Harvey Weinstein, co-founder of Miramax and Weinstein Co., announced that he is taking a leave of absence following a report published in The New York Times.
For decades, Weinstein has held a lofty position in Hollywood as one of the industry’s most powerful figures — an old-school, larger-than-life movie mogul who was never shy about throwing his weight around. “The Punisher. Old Testament, I guess,” Streep added that night to laughter and applause.
But Weinstein’s name — such a regular refrain on countless Oscar nights — on Thursday rang out in a different way. In a bombshell expose, The New York Times reported that Weinstein had reached at least eight legal settlements with women over alleged harassment. With allegations levied by actresses including Ashley Judd and former employees at both the Weinstein Co. and Weinstein’s former company, Miramax, the report detailed decades of abuse.