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Harvey Weinstein fired from his own firm after sexual harassment reports

The board made the decision to oust Weinstein from his company at a meeting held on Sunday afternoon

Press Trust of India  |  Los Angeles 

Harvey Weinstein
Harvey Weinstein

has been terminated as co-chairman of following allegations of sexual harassment published in the New York Times.

The board made the decision to oust Weinstein from his company at a meeting held on Sunday afternoon, according to The Hollywood Reporter (THR).

"In light of new information about misconduct by that has emerged in the past few days, the directors of Robert Weinstein, Lance Maerov, Richard Koenigsberg and Tarak Ben Ammar have determined, and have informed Harvey Weinstein, that his employment with is terminated, effective immediately," read a statement from the TWC board.

The Sunday meeting was tense and Weinstein was offered by the board to settle with the company and leave but he refused, THR said citing a source.

Weinstein apparently argued that the scandal would blow over but the nine-member board, whose three members had resigned following the allegations, disagreed.

The company has also hired a law firm, Debevoise & Plimpton, to investigate the allegations independently despite his ouster.

Weinstein is being represented personally by David Boies and Charles Harder.

The October 5 New York Times article by investigative reporters Jodi Kantor and Megan Twohey detailed sexual harassment claims spanning decades against Weinstein, including from actress Ashley Judd.

Two unnamed sources told the newspaper that "Weinstein has reached at least eight settlements with women."

Weinstein, in an initial statement, explained, "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 also said he was taking leave of absence from his company in order to direct his attention to campaigning against the National Rifle Association and President

But the movie mogul's lawyer Charles Harder has confirmed that they were preparing to sue the Times as their story "is saturated with false and defamatory statements about Harvey Weinstein".

The after effects of the scandal have resulted in several Democratic politicians giving away the money that Weinstein had donated to them over the years.

Following the NYT story, several other women have spoken publicly about their encounter with Weistein.

First Published: Mon, October 09 2017. 17:20 IST