Harvey Weinstein takes leave of absence after NY Times details sexual-harassment history
LOS ANGELES — Award-winning film producer Harvey Weinstein announced today he will take a leave of absence from his production company in the aftermath of a New York Times story outlining a series of sexual harassment claims against him.
“I came of age in the 60s and 70s, when all the rules about behavior and workplaces were different,” the 65-year-old producer said in a statement following the article’s publication. “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,” he said. “I appreciate the way I’ve behaved with colleagues in the past has caused a lot of pain, and I sincerely apologize for it.”
According to the New York Times story, Weinstein has reached at least eight legal settlements with women over allegations of sexual harassment, with his accusers including actresses Ashley Judd and Rose McGowan.
In his statement, Weinstein said he has been working with Woodland Hills-based civil rights attorney Lisa Bloom over the past year as part of his effort “to learn about myself and conquer my demons.”
“I have goals that are now priorities. Trust me, this isn’t an overnight process. I’ve been trying to do this for 10 years and this is a wake-up call. I cannot be more remorseful about the people I hurt and I plan to do right by all of them.” — Harvey Weinstein after a NY Times article revealed at least eight legal settlements over sexual-harassment allegations
“I’ve brought on therapists and I plan to take a leave of absence from my company and to deal with this issue head on,” he said. “I so respect all women and regret […]