The Weinstein Company fires Harvey Weinstein following bombshell 'New York Times' report

Gretchen Carlson Harvey Weinstein

But the movie mogul's fall came quickly after The New York Times reported last week that Weinstein, a man known in Hollywood for his demanding control of film productions and angry outbursts, had made unwanted sexual advances on women stretching over almost three decades. "Next steps will depend on Harvey's therapeutic progress, the outcome of the Board's independent investigation, and Harvey's own personal decisions".

Many Hollywood stars applauded the move by the Weinstein Co. board.

The statement was issued on Sunday by Robert Weinstein, Lance Maerov, Richard Koenigsberg and Tarak Ben Ammar.

Over the weekend, Los Angeles attorney Lisa Bloom quit representing Weinstein after coming under criticism for working with him.

He also said he was taking leave of absence from his company in order to direct his attention to campaigning against the National Rifle Association and President Donald Trump.

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Mr Weinstein is one of the most powerful men in Hollywood. The Weinstein Company board that made this decision was already depleted in ranks by board members who quit soon after the misconduct revelations became public.

Miramax Films Co-founder Harvey Weinstein attends 18th Annual Hamptons International Film Festival Chairman's Reception on October 9, 2010 at the home of Stuart Suna in East Hampton, New York.

As you probably know, the New York Times dropped an expose detailing the myriad of women Harvey Weinstein has allegedly sexually harassed throughout the years. Streep, who had worked with Weinstein, said that her relationship with him was one of respect and she did not know of his harassment behavior.

"If everybody knew, I don't believe that all the investigative reporters in the entertainment and the hard news media would have neglected for decades to write about it", Streep said. The actress praises the women who spoke up against Weinstein, such as Ashley Judd and Rose McGowan, as heroes, while admitting she never knew about any of the offenses made against Weinstein. In a statement, Weinstein said, "I so respect all women and regret what happened".

Harvey Weinstein has been dismissed from the Weinstein Company following multiple sexual harassment claims.

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