did not address any specific incidents.
Weinstein has been married to designer Georgina Chapman since 2007, they have two children together. He has three children from his previous marriage.
HARVEY WEINSTEIN FIRED FROM THE WEINSTEIN COMPANY
Film producer Harvey Weinstein has been fired from The Weinstein Co., effective immediately, following new information revealed regarding his conduct, the company's board of directors announced on October 8th 2017).
Weinstein had previously voluntarily taken a leave of absence following decades of sexual harassment allegations detailed on October 5th 2017 in a New York Times expose. The board on on October 6th endorsed that decision. But it went further Sunday, removing Weinstein from the company he co-founded.
In a statement, the board cited "new information" about Weinstein's conduct that has emerged in the past few days. An attorney for Weinstein didn't immediately comment.
A spokesperson for The Weinstein Co. declined to provide details on Weinstein's firing.
The New York Times article chronicled allegations against Weinstein from film star Ashley Judd and former employees at both The Weinstein Co. and Weinstein's former company, Miramax, over the course of several decades. The report made an enormous impact felt throughout the movie industry and elsewhere.
Harvey Weinstein on October 5th issued a lengthy statement that acknowledged causing "a lot of pain." He also asked for "a second chance." But Weinstein and his lawyers have criticized the New York Times' report in statements and interviews.
"We are confident in the accuracy of our reporting," said a New York Times spokesperson in a statement. "Mr. Weinstein was aware and able to respond to specific allegations in our story before publication. In fact, we published his response in full."
Harvey Weinstein expelled from Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences
Disgraced movie mogul Harvey Weinstein's membership in the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has been revoked by its board.
The decision was reached on October 15th in an emergency session.
It comes after recent reports by The New York Times and The New Yorker that revealed sexual harassment and rape allegations against Weinstein going back decades.
The move by the Academy is virtually unprecedented.
The Academy is the world's top movie organisation and is home to the Oscars.
In a brief statement, the Academy said it sends a message that "sexually predatory behavior" in the film industry is over.
Weinstein was ousted a week ago from The Weinstein Co., the movie and TV production company he co-founded and which now is struggling to survive this scandal.
He has denied the accusations.
SPACEY APOLOGIZES AFTER ACTOR ACCUSES HIM OF PAST HARASSMENT
Kevin Spacey said on October 29th he was "beyond horrified" by allegations that he made sexual advances on a teen boy decades ago.
The two-time Oscar winner posted on Twitter that he doesn't remember the encounter.
"But if I did behave then as he describes, I owe him the sincerest apology for what would have been deeply inappropriate drunken behaviour, and I am sorry for the feelings he describes having carried with him all these years," he said.
In an interview with BuzzFeed, actor Anthony Rapp said Spacey befriended him while they both performed on Broadway shows.
Rapp was 14 when he attended a party at Spacey's apartment in 1986, he said.
At the end of the night, an inebriated Spacey picked him up, placed him on his bed, and climbed on top of him, Rapp said.
Rapp said the 26-year-old was holding him down tightly, but he was able to get away and left the apartment.
Spacey, who is now 58, spoke publicly about his sexual orientation for the first time on Sunday on Twitter.
"As those closest to me know, in my life I have had relationships with both men and women," he said. "I have loved and had romantic encounters with men throughout my life, and I choose now to live as a gay man."
Spacey, who has fiercely protected his private life, had never disclosed his sexuality before but said Rapp's story encouraged him to speak.
"I want to deal with this honestly and openly and that starts with examining my own behavior," he said.
London police are investigating an alleged 2008 sexual assault reportedly linked to Kevin Spacey.
Police on November 3rd did not identify Spacey by name but said the department's child abuse and sexual offences unit is investigating the reported assault after it was referred to police two days ago.
British media including The Sun reported Spacey was the subject of the investigation.
Police released a statement saying it was investigating a 2008 assault in Lambeth. The statement noted police do not identify people who may or may not be subject to investigation.
Asked whether police were investigating Spacey, a spokesman asked for details about the alleged incident and then provided the statement.
London police policy in cases like this is not to respond to questions about individuals but to respond to questions about incidents.
Spacey has not been arrested or charged with any crime. His publicist did not immediately return an email message seeking comment.
REPORT: UK POLICE INVESTIGATING 2ND SPACEY SEX-ASSAULT CLAIM
British media say police are investigating a second allegation of sexual assault against actor Kevin Spacey.
London's Metropolitan Police force says it has received a complaint "of sexual assaults against a man" in 2005.
The force didn't identify Spacey as the alleged perpetrator. British police don't name suspects until they are charged.
But it said the same man was accused Nov. 1 of another assault in 2008. The suspect in that case has been widely named in British media as Spacey.
The Oscar-winning actor led London's Old Vic Theatre between 2004 and 2015.
The new allegation was made to police a day after the Old Vic said it had received 20 claims of inappropriate behavior by Spacey and had encouraged many complainants to go to the police.