You know you messed up big time when you’re forced out of the company you created. Harvey Weinstein has been fired from the independent film company he co-founded, which helped produce Oscar-nominated films like Lion, The Hateful Eight, and Silver Linings Playbook.
The Weinstein Company’s board of directors voted to remove Weinstein from the studio, leaving control of the business to his brother, Bob Weinstein.
The company released the standard statement you see below…
“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.”
Of course, this is coming a little too late. They’re only firing him now because the sexual harassment allegations went public. There were always rumors surrounding Harvey, and it seemed like everyone in Hollywood knew he was a sleazeball, so it’s not like these allegations came out of nowhere.
In Harvey’s “apology,” he talked about how he came of age in the 60’s and 70’s, when the rules surrounding workplace behavior were different, but that excuse doesn’t make much sense. It’s not like he simply slapped an ass or two.
He was genuinely creepy. Former Fox News reporter, Lauren Sivan, revealed Harvey once masturbated in front of her after cornering her inside a restaurant. And on Sunday, freelance writer Liza Campbell said the 65-year-old creep asked her to jump in a bath with him when she showed up at his hotel for a business meeting.
It doesn’t matter when you came of age, that behavior has never been acceptable.