October 8, 2017

"Harvey Weinstein Fired From The Weinstein Company."

The Wrap reports.

Internally, Weinstein continued to fight for his survival, insiders have told TheWrap. His advisors — including his brother Bob — told him that he needed to take the allegations seriously and not merely pay lip service. They wanted him to leave for six months and get treatment for sex addiction or whatever his unacceptable behavior would be designated.

Weinstein told TheWrap in an interview on Thursday that he was sincere in his apology and intention to make amends. But reports continued to leak out of the company that the CEO was determined to dictate the terms of his leave of absence and treatment.

The board became increasingly concerned about the company’s survival and were in the midst of negotiating a deal on Saturday and Sunday for Weinstein to resign. That deal apparently fell apart on Sunday, and the board issued the termination notice, bringing an extraordinary end to the career of one of Hollywood’s most powerful moguls....

80 comments:

LYNNDH said...

It's not over until the Fat Lady Sings.

Humperdink said...
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Quayle said...

Ethical duty? Bleh - who cares! They're well connected. They can shape ethics.

Fiduciary Duty? That gets their full attention and respect! Their own funds are now on the line (after the D&O insurance runs out, at least.)

Etienne said...
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Humperdink said...

It would appear this was an anti-climactic decision to everybody but ol' Harv.

Ken B said...

Weinstein is certainly a miscreant, if for no other reason than that he put private interests above the interests of his investors by the way he made casting decisions. But that does not make Ms Judd for example any the less complicit. Screwing the producer for a part hurts the better actress who loses that part. The city inspector who demands a bribe might be worse than the contractor who pays it to get his bid accepted, but neither is an innocent.

Bob Boyd said...

As one gets older, litigation replaces sex. – Gore Vidal

Michael K said...

Hollywood wants to bury this story. This is the age of Trump and nothing must be allowed to interfere with the narrative,

Oso Negro said...

@LYNNDH - What if the fat lady has Harvey Weinstein's initials tattoo'ed on her ass?

Rob said...

To make amends, Weinstein should be condemned to watch "The English Patient" for eternity. Or once, which seems like an eternity.

The Bergall said...

The Kennedy's were treated better................/s

Jay Vogt said...

crazy that he was able to keep his (certainly) boorish and (possibly) illegal behavior hidden from the board for decades. Good that they are getting out ahead of this scandal and setting a high ethical standard. We can all take a lesson from their swift moral clarity.

Gabriel said...

an extraordinary end to the career of one of Hollywood’s most powerful moguls

This can't be right, NowIKnow assured us he was an obscure figure.

Gabriel said...

@Jay Vogt:crazy that he was able to keep his (certainly) boorish and (possibly) illegal behavior hidden from the board for decades

Not crazy at all. He used to make money for them, and now he doesn't, so it's fine to stop covering for him.

That's all, really.

rehajm said...

...to a nicer guy, for certain. He won’t fade away quietly even if a cottage industry develops around his rehabilitation or whatever they’ll call his cling to power and influence.

Does this mean the pols can keep the money they ask?

The complcit are off the hook for sure.

chickelit said...

All this mountin' over a mogul...

...Harvey needs to come clean instead of into potted plants. Meanwhile, he's still free to back Hillary in 2020. If she even wants to touch that. And she will.

Jay Vogt said...

Gabriel said...Not crazy at all. He used to make money for them, and now he doesn't, so it's fine to stop covering for him.

Ya think . . . . ?

Humperdink said...

"We can all take a lesson from their swift moral clarity."

It would seem the entire entertainment industry (plus more than a few politicos) knew about this character and his proclivities. It would be an extreme stretch to say the board was unaware of this for 30 years.

Jay Vogt said...

Humperdink said...It would seem the entire entertainment industry (plus more than a few politicos) knew about this character and his proclivities. It would be an extreme stretch to say the board was unaware of this for 30 years.

Ya think (2) . . . . ?

rcocean said...

IOW, Weinstein despite being outed as Pig and guilty of sexual harassment and sexual assault over almost 17 years was going to be slapped on the wrist, and sent away to pervert school for six months to learn it was wrong.

But he didn't even want that, so the Board fired him.

Do you really think, Hollyweird won't take Harvey Pervstein back in six months, and declare all is forgiven? Clinton was impeached and then issued the Marc Rich pardon - but was forgiven.

Its not Weinstein did anything unforgivable, like vote Republican.

Breezy said...

Some wrongs take a while to make right, or just less wrong. I bet Harvey never imagined he’d be the main character in one of his productions!

Scott said...

FWIW, according to TheRichest.com, Tyler Perry is worth $400 million, while Harvey Weinstein is only worth $150 million. Draw your own conclusions.

Sam's Hideout said...

Is he really "one of Hollywood’s most powerful moguls...."? The Weinstein Company has less than half a percent of US film market share in 2016. In the late 1990s, at Miramax (owned by Disney) he couldn't get permission from Disney head honcho Eisner to go into production for a two movie version of The Lord of the Rings, so he let Jackson go to New Line Cinema.

Humperdink said...

"Ya think (2) . . . . ?"

Ha ha. My comment was in response to the assertion the board acted swiftly. Yep, swiftly after it hit the papers.

Jay Vogt said...

Humperdink said...Ha ha. My comment was in response to the assertion the board acted swiftly. Yep, swiftly after it hit the papers.

I think they acted just in time to be certifiably craven.

n.n said...

Weinstein is social liberals' sacrificial baby. One of millions progressively, globally.

Jay Vogt said...

Make that transparently craven.

Humperdink said...

The question is, who's next? The answer, no one. The libs (read: NY Times) have seen the damage done and the hypocrisy allegations. This will be it.

Jay Vogt said...

I'll set the over/under of board resignations at zero.
Anybody want the long side of the action.

Narayanan Subramanian said...

I Hope d&o insurers will balk to pay for this.

SDaly said...

This is not over. New story out that the NYT spiked this story in 2004 (different victims but same MO), after direct pressure from Weinstein, Russell Crowe & Matt Damon.

This snowball still has room to grow.

madAsHell said...

How does such a ugly fuck-up come to be in charge of so many resources?

There is obviously TOO much money in Hollywood!

Bay Area Guy said...

Last time I moseyed on down to the HR department, I was briefed on the Employee Manual, and, there, in black white, section 23.46(c)(4), entitled "Fireable Offenses," it said:

1. Masturbating at office party at rented restaurant, on or near, female employee or guest in hallway.

So, clearly Harvey violated section 23.46(c)(4),

He should be given notice though and an opportunity to be heard.

Virgil Hilts said...

This story is getting better, now including Matt Damon pressuring NY Times years ago not to report on HW's abuse of women.
NY Times Cowardice

Breezy said...

He still has some power via his own knowledge of others. Will he bring them down to try to normalize his own behavior?

alan markus said...

@ Jay Vogt: I'll set the over/under of board resignations at zero

In yesterday's news (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel): http://www.jsonline.com/story/news/local/milwaukee/2017/10/07/bucks-owner-marc-lasry-resigns-weinstein-co-board-state-dems-do-wake-state-dems-donate-campaignretur/742660001/

There was also this in the article: Weinstein is a long-time campaign contributor to Democrats. The Hill said nearly a dozen Democratic senators have said they'll donate cash they received from Weinstein to organizations and causes that provide help to women who have suffered sexual abuse.
On Friday, the Democratic Party of Wisconsin said it will donate $5,000 it received from Weinstein. A spokeswoman said the money will be given "to a group or groups that work with women who are survivors of sexual harassment and abuse here in Wisconsin."

StephenFearby said...

Weinstein

You ain't nothing but a horndog
Lyin' all the time

(Unlike Hefner) you ain't never caught a Playboy bunny
And ain't no friend of mine

Yeah they said you was high-classed
Well, that was just a lie
You're just another horndog leering all the time

mezzrow said...

Gradually, then all of a sudden...

EDH said...

"Brought to you from your friends at The Weinstein Company."

HoodlumDoodlum said...

Sex addiction or whatever you want to call it.

What an amusing admission.

Jay Vogt said...

Alan M

Thanks for that. Wouldn't be the first bet i've lost. My hat is off to them only in that they were savvy enough to act before being transparently craven. I think that savvy is as far as I can go through

Although 16 months on the board may (just may) have been sufficiently short a time to really know what was going down.

Virgil Hilts said...

Here is a better source for the NY Times now allowing its reporter to do the story on HW
NY Times Hypocrisy

gspencer said...

Boss: I'm going to get right to the point. It has come to my attention that you and the cleaning woman have engaged in sexual intercourse on the desk in your office. Is that correct?

George: Who said that?

Boss: She did.

George: Was that wrong? Should I have not done that? I tell you I gotta plead ignorance on this thing because if anyone had said anything to me at all when I first started here that that sort of thing was frowned upon, you know, cause I've worked in a lot of offices and I tell you people do that all the time.

Boss: You're fired.

Unknown said...

Oh good! Now maybe this will be the last Harvey Weinstein blogpost.

Henry said...

and get treatment for sex addiction or whatever his unacceptable behavior would be designated.

Harvey, it looks like you've got a bad case of douchebag. Take this plane ticket and call me next year.

Ignorance is Bliss said...

Supposedly part of the way that this has been kept quiet is that employees had to sign non-disclosure agreements. I wonder, legally, who could waive those agreements? Would releasing those people from the agreement require Harvey's approval? Or could it be done by the company?

If it could be done by the company, then the company should be pressured to waive the non-disclosures, and let the whole truth come out.

Bay Area Guy said...

"Oh good! Now maybe this will be the last Harvey Weinstein blogpost."

Heh - You wish, Prog.

Virgil Hilts said...

The non-disclosures referred to are part of the settlements negotiated with actresses and staff to whom HW presumably showed his potted plant germination technique.
They would typically say (through several paragraphs of legalese) that we're giving you $150K, but if you ever talk to anyone about the underlying allegations (even family members), you have to pay us all the money back.

Bay Area Guy said...

Harvey's schlong might need a separate non-disclosure agreement.

Now I Know! said...

See Meade, Annie is going for two dozen posts on this Weinstein guy.

Now I Know! said...

Never heard of the guy until four days ago when Annie decided he was the most important Democrat of all time.

alan markus said...

It is enjoyable watching the likes of Now I Know getting trolled by Ann. It's almost like everytime he/she comments about the number of posts on the topic, another one appears.

Quaestor said...

Never heard of the guy until four days ago when Annie decided he was the most important Democrat of all time.

Dixie cup? Shit, a bottle cap will do with room to spare.

Bay Area Guy said...

"Remember: The Weinstein Company didn't fire Harvey because they found out he was a sexual predator. They fired him because WE found out."
-Author Laurie Stark

Unknown said...

I don’t care how many Harvey Weinstein posts Althouse puts up, but it’s getting....

B.O.R.I.N.G

Now I Know! said...

Annie is what happens when your total cultural diet is American Idol and The Apprentice.

n.n said...

If anything, Trump offered an all too kind and conservative characterization of progressive social liberalism. Of course it's not rape-rape. It's only female chauvinists' blind eye to rape... and sometimes rape-rape... and always to lives deemed unworthy, inconvenient, or profitable behind a quasi-legal layer of privacy at Planned Parenthood.

BJM said...

Pure Kabuki. Weinstein and his company are done.

What's even more disgusting is the DNC giving Weinstein's donations to political groups to bundle and pass it back to the DNC, not to women's/victim's support orgs. How stupid do they think we are?

alan markus said...

@ Unknown:

I don’t care how many Harvey Weinstein posts Althouse puts up, but it’s getting....

B.O.R.I.N.G


Trolls are boring and tedious - (i.e, Now I Know). Sometimes it is necessary to troll the troll.

bgates said...

New story out that the NYT spiked this story in 2004 (different victims but same MO), after direct pressure from Weinstein, Russell Crowe & Matt Damon.

^ That comment marks the first time Unknown & Now I Know have ever heard of Russell Crowe, Matt Damon, and the year 2004.

AlbertAnonymous said...

One guy says (paraphrasing) ‘if you’re rich/powerful/popular you could do anything, even grab women by the pussy’ and he’s eviscerated by the Libs and media (but I repeat myself).

Another guy actually does all that stuff...

Crickets from the left.

Now I Know, we all see you for what you are.... troll/apologist/faker.

richard mcenroe said...

Trivia note: Weinstein's first American film release was a British comedy titled "I'm Not Feeling Myself Tonight", that Harvey released over here as "Sex Ray." It featured four sexual assaults in the first fifteen minutes.

William said...

The comedian Louis C.K. Is also in trouble for masturbating in front of a female comedian who was trying to engage him in prooducing her show. Maybe that's some kind of Hollywood thing. Thats how producers mark their territory.

William said...

Maybe somewhere in the Hollywood hills an A-list star is talking to her therapist and telling the therapist that she feels the need to cleanse herself and tell the world all about that incident with Harvey. Harvey's already precarious position in the world depends upon the discretion of some fairly mercurial people......On the plus side, he owns the the rights to the Harvey Weinstein Story. He's already talked to Liam Neeson about starring in the movie.

William said...

There's Fatty Arbuckle and a few others, but, by and large, Hollywood people seem to weather sex scandals fairly well. Even when they don't, Hollywood tries to make amends. Ingrid Bergman was allowed to refurbish her career and reputation. In a couple of years, Liam Neeson will make the movie about how one brave man stood up to the puritans and witch hunters and struck a blow for the liberation of our oppressed souls. The defiant scene where he ejaculates will have a "I am Spartacus" vibe.

YoungHegelian said...

@William,

He's already talked to Liam Neeson about starring in the movie.

Actually, Ron Jeremy would be a better choice for the lead.**

**I don't recommend googling "Ron Jeremy" at the office or in front of the family if you don't already know who he is. That is all.

narciso said...

Btw what happened to that felt film that was going to take the country by storm?

Drago said...

Never heard of the guy until four days ago when Annie decided he was the most important Democrat of all time.

LOL

Streep called him a "god".

Obama sent his own daughter to work for him.

But hey, he's just another guy who lived in the neighborhood I guess!

Kevin said...

After intense pressure from Weinstein, which included having Matt Damon and Russell Crowe call me directly to vouch for Lombardo and unknown discussions well above my head at the Times, the story was gutted.

I was told at the time that Weinstein had visited the newsroom in person to make his displeasure known. I knew he was a major advertiser in the Times, and that he was a powerful person overall.

But I had the facts, and this was the Times. Right?

Wrong.


‘Harvey Weinstein’s Media Enablers’? The New York Times Is One of Them

One wonders whether Now I Know! has ever heard of Matt Damon, Russell Crowe, or the editors of the NYT.

Quaestor said...

Never heard of the guy until four days ago when Annie decided he was the most important Democrat of all time.

Socialist SOP. Fall out of favor with Fearless Leader and suddenly you're an unperson airbrushed from history. First it was Trotsky who? If Inga, Now I Know!, and the usual suspects have their way it will be Weinstein who? ASAP.

rehajm said...

CNBC's Squawk Box's cold open every morning begins with a reading of the day's headlines followed by music selected to relate to the headlines in some way. Red Sox win Game 3 in the series would be met with the Bee Gees Staying Alive for example...

This morning after the headline of Harvey being fired they played some indie sounding group with the hook lyric watch you come. It was Amour by Tender, or something. I suspect they know I was probably the only one watching anf knew they could get away with it...

Annie C said...

Unknown said...
Oh good! Now maybe this will be the last Harvey Weinstein blogpost.

I hope not. I've been enjoying Althouse's posts and all the comments tremendously. Seeing into the industry that has so much influence on thoughts and deeds is interesting.

Assrat said...

>10/8/17, 9:48 PM
Blogger Unknown said...
I don’t care how many Harvey Weinstein posts Althouse puts up, but it’s getting....

I always thought that a short attention span was a sign of mental weakness.

rehajm said...

I hope not. I've been enjoying Althouse's posts and all the comments tremendously. Seeing into the industry that has so much influence on thoughts and deeds is interesting.

Yes. Given how coordinated Hollywood is with the Obama administration and the Hillary campaign this should only be the tip of the iceberg. Remember how Obama's cabinet demanded Hollywood incorporate pro-Obamacare propaganda into the scripts of TV and movies?

I've always argued the TV show Madam Secretary was created primarily as a political vehicle to make Hillary more palatable as a presidential candidate.

Henry said...

I always thought that a short attention span was a sign of mental weakness.

Life, friends, is boring. We must not say so.
After all, the sky flashes, the great sea yearns,
we ourselves flash and yearn,
and moreover my mother told me as a boy
(repeatingly) ‘Ever to confess you’re bored
means you have no

Inner Resources.’ I conclude now I have no
inner resources, because I am heavy bored.

Henry said...

John Berryman

Assrat said...

I'm sorry to hear John Berryman was diminished, but that's not a good reason to think it's normal.

Henry said...

Nothing is more normal than boredom.

Jason said...

Damn. Democrats and libtards REALLY don't want Ann covering this story!

Weird how the same libtard crew that was pounding the table for 24-7 wall-to-wall coverage of the 'pussy grabbing' tape... so much so that they made millions of pussy hats to allude to the comments Trump made, and dragged that annoying actress whats-her-name to make a vulgar and obnoxious speech at Pussypallooza to talk about it all over again, all of a sudden gets a case of the "move on" dry heaves.

Makes me want to read more about it.

P.S. *I* knew Weinstein was a serial-abusing sociopathic scumbag who made Ted Kennedy look like a choirboy, and I have nothing to do with the film industry and live nowhere near Hollywood. For Streep, et. al., to claim total ignorance is Nuremburg-level garbage.

cubanbob said...

Streep knows nothing about almost everything so therefore she shouldn't comment on anything.
She's an actress,actors, they read scripts and mouth the words (preferably with some degree of talent) but it doesn't require them to actually know what they are saying. In a couple of decades they will be replaced by AI and vastly better CGI. Harvey is old, he will be among the last of his type in Hollywood since in the future algorithms won't be offended by guys like him spanking the monkey.