Harvey Is Out, But Scandal Could Still Affect The Weinstein Co.

Harvey Weinstein was terminated after The New York Times reported a string of sexual harassment and assault allegations made against him.
Posted at 10:36 AM, Oct 10, 2017

Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein is out of a job.

The Weinstein Co.'s board of directors fired its co-chairman Sunday. The termination came after a recent New York Times story detailed a string of sexual harassment and assault allegations against Weinstein.

A statement by the board sent to The Hollywood Reporter: "In light of new information about misconduct by Harvey Weinstein that has emerged in the past few days, the directors of The Weinstein Co. — Robert Weinstein, Lance Maerov, Richard Koenigsberg and Tarak Ben Ammar — have determined, and have informed Harvey Weinstein, that his employment with The Weinstein Co. is terminated, effective immediately."

Weinstein's Hollywood career spans decades. He produced Oscar-winning films, like "Chicago," "Django Unchained," "The King's Speech" and "Shakespeare in Love."

He and his brother launched The Weinstein Co. in 2005. His brother, Bob Weinstein, is one of the board members who decided to fire Harvey.

Even though Weinstein is out as co-chairman, The Weinstein Co. could still face challenges stemming from this scandal.

It's been looking to sell at least part of its TV division for several years. (One of its biggest hits is "Project Runway" and its various spinoffs. That division was also behind the now-canceled "Marco Polo" series on Netflix.) But the allegations could make the offer to sell less attractive to potential buyers.

The Weinstein Co.'s box office sales have been sliding. "Lee Daniels' The Butler" in 2013 was its last film to gross more than $100 million domestically.

And the Weinstein allegations could affect ticket sales for its upcoming releases, including "Amityville: The Awakening" and "Paddington 2."

The board didn't say if Weinstein's termination affects his stake in the company.