Film producer powerhouse Harvey Weinstein is taking a leave of absence after a New York Times report revealed he has been accused of a suite of sexual harassment allegations spanning 30 years.
On Thursday, The New York Times published an explosive report alleging the 65-year-old has, over decades, sexually harassed women in his industry.
Weinstein, who has won Academy and Tony Awards for films he has produced, is accused of sexually harassing numerous women in Hollywood – from his own employees to actresses – occasionally on the promise that their cooperation would come with a career boost.
They allege Weinstein has reached at least eight settlements – worth anywhere between US$80,000 to US$150,000 – with women who have accused him of sexual harassment over the course of nearly three decades.
Here is everything you need to know.
Who is Harvey Weinstein?
Weinstein is a 65-year-old film producer and one of the most powerful people in Hollywood. Alongside his brother Bob Weinstein, he co-founded Miramax Films in the late 1970s, which began as a small independent film distribution company. By 1993, Disney offered the Weinsteins $80 million for ownership of Miramax and by 2005, they left, only start a new production company called The Weinstein Company (TWC).
He has had a hand in the sucess of films like Quentin Tarantino’s Pulp Fiction, Good Will Hunting, Shakespeare in Love, The Artist, The King’s Speech, Silver Linings Playbook and Lion.
Not only does Weinstein have money, he has enormous influence on the happenings of Hollywood, commissioning films and employing those putting everything on the line to crack into the industry.
He has five children across two marriages, with ages ranging from four to 24. In 2007, he married his current wife, English fashion designer and actress Georgina Chapman.