Movie mogul Harvey Weinstein is responsible for some of our favorite films. However, according to a new New York Times exposé, he may also be responsible for the pain and suffering of many starlets in Hollywood. Stunning new claims made on Oct. 5 insist that Harvey’s alleged rampant sexual harassment may be the industry’s best-kept secret. Here’s everything you need to know about the appalling drama.
Harvey’s wife Georgina Chapman has announced that she is leaving him.
Initial reports indicated that Georgina Chapman seemed determined to stand by her husband. However, that is no longer the case. “My heart breaks for all the women who have suffered tremendous pain because of these unforgivable actions,” she told People. “I have chosen to leave my husband. Caring for my young children is my first priority and I ask the media for privacy at this time.”
Ashley Judd and Emily Nestor claimed Harvey harassed them.
In the horrifying exposé, Ashley reveals that 20 years ago, when she was just 29, Harvey allegedly invited her to his hotel for a business meeting. Instead, she says that he was wearing a bathrobe, and told her to watch him shower. “How do I get out of the room as fast as possible without alienating Harvey Weinstein?” mused Ashley in the interview, afraid to hurt her career by denying one of the most powerful men in film.
Just two years ago, in 2014, Harvey was reportedly still harassing his subordinates. He allegedly extended a similar invitation to Emily Nestor, a young temp employee. She says he told her if she had sexual relations with him, he would help her find success. One of Harvey’s former employees, Lauren O’Connor, recently called him out in a memo to execs, saying “there is a toxic environment for women at this company.” Apparently, this has been going on for almost three decades, with Harvey allegedly settling out of court with eight different women.
Gwyneth Paltrow and Angelina Jolie have since joined the many voices speaking out against Harvey. In a new story in the New York Times, Gwyn says she was sexually assaulted by the man who helped her win an Oscar. She says she was called to his suite for “massages” after a meeting about a potential role in Emma.
Angie says a “bad experience” with Harvey in her youth prevented her from working with him. Countless other women with ties to the industry have since shared their harrowing tales of run-ins with the Hollywood power player.
Harvey released an apology statement.
Despite the fact that Harvey’s lawyer Lisa Bloom called the allegations “patently false,” Harvey has released an apology seemingly confirming the claims. “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,” he wrote. “I have since learned it’s not an excuse, in the office – or out of it. To anyone. I appreciate the way I’ve behaved with colleagues in the past has caused a lot of pain, and I sincerely apologize for it.” Lisa has since stepped down, and is no longer working with Harvey.
Harvey Weinstein and wife Georgina Chapman
Harvey Weinstein has since been fired from his eponymous company.
On Sunday, Oct. 8, the Weinstein Company fired its co-founder in light of the allegations. The decision was announced in a statement, saying it had been reached “in light of new information about misconduct by Harvey Weinstein that has emerged in the past few days.”
Harvey has an astronomical net worth.
As the co-founder of Miramax and The Weinstein Company, and producer of movies like Kill Bill, Silver Linings Playbook, and My Week With Marilyn, Harvey is one of the most successful people in Hollywood. According to The Richest, Harvey is worth about $150 million, which makes it even more infuriating to know that many of the women who settled with Harvey were allegedly only paid $80,000-$150,000.