When the New York Times published its explosive piece on Hollywood mega-producer Harvey Weinstein and the decades-long sexual harassment accusations against him, there was condemnation from many quarters.

And today, Weinstein is out of a job, fired from atop The Weinstein Company which he co-founded. As more sexual harassment accusations continued to spill into the public square, it became untenable for board members at the film production and distribution company to justify Weinstein’s position. Weinstein’s own brother, Bob, was one of the board members that cut him loose.

A statement was released on Sunday which read:

“In light of new information about misconduct by Harvey Weinstein that has emerged in the past few days, the directors of The Weinstein Company — Robert Weinstein, Lance Maerov, Richard Koenigsberg and Tarak Ben Ammar — have determined, and have informed Harvey Weinstein, that his employment with The Weinstein Company is terminated, effective immediately.”

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Weinstein’s fall from grace is a stunning one. As the face of The Weinstein Company, he was often seen on red carpets with the stars of his movies, movies which garnered Oscar wins like The King’s Speech. And while Weinstein blamed his behavior on a more permissive culture cultivated in the 60s and 70s, most of the claims were much more recent, making his assertions quite a stretch.

Hollywood’s new generation have perhaps raised their voices the loudest against Weinstein. With Ashley Judd’s experiences with Weinstein included in the New York Times article in jarring detail and Rose McGowan’s settlement with film mogul brought to light, the two actresses have been praised for speaking out.

The Glass Castle star Brie Larson tweeted her support, writing, “As always, I stand with the brave survivors of sexual assault and harassment. It’s not your fault. I believe you.”

Girls creator Lena Dunham also tweeted, “The woman who chose to speak about their experience of harassment by Harvey Weinstein deserve our awe. It’s not fun or easy. It’s brave.”

Only time will tell what happens to Weinstein, but as of today, he remains a man out of a job, with few, in any defenders.


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