Just days after The New York Times broke a story detailing allegations of Hollywood movie-mogul Harvey Weinstein’s egregious treatment of women, Weinstein has been ousted from the company he created. The board of directors at The Weinstein Company fired Weinstein, citing “new information about misconduct by Harvey Weinstein that has emerged in the past few days.”
CNN is reporting that “Weinstein’s brother Robert, who goes by Bob, was one of the board members who made the decision.”
The statement was direct. “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,” it read.
There had been other board members, but three others reportedly resigned on Friday, when news of the allegations broke. The other board members had originally argued for keeping Weinstein on board, and allowing him the chance to seek therapy and atone for his mistakes. They argued for an extended leave.
“Next steps will depend on Harvey’s therapeutic progress, the outcome of the Board’s independent investigation, and Harvey’s own personal decisions,” their initial assessments read.
Two days later, though, and the assessment has changed. Many in the industry who work with the Weinstein Company threatened to boycott if Weinstein wasn’t removed. And the allegations, once the original story broke, kept mounting.
The Times article claimed Weinstein had reached at least eight settlements with women between 1990 and 2015. Part of these settlements, it is believed, was an agreement to keep silent about the suits.
As more and more women came forward, Weinstein issued a statement. “I cannot be more remorseful about the people I hurt and I plan to do right by all of them,” Weinstein said.
Now that he’s no longer employed by the Weinstein Company, he has plenty of time to devote to that atonement.
It is impossible to underplay Weinstein’s role in Hollywood. Harvey and Robert Weinstein co-founded Miramax, a studio that brought indie films into the mainstream. When Disney purchased Miramax, the brothers moved to form a new company under their own moniker.