WESTPORT, Conn. — in a blistering 3,500-word story, the New York Times detailed nearly three decades of sexual harassment complaints, cases and settlements involving movie mogul Harvey Weinstein, who has a home in Westport.
And the powerful filmmaker, who won an Academy Award for producing "Shakespeare in Love," isn't actually denying 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 not 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."
Weinstein is taking a leave of absence, but his lawyer is also threatening a lawsuit.
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