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Oscar-winner Harvey Weinstein takes ‘indefinite’ leave amid reports of sexual harassment

Hollywood overlord, producer Harvey Weinstein maintains that he didn’t sexually harass actor Ashley Judd but has taken an indefinite leave from work.

hollywood Updated: Oct 07, 2017 11:52 IST
Weinstein will be suspended from his film company pending an internal investigation into sexual harassment claims leveled against the Oscar winner.
Weinstein will be suspended from his film company pending an internal investigation into sexual harassment claims leveled against the Oscar winner.(Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP)

Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein is taking an “indefinite” leave of absence from the Weinstein Company.

The news comes after the New York Times accused Weinstein of decades of sexual misconduct against his female assistants, employees and actors, resulting in at least eight private settlements.

The Hollywood mogul, 65, issued a lengthy statement after the article was published, acknowledging that his behaviour with colleagues had caused a “lot of pain” and he is apologising for it.

According to Variety, now the board has appointed John Kiernan, of Debevoise & Plimpton LLP, to conduct an independent investigation of sex harassment allegations.

Harvey Weinstein has a history of decades worth of sexual harassment allegations against him. (REUTERS)

“We strongly endorse Harvey Weinstein’s already-announced decision to take an indefinite leave of absence from the Company, commencing today.

“As Harvey has said, it is important for him to get professional help for the problems he has acknowledged. Next steps will depend on Harvey’s therapeutic progress, the outcome of the Board’s independent investigation, and Harvey’s own personal decisions,” the board said in a statement.

Actor Ashley Judd said Harvey made unwanted sexual advances at her. (AFP)

Co-chairman Bob Weinstein and COO David Glasser will run the company in Weinstein’s absence.

In the board meeting Weinstein made it clear that he intends to return. The board meeting got heated, as board members pushed back and argued for a full and independent investigation.

Tim Sarnoff, deputy CEO of Technicolor has tendered his resignation, while billionaire investors Marc Lasry and Dirk Ziff have already resigned from the board.

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