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Westport Filmmaker Harvey Weinstein Fired Amid Sexual Harassment Scandal

Award-wining movie producer Harvey Weinstein is accused of sexually harassing female employees and actresses for years in a New York Times story.
Award-wining movie producer Harvey Weinstein is accused of sexually harassing female employees and actresses for years in a New York Times story. Photo Credit: Wikimedia Commons

WESTPORT, Conn. — Harvey Weinstein, who has a home in Westport, has been fired by his own company just days after the New York Times published a blistering account of decades of the movie mogul's sexual harassment of actresses, employees and others.

The Weinstein Co.'s board of directors voted Sunday to remove Weinstein, leaving control to his brother, Bob Weinstein, and chief operating officer David Glasser.

“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,” the statement says.

The New York Times detailed nearly three decades of sexual harassment complaints, cases and settlements involving Weinstein.

And the powerful filmmaker, who won an Academy Award for producing "Shakespeare in Love," didn't deny the story.

The story includes interviews with many current and former employees from Miramax and the Weinstein Co. Weinstein is accused of sexual harassment, inappropriate behavior and unwanted physical contact with employees and actresses, including Ashley Judd and Rose McGowan. The story says he has paid money to settle cases with at least eight women over the years.

Weinstein has offices in Tribeca and lives mostly in Manhattan, but he is known to conduct business from hotels around the world, where many of the incidents occurred the New York Times story says.

In 2012, Weinstein hosted a glitzy $35,800 per person fundraiser at his home on Beachside Avenue in Westport for then-President Barack Obama's re-election campaign.

Westport does not appear in the story, and the Westport Police Department told the Westport News that it has never received a complaint about Weinstein nor investigated him.

In a statement to Times, Weinstein says, in part, "I came of age in the '60s and '70s, 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."

Click here to read the story at the New York Times.

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