Harvey Weinstein forced out of The Weinstein Company

  • 09/10/2017
Harvey Weinstein fired from The Weinstein Company
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Harvey Weinstein has been forced out of his own company after a slew of sexual harassment claims were made against him by a number of women.

Last week, the 65-year-old took a leave of absence from The Weinstein Company as the allegations made headlines, and he admitted at least some of them were true.

Now, the company is severing ties with him completely.

"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 company says in a statement.

The scandal has seen Weinstein's lawyer Lisa Bloom and advisor Lanny Davis resign, along with other executives, while celebrities including Seth Rogen, Lena Dunham, Judd Apatow and Brie Larson have voiced support for his accusers.

Meanwhile, even US President Donald Trump commented, saying he was "not surprised at all" to see the accusations against Weinstein, whom he said he'd known for "a long time".

After making the statement, a reporter asked Mr Trump how the scandal was different to the infamous audio released last year of him saying he grabbed women by their genitals without consent. Like he did last year, Mr Trump brushed off the comments as "just locker room".