Magazine article Screen International

TWC to Investigate Harvey Weinstein Sexual Harassment Claims

Magazine article Screen International

TWC to Investigate Harvey Weinstein Sexual Harassment Claims

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COmpany figurehead begins ‘indefinite leave of absence’.

Harvey Weinstein began indefinite leave of absence on Friday in the wake of the devastating revelations in The New York Times.

As The Weinstein Company (TWC) co-chairman and president and COO David Glasser assumed the reins of day-to-date operations, it emerged the company had retained lawyers to investigate Thursday’s claims of sexual harassment in the exposé.

TWC issued the following statement: “The undersigned members of the Weinstein Company’s Board of Representatives, constituting a majority of the Board, make the following statement.

“We take extremely seriously the accusations published in today’s New York Times about our Company’s co-chairman Harvey Weinstein. It is essential to our Company’s culture that all women who work for it or have any dealings with it or any of our executives are treated with respect and have no experience of harassment or discrimination.

“We believe it is important to learn the full truth regarding the article’s very serious accusations, in the interests of the Company, its shareholders and its employees. To that end, we have retained an independent and leading lawyer and firm, John Kiernan of Debevoise & Plimpton LLP, to undertake a thorough and independent investigation and report to the full Board on the results of that investigation. …

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