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Harvey Weinstein Announces Leave Of Absence Amid Sexual Harassment Allegations
Posted: October 5, 2017
LOS ANGELES (CelebrityAccess) -- Hollywood movie boss Harvey Weinstein released an apology and said he is preparing to take a leave of absence, a report on Thursday accused him of years of sexual harassment.

In a statement to the New York Times, Mr. Weinstein 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. Though I’m trying to do better, I know I have a long way to go.”

According to the Times, Mr. Weinstein, over a period of decades, is alleged to have exerted his influence on female colleagues, employees, and people in the industry to extract sexual favors in exchange for career assistance. The Times based their reportage on interviews with current and former employees and film industry workers, as well as legal records, emails and internal documents from his businesses including, Miramax and the Weinstein Company.

According to the Times, Weinstein's alleged behavior frequently fit a pattern. He would arrange a meeting at a luxury hotel, ostensibly for business purposes, and would attempt to steer the encounter into a sexual liaison. Eight women who the Times interviewed for the story reported that Weinstein greeted them in the nude, asked for a massage, or to watch him shower.

Among the interviewees was Ashley Judd, who reported that two decades ago, Weinstein invited her to the Peninsula Beverly Hills hotel for what she expected to be a business breakfast meeting. Instead, upon arriving at the hotel, she was sent to his room where she claims she found Weinstein in a bathrobe, who asked her if he could give her a massage, or if she'd watch him take a shower.

“How do I get out of the room as fast as possible without alienating Harvey Weinstein?” Ms. Judd told the Times, describing her thought process at that moment.

According to the Times, Mr. Weinstein has reached at least eight settlements with different women over his alleged behavior, including several former assistants, an actress, studio exec Lauren O’Connor and an Italian model.

Lisa Bloom, a lawyer advising Mr. Weinstein, said in a statement that “he denies many of the accusations as patently false.”

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