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The morning after The New York Times dropped the first bombshell investigative report on Harvey Weinstein’s decades of sexual misconduct, former Today anchor Tamron Hall wasted no time in confronting him about the allegations.
In an interview with Huffington Post, Hall, who has partnered with Weinstein Television for an upcoming daytime talk show announced in July, revealed that she dialed the mogul up at 5 a.m. the day after reading the Times report. Calling the claims “horrifying,” she said, “It’s a woman’s worst nightmare to be in a situation where you believe someone more powerful has control over your life.”
Hall added that she “immediately thought about the women who have suffered in silence and were paralyzed by fear; fear that I’ve seen with domestic violence survivors; fear that I’ve seen when I interviewed women who were raped on their college campuses.”
Though Weinstein never acted inappropriately with Hall, the news anchor said the Hollywood producer apologized over the phone and told her he was in need of help.
Hall also said she is in discussions with her agents to decide the fate of her planned talk show deal with The Weinstein Co., which was signed three months before numerous women came forward to accuse Weinstein of sexual harassment and rape.
Weinstein was terminated from his position as co-chairman at his own company on Oct. 8.
“In light of new information about misconduct by Harvey Weinstein that has emerged in the past few days, the directors of The Weinstein Company — Robert Weinstein, Lance Maerov, Richard Koenigsberg and Tarak Ben Ammar — have determined, and have informed Harvey Weinstein, that his employment with The Weinstein Company is terminated, effective immediately,” the TWC board said in a statement following the news.
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