The sexual harassment allegations against Harvey Weinstein have shaken Hollywood and left the company “shocked and dismayed.”
The Weinstein Company is set to make some big changes, one of which is granting permission to television networks to remove Weinstein’s name from show credits. The company will also be changing its name in the next few days, according to the Hollywood Reporter.
Weinstein has agreed to enter a treatment facility for sex addiction, but the board of his company is still publicly denying the sexual harassment allegations.
“The Weinstein Company’s Board of Representatives – Bob Weinstein, Lance Maerov, Richard Koenigsberg and Tarak Ben Ammar – are shocked and dismayed by the recently emerged allegations of extreme sexual misconduct and sexual assault by Harvey Weinstein,” The Weinstein Company board said in a statement. “These alleged actions are antithetical to human decency. These allegations come as an utter surprise to the Board. Any suggestion that the Board had knowledge of this conduct is false. We are committed to assisting with our full energies in all criminal or other investigations of these alleged acts while pursuing justice for the victims and a full and independent investigation of our own.”
In case you haven’t been keeping up with what’s going on in this case, it all started when the New York Times published an expose on October 5th that shocked Hollywood. In the article, they claim that the 65-year old film producer has had a long history of sexual harassment- spanning decades.
Five days later, The New Yorker published its own investigative article that included several allegations of sexual assault against Weinstein.
After the two articles hit newsstands, a number of celebrities, like Heather Graham, Rose McGowan, Angelina Jolie, Gwyneth Paltrow, and several others have come forward with their own reports of inappropriate conduct made by Weinstein.
Weinstein was removed from his own company on October 8 and is currently denying rape accusations made against him.
“Any allegations of non-consensual sex are unequivocally denied by Mr. Weinstein,” Weinstein’s spokesperson Sallie Hofmeister said in a statement to Us Weekly on Tuesday, October 10. “Mr. Weinstein has further confirmed that there were never any acts of retaliation against any women for refusing his advances. Mr. Weinstein obviously can’t speak to anonymous allegations, but with respect to any women who have made allegations on the record, Mr. Weinstein believes that all of these relationships were consensual. Mr. Weinstein has begun counseling, has listened to the community and is pursuing a better path. Mr. Weinstein is hoping that, if he makes enough progress, he will be given a second chance.”
And if you’re wondering about Weinstein’s wife, Georgina Chapman- she announced Tuesday that she was leaving her husband of seven years. The couple has two children together. Stay tuned for more on this story as it unfolds.