Harvey Weinstein Timeline: The Fall of the Movie Mogul
Starting in Oct. 2017, the descent of the Oscar-winning producer helped kick-start the #MeToo movement.
The New York Times publishes an investigation, with testimony from such actresses as Ashley Judd, alleging Harvey Weinstein is guilty of three decades of sexual harassment, during which he’s reached confidential settlements with at least eight women, including Rose McGowan. Though Weinstein, who says he’s taking a leave of absence from The Weinstein Co., tells the Times, “I sincerely apologize,” later that day, he threatens to sue the paper, telling the New York Post, he is the victim of “ruthless reporting.”
The Weinstein Co.’s board of directors fires Weinstein from the co-presidency he shares with his brother Bob.
The New Yorker publishes its own investigation, with allegations from 13 more women — three of whom, including actress/director Asia Argento accuse Weinstein of rape. Through a spokeswoman, Weinstein denies any allegations of non-consensual sex. His wife Georgina Chapman announces she is leaving him and taking their two young children.
The British Academy of Film and Television Arts suspends Weinstein’s membership, while the Cannes Film Festival says it is “dismayed” to learn of the allegations. Caught by a TMZ camera crew in Los Angeles, Weinstein says, “I’m not doing okay, but I’m trying. I’ve gotta get help, guys. You know, we all make mistakes. Second chance, I hope.”
On Twitter, McGowan charges that Weinstein raped her.
The board of governors of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, at an emergency meeting, expels Weinstein “to send a message that the era of willful ignorance and shameful complicity in sexually predatory behavior and workplace harassment in our industry is over."
Actress Alyssa Milano promotes the #MeToo hashtag, tweeting, “"If all the women who have been sexually harassed or assaulted wrote 'Me too.' as a status, we might give people a sense of the magnitude of the problem.”
The Producers Guild of America boots Weinstein from its rolls.
Weinstein files suit against TWC, seeking access to his personnel file and email account.
Actress Paz de la Heurta tells Vanity Fair that Weinstein raped her twice in New York.
The Television Academy expels Weinstein.
Warner Bros. acquires distribution rights to Paddington 2 from TWC, after its producer David Heyman says he doesn’t want the film associated with Weinstein’s company.
While reportedly seeking treatment for sex addiction in Arizona, Weinstein is slapped by a restaurant patron at the Camelback Mountain Resort & Spa who says, “You’re such a piece of shit for what you did to those women.”
New York Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman — who himself resigns three months laterbecause of assault allegations — files a lawsuit against the Weinstein brothers and TWC for violating state and city laws barring gender discrimination, sexual harassment, sexual abuse and coercion.
After weeks of negotiations, an on-again, off-again deal to sell TWC to an investor group headed by Maria Contreras-Sweet and including Ron Burkle finally collapses.
Despite a film library of 277 titles and successful TV series in Project Runway and Peaky Blinders, TWC, with just $500,000 in cash in its accounts, files for bankruptcy.
The New York Times team, lead by Jodi Kantor and Megan Twohey, and The New Yorker’s Ronan Farrow share the Pulitzer Prize for public service for their Weinstein exposes.
Judd files suit against Weinstein, seeking damages for defamation, sexual harassment and violations of California’s unfair business competition law, saying he damaged her career.
Lantern Capital, a Dallas-based private equity firm, headed by Andy Mitchell and Milos Brajovic, acquire TWC’s assets with their winning $310 million bid plus agreeing to assume more than $100 million in debt.
At the closing night ceremony at the Cannes Film Festival, Argento says, from the stage, “I was raped by Harvey Weinstein here at Cannes. The festival was his hunting ground.”
Weinstein, surrendering to authorities in New York, is charged with rape and criminal sexual conduct, ordered to surrender his passport, wear an ankle monitor, and restrict his movements to New York and Connecticut. His attorney Benjamin Brafman, saying, “Mr. Weinstein did not invent the casting coach in Hollywood,” says he will plead not guilty.