Is Harvey Weinstein leaving Hollywood amid the bombshell allegation of decades worth of sexual harassment? A media outlet thinks so as “victims” gradually speak out against the film studio executive.
It was quite a shock after the New York Times reported about the accusations against the 65-year-old producer brought about by actress Ashley Judd and several of Weinstein’s lady employees.
According to the report, Judd recalled how the studio executive invited her in what she thought to be a business breakfast meeting at the Peninsula Beverly Hills hotel. Much to her surprise, Weinstein sent her up to his room where he allegedly offered to give her a massage or watch him shower.
On top of that, a number of female employees from his company recalled the same horrific experience with slightly different circumstances, finally calling out Weinstein for his alleged misconduct.
Now, it looks like Harvey Weinstein might be leaving Hollywood soon as Variety noted how his case might yield similar results from scandals involving Bill Cosby, Bill O’Reilly, and Roger Ailes.
According to the outlet, the New York Times report will just be the first of many similar scandalous revelations about the Miramax Films co-founder as “the noose has been tightening for years” around him. Apparently, employees of The Weinstein Company have been facing difficulties working for him not only because of the threat of bankruptcy for several movie flops.
And while Weinstein may wave his money to deal with women accusing him of sexual harassment to avoid further damage to the company, it appears as though the piece from the Times has become an opening for critics to stand against him and might actually force him out of Hollywood.
In fact, Brie Larson and Judd Apatow are not standing down despite many celebrities remaining mum about the explosive report on the Miramax founder. On Twitter, the Hollywood personalities are taking a stand against sexual harassers in the industry.
While they did not mention Harvey Weinstein in their respective tweets, both actor and actress clearly indicated that they condemn the actions he is accused of.
Lena Dunham also joined the group in calling out the film mogul’s questionable actions.
After the report of his alleged sexual harassment, the 65-year-old award-winning film producer will reportedly take a leave of absence from his company, per a report from the Associated Press.
Based on the report, Weinstein’s lawyer, Charles J. Harder, claimed that the New York Times article was “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.”
In response, the New York Times stood by their report and clarified that the Miramax co-founder had been informed of the allegations and that they had “published his response in full.”
Even so, Weinstein will still file a lawsuit against the New York Times, as reported by CNN.
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