Board hiring outside lawyer to probe sexual harassment allegations

When ABC host George Stephanopoulos expressed the surprise that many feel at Bloom coming to Weinstein's defense, she argued that she has long wanted to approach the issue of sexual assault from the side of the accused.

The Weinstein Company board of representatives said in a statement that it takes "extremely seriously" the accusations made in the Times story that said Weinstein had made eight settlements with women who had accused him of unwanted physical contact and sexual harassment over three decades. Sivan says she was trapped by Weinstein's body and was intimidated. The NY Times has unearthed multiple accusations of sexual harassment and inappropriate behavior by the Weinstein Company head, including sexual advances towards actresses and subordinate employees.

Lisa Bloom, one of Weinstein's lawyers who specializes in sexual harassment cases, said Thursday that her 65-year-old client "denies numerous accusations as patently false".

USC declined to respond when asked if the school would accept the donation and continue its relationship with Weinstein, The Hollywood Reporter said. Six of the films he has produced have won the Academy Award for best picture, including "Shakespeare in Love" and "The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King".

Weinstein apologized The Oscar-winning producer said in a written statement that he has been working with a group of rapists for past year, "to know him better and to destroy his demons". "Her life story was brutal, and I have to respect her. That was the culture then", he says.

This evening, it was announced that Harvey Weinstein had been suspended from the brothers' company while these allegations are investigated.

David Glasser, president of The Weinstein Co., said in an e-mail to employees Friday that the company was "taking the allegations seriously", and that the investigation would determine the "best decision for how to address the situation".

"She stands 100 percent behind me".

I have since learned it's not an excuse, in the office - or out of it. She claimed to the Times she never worked with me again.

"I hope Harvey gets the help he seeks", Rock writes, "but I do not buy any of it at this point as I believe he is only going down this path because he can not cover his own sh- up any longer". "I don't know if there's a real significant difference to most people, but sexual harassment is severe and pervasive".

  • Leroy Wright