Resignations, fallout grow for embattled manufacturer Weinstein

Saturday, Oct. 7, 2017|4:15 p.m.

LOS ANGELES– A prominent lawyer said Saturday she is no longer representing motion picture mogul Harvey Weinstein as he challenges unwanted sexual advances allegations dating back years, while a TELEVISION news anchor lodged another claim of misbehavior versus the motion picture mogul and a 3rd board member resigned from Weinstein’s company.

The advancements, in addition to the departure of yet another legal representative for Weinstein, are the latest fallout from accusations against the Oscar-winning manufacturer that The New york city Times detailed in an expose Thursday.

“My understanding is that Mr. Weinstein and his board are moving toward a contract,” Flower said in revealing her resignation on Twitter.

Attorney Lisa Flower didn’t react to an e-mail ask for additional comment. She previously has actually represented victims of sexual harassment and attack. Her deal with the co-chair of The Weinstein Co. drew fierce criticism online.

Charles Harder, another lawyer representing Weinstein, didn’t instantly reply to a request for talk about the developments. A Weinstein Co. spokeswoman, Nicole Quenqua, decreased to comment.

Lanny Davis, an attorney who likewise was dealing with Weinstein, is no longer encouraging the manufacturer, stated a person acquainted with the circumstance who was not licensed to speak publicly.

Davis declined comment, his workplace stated.

President Donald Trump, preparing to board a helicopter to take a trip from the White House to a North Carolina fundraising event on Saturday, was asked by press reporters to weigh in on the embattled Hollywood figure. “I’ve known Harvey Weinstein a long time,” Trump replied. When asked if he was shocked by the accusations, the president responded: “Not.”

Trump rejected a question about his 2005 “Access Hollywood” tape comments, where he extolled ladies letting him kiss them and get their genital areas because he is famous.

“That’s locker space,” he stated, echoing his characterization of the remarks after the audio was exposed throughout in 2015’s presidential project.

The accusations of sexual misbehavior against Weinstein were detailed in a report this week by The New york city Times. Weinstein is on indefinite leave from the company he co-founded while it carries out an examination into the claims made by ladies consisting of actors Ashley Judd and Rose McGowan and extending back years.

TV anchor Lauren Sivan contributed to them, detailing a supposed 2007 encounter with Weinstein in a HuffPost report Friday. Sivan, then operating at a New york city cable television channel, Long Island 12, declared that Weinstein cornered her in the hallway of a Manhattan dining establishment near to the public and masturbated in front of her.

Sivan stated she had rejected an attempt by Weinstein to kiss her. “Well, can you simply stand there and shut up,” she declares he reacted.

Sivan, who is now a press reporter and host for Fox broadcast TV’s Los Angeles station, Fox 11, didn’t right away respond to an ask for comment. However she declared the HuffPost report on Twitter.

“Yeah. This occurred. fortunately I didn’t require a task or favor from him + didn’t need to be courteous. Others did. Keep that in mind,” she tweeted, then followed up with a 2nd post: “For those asking why I waited? YOU attempt telling that story 10 yrs earlier. Just possible now due to the fact that of women with bigger names far braver than me.”

The scandal’s fallout consisted of the resignation of Weinstein Co. board member Marc Lasry, charirman and CEO of Avenue Capital Group, which was validated Saturday by a Lasry representative, Todd Fogarty. Lasry signed up with an exodus from the nine-member board, with billionaire Dirk Ziff and, according to reports, Technicolor executive Tim Sarnoff also leaving.

On another front, “Morning Joe” co-host Mika Brzezinski tweeted that “unless Harvey resigns” she will withdraw from a three-book deal she struck last summer with Weinstein Books.

“Authors, stars, and moviemakers ought to not work for any Weinstein company up until he resigns. Not a close call,” she tweeted, along with this: “Harvey Weinstein has to resign from his business, face his illness, and enter into a long, self-imposed exile.”

Weinstein has put in power in Hollywood for 3 decades, producing movies including “Pulp Fiction” and “Shakespeare in Love,” for which he won an Oscar. But his stature has actually lessened in recent years and his company has experienced a string of executive exits, layoffs installing lawsuits and postponed releases.

The New York Times article chronicled claims versus Weinstein from Judd and former workers at both The Weinstein Co. and Weinstein’s former business, Miramax, during several years. The report made a huge impact felt throughout the film market and somewhere else.

“This abuse of power should be called out, nevertheless effective the abuser, and we should publicly stand with those brave enough to come forward,” wrote actress America Ferrera on Twitter. Many others, consisting of Lena Dunham and Brie Larson likewise added their voices to the uproar.

The board of directors has actually pushed Weinstein to step down from the business he helped create, said an individual knowledgeable about the board’s considerations who was not licensed to speak openly. Weinstein has actually resisted, wishing to weather the storm. Discussions between Weinstein and the board have actually been heated and controversial, the person said.

Leadership of the Weinstein Co. will be presumed by Bob Weinstein, who is Harvey Weinstein’s brother, and David Glasser, the business’s chief operating officer.

Harvey Weinstein on Thursday provided a lengthy statement that acknowledged triggering “a great deal of discomfort.” He likewise asked for “a 2nd opportunity.” However Weinstein and his attorneys, including Harder, have slammed the New york city Times’ report in statements and interviews, though neither has actually referenced anything specific.

“We are confident in the precision of our reporting,” said a New York Times representative in a declaration. “Mr. Weinstein was aware and able to respond to specific accusations in our story prior to publication. In reality, we published his response completely.”

In an interview with The Associated Press on Friday, Weinstein lawyer Lisa Blossom had both safeguarded Weinstein and acknowledged he ‘d been “silly.” She saluted the women who have actually come forward to declare wrongdoing however said lots of claims were overblown and consisted of Weinstein telling a woman she “looked adorable without my glasses.”

Congressional Democrats, including Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren, on Friday started offering charities thousands of dollars in donations they had received from Weinstein.

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