Weinstein Sacked After Sex Harassment Claims

Harvey Weinstein
US film producer Harvey Weinstein. Source: AFP.

American film producer Harvey Weinstein has been sacked from his film studio, The Weinstein Company, amid reports of his persistent sexual harassment.

Weinstein’s firing followed a New York Times report that he sexually harassed women over several decades.

The company’s board said in a statement that since the new information about his misconduct emerged, his employment with the film studio company had been terminated.

“In light of new information about misconduct by Harvey Weinstein that has emerged in the past few days, the directors of The Weinstein Company… have determined, and have informed Harvey Weinstein, that his employment with The Weinstein Company is terminated, effective immediately,” the company’s board statement read.

AFP reports that the accusers include celebrities such as Rose McGowan and Ashley Judd.

They said Weinstein promised to help advance their careers in exchange for sexual favours, adding that he pressured them to massage him and watch him naked.

Politics

Republicans have, however, taken this opportunity to pounce on Democrats because Weinstein has been a major backer of Democratic candidates.

This has also provoked many democrats as they vowed to give their contributions from Weinstein to charity.

President Donald Trump, who said he’d known Weinstein for a “very long time,” said he was “not at all surprised” by the revelations.

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