Once Powerful Hollywood Mogul, Harvey Weinstein, Quickly Disgraced
Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein tried to intimidate his staffers into not cooperating with an independent investigation of sexual harassment allegations against him.
Mr. Weinstein’s conduct was among the Key reasons his company’s board of directors moved to sack him Sunday.
The Weinstein Company (TWC) board accused Harvey Weinstein of breaching the company’s code of ethics.
Last Friday, the board hired John Kiernan, a partner at Debevoise & Plimpton LLP, to investigate claims that Harvey Weinstein sexually harassed actresses, staffers and others over the course of 30 years. The claims were made in a NY-T’s expose 13 years in the making Thursday.
Harvey Weinstein responded by apologizing and promising to get therapy, but has also disputed many of the specific claims and threatened to sue the paper.
John Kiernan, the President of the New York City Bar Association, is a veteran of many corporate disputes and internal probes.
Mr. Weinstein was sacked at the weekend for cause, before Attorney Kiernan’s work could even get underway.
Now other women have come forward since the story to report that they, too, were victims of Harvey Weinstein’s harassment.
Mr. Weinstein’s representatives did not respond to a request for comment.