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Harvey Weinstein Taking Leave of Absence After Acknowledging Sexual Harrassment Allegations

October 5, 2017 | Posted by Jeremy Thomas
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Weinstein Company co-founder Harvey Weinstein is taking a leave of absence following multiple allegations of sexual harassment. The New York Times reports that Weinstein acknowledged, in a vague way, a series of allegations dating back over twenty years. The allegations were previously undisclosed and uncovered through an investigation by the Times.

Among the allegations are one by Ashley Judd, which allegedly happened two decades ago while she was shooting Kill The Girls. Judd said that she was invited up to his room at the Peninsula Beverly Hills hotel for what she thought would be a casting meeting, only to find him in a bathrobe. He then asked he could give her a massage or she could watch him shower. She said she remembered thinking, “How do I get out of the room as fast as possible without alienating Harvey Weinstein?”

Several women who have worked at Miramax or Weinstein over the years have come forward, as well as . The report says that Weinstein has reached at least eight settlements with women over the years, most recently with an Italian model. Among those settlements was Rose McGowan, who reached a $100,000 settlement according to the report. McGowan declined to comment for the story.

While Weinstein’s lawyer has patently denied the allegations, Weinstein released a statement which included the following: “I came of age in the 60’s and 70’s, when all the rules about behavior and workplaces were different. That was the culture then. I have since learned it’s not an excuse, in the office – or out of it. To anyone. I realized some time ago that I needed to be a better person and my interactions with the people I work with have changed. I appreciate the way I’ve behaved with colleagues in the past has caused a lot of pain, and I sincerely apologize for it.”

It continues, “Though I’m trying to do better, I know I have a long way to go. That is my commitment. My journey now will be to learn about myself and conquer my demons. Over the last year I’ve asked Lisa Bloom to tutor me and she’s put together a team of people. I’ve brought on therapists and I plan to take a leave of absence from my company and to deal with this issue head on. I so respect all women and regret what happened. I hope that my actions will speak louder than words and that one day we will all be able to earn their trust and sit down together with Lisa [Bloom, Weinstein’s attorney] to learn more. Jay Z wrote in 4:44 “I’m not the man I thought I was and I better be that man for my children.” The same is true for me. I want a second chance in the community but I know I’ve got work to do to earn it. I have goals that are now priorities. Trust me, this isn’t an overnight process. I’ve been trying to do this for 10 years and this is a wake-up call. I cannot be more remorseful about the people I hurt and I plan to do right by all of them.”

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