Hollywood producer, Harvey Weinstein of The Weinstein Company, is facing serious allegations regarding sexual misconduct.
The New York Times published an investigation, backed by multiple sources, in which several women came forward claiming sexual assault and harassment allegations against the powerful entertainment figure.
The investigation includes legal records and internal documents that go back over three decades of allegations from current and former employees of Weinstein and film industry workers.
One of the women who came forward was actress Ashley Judd. She said that 20 years ago she was asked to meet Weinstein for a breakfast meeting at the Peninsula Beverly Hills Hotel. The meeting turned into him inviting her up to his hotel room and claimed he asked to give her a massage and watch him shower.
“How do I get out of the room as fast as possible without alienating Harvey Weinstein?” Judd said recalling the incident.
Over nearly 3 decades, the former Miramax head reached at least eight settlements with different women with allegations similar to Judd’s. This information was disclosed by two company employees speaking on the condition of anonymity.
The publication reports that one of those undisclosed settlements was with actress Rose McGowan in 1997. A $100,000 settlement was reached but “not to be construed as an admission” by Weinstein. The document states that it was intended to “avoid litigation and buy peace.”
Weinstein has assembled a team of attorneys—including Lisa Bloom and Charles Harder—to represent him as he continues to face the most recent set of allegations.
Weinstein released a statement that said, “I came of age in the 60’s and 70’s, when all the rules about behavior and workplaces were different. That was the culture then, I have since learned it’s not an excuse, in the office – or out of it. To anyone. I realized some time ago that I needed to be a better person and my interactions with the people I work with have changed.”
But contrary to what it may seem like a Mea Culpa, it was also revealed that Weinstein is prepping a lawsuit against The Times.