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A Breakdown of the Harvey Weinstein Scandal

By ELIZABETH WHITE

Managing Editor

Disgraced movie executive Harvey Weinstein has not left the news since allegations about him surfaced last month, and neither have the echoes that reverberated throughout Hollywood.

Women across the entertainment industry spoke up and accused Weinstein of sexual harassment throughout the years. Having trouble keeping up? Here’s a timeline of the major events.

Thursday, Oct. 5

The New York Times published an article “detailing decades of allegations of sexual harassment against Harvey Weinstein,” according to the BBC.

Two of the first women to come forward were Rose McGowan and Ashley Judd. The women accused him of promising them career advancement in return for sexual favors.

Weinstein issued a statement that same day in response to The New York Times’ story.

“I came of age in the ‘60s and ‘70s, when all the rules about behavior and work places were different. That was the culture then,” Weinstein said in the statement, according to The New York Times. “Though I’m trying to do better, I know I have a long way to go. That is my commitment.”

Weinstein announced that he also planned to sue

The New York Times and would be “taking a leave of absence” from The Weinstein Company, according to the BBC.

Friday, Oct. 6

Celebrities and women across America praised the women that came forward against Weinstein. Brie Larson and Lena Dunham were two of the more vocal celebrities reacting to the allegations.

An inquiry was launched by The Weinstein Company, who said it was taking the accusations “extremely seriously,” according to the BBC.

Saturday, Oct. 7

Lisa Bloom, Weinstein’s attorney, resigned. Bloom is known for “representing famous women in and around Hollywood,” including Kathy Griffin after her controversial photo shoot with Trump’s fake severed head, according to Vanity Fair.

“My understanding is that Mr. Weinstein and his board are moving toward an agreement,” Bloom said in a tweet, according to Vanity Fair.

Sunday, Oct. 8

Weinstein was fired by the board of his company, effective immediately. In a statement, it is said that the decision was made “in light of new information about misconduct,” according to the BBC.

Tuesday, Oct. 10

The New Yorker published accusations against Weinstein from 13 more women. This included three allegations of rape.

“Weinstein’s spokeswoman Sallie Hofmeister told the publication: ‘Any allegations of non-consensual sex are unequivocally denied by Mr. Weinstein,’” according to the BBC.

Georgina Chapman, Weinstein’s wife, announced that she was leaving him.

Thursday, Oct. 12

Police in both the United States and the United Kingdom began investigating allegations against Weinstein from the 1980s and 2004.

Rose McGowan took to Twitter, accusing Weinstein of raping her, according to the BBC.

Saturday, Oct. 14

The organization behind the Oscars, The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, voted to remove Weinstein from the board after the allegations against him.

In a statement about the matter, the board said, “We do so not simply to separate ourselves from someone who does not merit the respect of his colleagues but also to send a message that the era of willful ignorance and shameful complicity in sexually predatory behavior and workplace harassment in our industry is over,” according to The Washington Post.

Sunday, Oct. 15

Woody Allen addressed the accusations against Weinstein in an interview with the BBC.

Allen said that “the story was tragic for the women involved but also sad for Weinstein, as his life was ‘so messed up,’” and that he had heard rumors, but not “these horror stories,” according to the BBC.

Tuesday, Oct. 17

Weinstein resigned from the board of his company, but still owns 22 percent of his company’s stock, according to the BBC.

Friday, Oct. 27

The BBC reported that, “Weinstein takes legal action against his former company after his lawyer alleges The Weinstein Company has denied requests for documents to defend himself from allegations.”

 

Monday, Oct. 30

The Producers Guild of America had banned Weinstein for life, according to the BBC.

“The Producers Guild of America has voted unanimously to enact a lifetime ban on Mr. Weinstein, permanently barring him from PGA membership. Sexual harassment can no longer be tolerated in our industry or within the ranks of Producers Guild membership,” their statement read.

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