Executive, HR - Hollywood Mogul Sacked
Seven days ago, the idea the Hollywood heavyweight Harvey Weinstein getting fired from his own company would have been unthinkable.
But a bombshell report in the New York Times that detailed years of alleged sexual harassment has brought down even the mightiest of moguls.
"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," read a statement from the Weinstein Co. board. Harvey's brother and TWC co-chairman Bob Weinstein will run the production company alongside president/COO David Glasser.
The "new information" included the Times story of decades of sexual harassment of female employees and actresses, including Ashley Judd. Weinstein also allegedly reached financial settlements with eight women, including actress Rose McGowan. Even as the Weinstein Company board secluded itself into emergency meetings on how to handle the revelations, another woman - TV news reporter Lauren Sivan - went public about an incident a decade ago in which Weinstein masturbated in front of her in a hallway at the Cafe Socialista restaurant in New York.
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The reaction to Weinstein's firing has been a mix of elation and caution. Rose McGowan praised the New York Times reporters who broke the story, and asked, "What about Bob?" referring to Bob Weinstein and insinuating that there's another shoe to drop. Guardians of the Galaxy director James Gunn said, "If even 1/10th of the stories about Harvey Weinstein are true (and I believe they are), then good f**king riddance. That s**t's gotta stop."
But the biggest names have stayed silent, mindful of role the Weinsteins have played turning indie films like Clerks, Pulp Fiction, and Good Will Hunting into legitimate blockbusters, and scoring numerous Oscar nominations and best-picture wins for films such as The English Patient and Chicago. It's entirely possible that Harvey Weinstein might rise again.