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As allegations about sexual abuses committed by Harvey Weinstein grow, the board of The Weinstein Co. distanced itself further from the ousted co-chairman on Tuesday and promised to fully assist “in all criminal or other investigations.”
Its statement read: “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. 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.”
It concluded: “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.”
Nearly 48 hours after the company’s board terminated Harvey from his role at the company, The New Yorker published its on-the-record report by NBC’s Ronan Farrow alleging that the film mogul had sexually assaulted women, including actress Asia Argento and model Ambra Battilana Gutierrez. The report included audio of Weinstein admitting to groping Gutierrez.
Weinstein had defended himself to the magazine in a statement from his spokesperson: “Any allegations of non-consensual sex are unequivocally denied by Mr. Weinstein. Mr. Weinstein has further confirmed that there were never any acts of retaliation against any women for refusing his advances.”
Also on Tuesday, Angelina Jolie and Gwyneth Paltrow went on the record to The New York Times claiming harassment by Weinstein in a new story by Jodi Kantor and Rachel Abrams. “I had a bad experience with Harvey Weinstein in my youth, and as a result, chose never to work with him again,” Jolie told the paper.
The story followed last Thursday’s bombshell investigation by the Times which claimed, citing two sources, that Weinstein had “reached at least eight settlements with women” over the course of several decades. In that report, actress Ashley Judd spoke out and said she was harassed by Weinstein.
Meanwhile on Tuesday, lawyer Gloria Allred held a press conference with former actress and screenwriter Louisette Geiss, during which Geiss alleged abuse and harassment by Weinstein at the Sundance Film Festival in 2008.
The allegations arrive as Weinstein Co. execs are scrambling to come up with a plan to move the company forward. On Monday, a source told The Hollywood Reporter, TWC co-chairman Bob Weinstein and president/COO David Glasser met with ad agencies about potential rebranding, including a new name.
The company’s forthcoming film slate includes The Current War, Paddington 2, The Upside and Mary Magdalene.
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